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  • #31
    So I am 15. And my mom kicked me out after two days she texted me telling me to go back home or she will report me as a runaway. She is extremely controlling and really verbally and mentally abusive. She also use to be physical but lately she has been threatening me saying that she will fight me like a girl in the streets. Do I have to go back home? If I make a report that she kicked me out will I be able to continue staying at a friends house? Will I legally need to go back? Waht are my options?

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    • ccsmod3
      ccsmod3 commented
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      Hi there, thank you for reaching out. It sounds like your mom has been abusive in a variety of ways, which you never deserve to be treated that way. It also sounds like she kicked you out, but is now telling you to come back. If your mom were to file a runaway report and you were found by police, you would likely be brought back home, but your mom kicking you out in the first place is considered neglect since you are a minor and could be reported to Child Protective Services. The other abuse and threats you are experiencing could be reported as well. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that you would be able to stay at your friends, the only people who can do that are either if your mom gives permission or CPS deems that it is okay if they were to investigate.
      If you would like to discuss this further with us, please call our hotline 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or chats us online at 1800runaway.org. We hope to hear from you soon.
      Be safe,
      NRS

  • #32
    Im 15 in oregon. My mom kicked me out and so now im trying to figure out where to go. but ik if i call the cops my mom will deny everything and i will get in huge trouble and lose everything. Im confused and scared of going back into the foster system. what do i do?

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    • ccsmod9
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      Hi, there! Thank you for contacting us at the National Runaway Safeline. We are here to listen, and we are here to help. We are so sorry to learn that your mom has kicked you out. It must be difficult to feel as though you have nowhere to go. Your fear is understandable.

      It sounds like you are saying that you would call the cops to help you regain entry to your mom’s house, correct? First, we are not legal experts. However, we can inform you about what we know by way of our experience and what we have read about. If you are under the age of 18, not emancipated, and your mom kicks you out, this can be considered abandonment. Check out this article below for more details: https://www.findlaw.com/legalblogs/l...of-their-home/. Even if you were above the age of majority, while it looks like things vary more, it is clear is that one has to go through the court system to evict a relative. So, it seems like, no matter your age, your mom is in the wrong. Check out this article for more details: https://www.nhregister.com/realestat...s-12459052.php. The police may be helpful in helping you to regain entry. However, it is understandable if you believe they won’t help due to something she may say or deny. You know your situation best; we just want to provide information that perhaps you did not know about.

      Another concern you raised is fears of returning to the foster system. Did you have a pretty good relationship with your case manager? Perhaps they could help to answer any questions or concerns you may have overall?
      Please know that if you ever find yourself without shelter, there are many agencies who may be able to help. If you get to a point where you need somewhere to stay, you can call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY to find youth shelters, United Way 211 by dialing 211 or using this website: https://www.211.org/, or check out a website called Homeless Shelter Directory (https://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/).

      We invite you to call (1-800-RUNAWAY or 1-800-786-2929) or chat with us today (https://www.1800runaway.org/)! Hang in there! Your situation does sound difficult. However, you are doing an awesome job advocating for yourself and looking for help.

      Best,

      NRS
      Last edited by ccsmod9; 11-25-2022, 04:36 AM.
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