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  • ccsmod15
    commented on Guest's reply
    Hi,

    Thanks for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline and sharing your story. We know that takes a lot of bravery.

    You are incredibly strong. We are not legal experts, but you and the father may have custody rights. If you are able to keep your baby it can be important to consider how you are going to care for them if you haven’t already, like making sure you have access to everything the baby needs or finding someone to care for them during weekdays if you are in school. If you are willing and able you can give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY or chat with us at our website, and we could help you find some legal aid and discuss planning for caring for your baby.

    Thank you again for reaching out to NRS. Feel free to contact us again anytime as we are available 24/7 and are completely confidential. Best of luck!

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    I ran away from foster care got pregnant just had a baby yesterday but cps found me and now want to take the baby away from me and the father can they take it from both of us I am 17 and he is 21

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  • ccsmod6
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    Thanks for reaching out to us at National Runaway Safeline (NRS). It takes a lot of courage to reach out, and we appreciate you sharing a little bit about what’s going on. There’s a lot that you are dealing with right now and you feel running away would be an option. While we are not experts on the law, 18 is generally the age that an individual may leave without permission. Since you are under 18 and already in CPS custody there may be greater consequences if you run away. Generally, your guardian may file you as a runaway and you will be returned to your guardians custody. For more specifics on the law, the local non-emergency police or legal aid may better answer legal questions. We are here as support to help through this challenging time. If you would like to discuss this more in detail, we are available via chat or phone 24/7. Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button). If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately.

    Talk to you soon and be safe!

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    Hi I am 16 years old me and my brothers were taken when the cops took my dad to jail they had told us we had to go with them because there isn't an adult to take care of us it has been 3 days and they told us we would go back home as soon as our dad got out and he is now out they are now saying that we have to wait until Monday and they are going to see what they have to do with us even tho my dad is out and he is our guardian

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  • ccsmod1
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    Hi there,

    Thank you for reaching out to us here at National Runaway Safeline (NRS). We are sorry to hear about the circumstances and that you do not wish to return to foster care. It sounds like school is valuable to you and we are glad to hear that you would like to go back. First and foremost, we hope that where you are is safe. Please know that we are not law experts, but we unfortunately do not know how it would be possible to enroll in school and remain incognito. We could certainly talk further with you about this and we welcome you to reach out directly through our online chat portal, found on our website at www.1800runaway.org or by giving us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY. We could talk more in-depth about the situation and utilize our resources to provide you viable support.

    Wishing you health, safety, and peace.

    Sincerely,
    NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    I'm a runaway juvenile but I wanna go back to school. I'm on the run from foster care and I don't wanna go back. I'll be 18 in 6 months and I wanna try to go back to school in August. But if I do it'll flag and I don't have any of my records or anything. So what do I do? Do I wait until I'm 18 or is there something I can do that'll keep me uncover and still in school?

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  • ccsmod10
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    It can depend on the state you live in. In most, yes, you can.

    You can google search " 'your state' age of majority" to learn the age of majority in your state (the age at which you can legally live on your own). If it is 18, there shouldn't be any negative consequences to contacting your caseworker. If it is 19 or higher, they might try to arrange a way to get you back into transitional-age foster care, but they also might not.

    You can call us at 1800RUNAWAY or live chat us at 1800runaway.org if you'd like to discuss things more.

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    Hi I’m 18 already and I was in a case in cps & I was a runaway at 16 years old, & never returned back can I contact my case worker so I can get my personal Information such as birth certificate & I.D without having to worry about legal actions

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  • ccsmod1
    commented on Guest's reply
    Hello,

    We appreciate you reaching out to us here at National Runaway Safeline (NRS). Please know that we recognize the strength and courage it takes to reach out in situations like these. It sounds like you are faced with the option of either returning home or being placed somewhere else. We would be delighted to have the opportunity to talk one on one with you about this and gather further information so that we may help you explore some potential options. Please feel welcome to reach out to us through our online chat portal, found on our website at www.1800runaway.org or you may give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY. We look forward to the opportunity to talk more with you about this.

    Wishing you health, peace, and safety,

    Warmly,
    NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    Hi , I ran away from home a week before my 17th birthday , I’m now 17 and found that a day ago I’m in cps custody, cps has reached out to me an said “ that if I don’t return home they will put me in a different place “, but I’m still considered a run away

    i don’t know what to do for one and for 2 what can’t I do

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  • ccsmod16
    commented on Guest's reply
    Hi,
    Thanks for reaching out; we are glad that you did. It sounds like your daughter ran away from her legal guardian and went to your grandma's house. This is a tough situation, for all of the reasons you stated.
    One thing you can do is have your daughter reach out to us, she can chat us through this website, www.1800runaway.org and we will help her decide what she can/wants to do.
    Unfortunately, CPS doesn't often respond to verbal abuse cases, and they are the only ones who can legally placer her with you or another relative, but you can discuss this with her caseworker to see if there is another accomodation that can be made.
    If you can afford an attorney, they may be able to assist in some way, as they would know the laws of your state. We do truly hope to hear from your daughter soon. You are also welcome to chat us or call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY.
    Sincerely,
    NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    I lost my rights unfortunately due to my failure to cooperate. So my daughter was placed with her aunt on her dad's side n another city. We still have contact with each other with her aunt's ok.. but a few days ago my daughter called me and said she ran away. She said she was going to get a ride to my house in another city 5 hours away from her aunt's house. She showed up at my grandma's house the other day and now I'm not sure what to do. She said that she is not going back because her aunt is verbally abusive and she can't take it anymore. I don't want to lose her in the system due to her bad decision making and I don't want to turn her away but I know it's not going to go well for any of us if I don't do something. What is the best way possible to make she she is not placed where she is unhappy and gonna run away from again and I'm afraid she may not reach out to me again and be lost in the world of runaways or something worse..

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  • ccsmod5
    commented on Guest's reply
    Hello! Thank you for reaching out to NRS. This sounds like a very tough situation to be in, I am sorry you’re going through this. Having a family member assault you is absolutely not okay and is never your fault. That should not have happened and you family should not be ignoring you telling them about it.



    There are a few options to consider, you could report this to the police. You would likely be removed from your home and the family member would be investigated. This requires a lot of paperwork and potentially going to court but is an option to consider.



    Running away is an option but your family could report you as a runaway and you could be returned home if found by police.



    A third option to consider is disclosing what is going on to an adult at your school. Many people who work in schools are “mandated reporters” which means they must report to the police if they suspect a child is being abused or harmed. This would take the responsibility of going to the police off of you, but they would likely send a CPS worker or officer to speak with you.



    All that being said, we may be able to help you more specifically if you use out 24/7 anonymous chat line. We could have a deeper conversation and find some more specific resources for you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Our safeline is available 24/7 and someone is always around to talk with you. Here is our website and phone number. https://www.1800runaway.org/ 1-800-runaway

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    I'm 15 years old and I'm in cps custody, I have run away before but the urge to do it again is high. I'm in a situation where I have no idea what to do, I live with family members and one of them sexually assaulted me yesterday morning but the rest of them think I'm lying and are letting the man that did it stay in the home still. I have no urge to stay here and feel like I have done something wrong therefore I want to run away. What should I do?

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  • ccsmod2
    commented on Guest's reply
    Hello There,
    Thank you for reaching out to The National Runaway Safeline, we are here to help and here to listen. It sounds like you are going through a difficult situation, and we want you to know that you are not alone.

    We are not legal experts but we do have some information on the what could happen if you were to leave. If you were to leave home it is a possibility that your foster parent could file a runaway report and if the police were to find you they could bring you back.

    If your baby’s father has custody then most likely social services would not take your baby if the father is taking care of the baby. You could always call social services and talk to a social worker and find out what would happen to your baby if you did decide to leave.

    Running away is not your only option, and we can help you explore all of your options before you make a decision. We are available 24/7 to listen and to provide support to you. We wish you the best of luck!
    NRS
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