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  • #16
    Do I need a plan


    • ccsmod10
      ccsmod10 commented
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      It sounds like you are contemplating running away and might be uncertain where you will go or what you will do. We are sure you have your reasons for wanting to run away, and are here to help you do whatever you need to do as safely as possible.

      Coming up with a plan before running away can be helpful to keep yourself safe and reduce stress. Consider where you will go, how you will get there, how long you'll stay there, how you will provide for yourself and keep yourself safe, and who you will contact in case of emergencies and how.

      We are here as a resource to you, and if you'd like to talk with someone about your situation more extensively you can live chat us at or call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY.

  • #17
    Hi, i have thought about running away i did just run away and i was staying with someone i trust, i was thinking about getting emancipated but i don't know how that all wotks


    • ccsmod2
      ccsmod2 commented
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      Hi there,

      Thank you for reaching out to NRS today. We are glad you reached out. It sounds like you are going through a very difficult time right now. Running away and staying with someone else is a big life change and we are here to support you through this process.

      Although we are not legal experts here at NRS, we can try to help offer some guidance about emancipation. Many states vary legally, so depending upon your age and what state you live in, we cannot answer this directly. If you are 16 years or older, you may be able to begin the process. One thing to keep in mind is, to achieve emancipation, you will need to prove that you can financially support yourself, have arrangements for housing and demonstrate overall independence. One helpful resource may be this where you can get a general sense of what emancipation entails: . Also, perhaps look in your local area for Family Law Attorneys who might we able to give you advice free to answer some questions as it relates to emancipation laws in your specific state of residence.

      You mentioned that you did run away recently, and it sounds like you are staying with someone you trust. We are glad you are safe with someone. We do want to share that if you ran away and stayed with someone else without parental permission, there is the possibility that your parent(s) may file a runaway report to local law enforcement where they will collect your name and basic identifiers which goes into a national database that may help local law enforcement find you. Also, your parent(s) may charge the person that is housing you with something called “harboring a runaway” which is a fancy legal term for kidnapping. Again, this all depends upon your age and how your parents may react to your running away. This is a lot to consider and we realize you are doing the best you can--we just want to make sure you’re equipped with as much information as possible.

      If you ever feel unsafe and need a safe place to go to, we recommend you text the word “safe” and your current location (address, city, state) to 4HELP (44357) and Within seconds, you will receive a message with the closest Safe Place site and phone number for the local youth agency.

      Please remain safe and do not hesitate to reach back out to us through the forum, online chat at or call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY. We are available 24/7.

      We wish you the very best,

      NRS Team

  • #18
    What consequences come with being a runaway at 15 years old in the state of Colorado ?


    • ccsmod3
      ccsmod3 commented
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      Hi thank you for reaching out. It sounds like you are considering running away and wondering what the consequences would be. So running away is a status offense meaning it is only illegal because you are under 18. What generally happens, is that your parents can file a runaway report with the police and if police find you, they can bring you back home. If you would like to talk more about what’s making you want to run away, please either call our hotline 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or chat us online at We hope to hear from you soon.
      Be safe,
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