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    Hi, I am 12, and I want to runaway and live with my friend. My question is, how old do I have to be to runaway and live with my friend?

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    Thank you for reaching out to us here at National Runaway Safeline. We understand that it takes courage to seek help. It sounds like you are thinking about running away to live with a friend. There is no specific age for running away, a runaway can be anyone typically under the age of 18 that leaves home without parental consent. If you do decide to runaway, your parents have the right to file a runaway report. With a runaway report, if the police find you they may return you home. Running away isn't against the law but if you were to stay with your friend, their parents could get charged with harboring a runaway. The easiest way for you to leave home would be with your guardian's consent. Also,if there is any abuse at home you could contact CPS. We hope that this information helps, if you have any questions or just want to talk please feel free to contact us directly via our 24 hour crisis hotline (1-800-786-2929), email. or live chat.
    Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

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