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  • ccsmod5
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    Hey there,

    Thanks for reaching out to us and posting on our forum. We appreciate you explaining a bit about your situation. We are here to help in any way we can.

    It sounds like home is really stressful for you. It’s understandable to need an escape when you feel like you’re suffocating at home with your parents. We’re glad that you have your boyfriend in your life, you deserve support during these hard times.

    Unfortunately, if you left home without your parents permission they could call the police and put a runaway report on you. If the police found you then they would bring you home. The closer you get to turning 18, the less likely it is that the police would take a runaway report on you but legally you are a minor until you turn 18. Let us know if you have any more questions or if you need to talk to us more about how you’ve been feeling.

    We’re open 24/7. You can call us or chat with us on our website, www.1800runaway.org . Thanks again for reaching out to us.

    Best, NRS

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    I'm 17 and live in Minden Louisiana me and my parents argue all the time and we are never on the same level i mean im a 17 year old who doesn't have a phone or a license and i can only talk on our house phone for about 5-10 minutes a day. They have crazy stupid rules and are super strict I'm trying my hardest to leave my boyfriend lives in Heflin Louisiana which is about 25 min from me and I'm trying to move in with him but i don't know if i can I can't even call the police to see because I don't have my own phone. I was hoping that I might be able to get some kind of information like if I ran away would I get in any leagal trouble or anything like that? Thanks!
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  • ccsmod0
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    Hey there,

    Thank you for writing to us here at National Runaway Safeline (NRS). We understand it takes great courage to reach out, and we appreciate you sharing a little bit about what’s going on. It sounds like you are dealing with custody issues. We are not legal experts. Your questions would be better answered by legal services or by calling the local nonemergency police number in your area. We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time. We can best help by phone or chat as NRS is unable to respond more than twice by email or bulletin for assistance. If you would like to talk more in detail and share more about how we can help specifically, please call or chat soon.
    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.

    We hope to hear from you soon.

    Be safe,
    NRS

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    I'm 17 and living in the Hardin county area. I'm home alone a lot and my dad and I do not get along. It's affected my mental health severely and I want to move out bad. My mom says I can move in with her but due to past issues my dad refuses to let me even see her. She still has legal rights over me. I was wondering if I DID leave and move in with her without my dad's permission, could the police legally do anything? Is there any way my dad could legally get me back or use the past issues against my mom?

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  • ccsmod13
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    Hi there,

    Thank you for contacting the National Runaway Safeline. It sounds like things at home have been getting overwhelming and it's making you think about the possibility of you leaving. You deserve to be treated with respect and to feel supported. Leaving can be a big decision to make, but we want you to know that we are here as a support.

    Now it might be helpful to know what could happen if you leave home without permission. Leaving home is not illegal and you would not get into any legal trouble. It is a status offense and your parents can report you as a runaway to the police. This means that if they know where you are staying or you come into contact with law enforcement then police would likely return you home.

    We truly want to be a support for you during this challenging time. If you would like to talk more about your options, we are here 24/7 to listen and help as much as possible. You can reach out by phone at 1-800-786-2929 or use our live chat services.

    Stay safe,
    NRS

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    i am 17 years old. things are really bad at home and i have a place i can go and be way safer and feel loved and welcomed. i am only 17 and i live in nebrask. can i legally leave and go to that safe place?

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  • ccsmod5
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    Hi there,

    Thanks for reaching out to us and explaining a bit about your situation. We are open 24/7, always here to listen and help in any way we can.

    We are so sorry that your dad has been mistreating you at home. It sounds like you’re in a lot of pain there and that it’s becoming too stressful. It makes sense that you feel like you need to get out of that environment. Your life matters and your safety is very important to us. If you feel like things are getting too overwhelming and you’re afraid that you may hurt yourself, please reach out to us. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800) 273-8255 or chat with them at www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

    Another option you have, if you feel like getting out of the house will keep you from hurting yourself is running away. It’s not something you can be arrested for but if the police find you then they would most likely return you home. If you do decide to go with that option, please give us a call or chat with us so we can make sure you stay safe. We also can look to see if there’s any runaway shelters in your area.

    We are able to do conference calls with youth and their parents, if you ever need us to call your dad with you and talk about how you’re being treated. We are also able to do conference calls with youth and CPS, if you wanted to report any abuse.

    Again, thanks for reaching out to us. Please give us a call or chat with us on our website. We are open 24/7 and always here for you.

    Stay safe, NRS

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    Guest replied
    Hi, I have a problem with my dad and his new daily! We are always fighting. He has a problem with verbally abusing me. Like he did with my two older brother but they at times got physical with each other. Im being told all the time im a disappointment to him, or that he was stuck with raising me and my sister that it wasnt his choice. He will get in my face and yell at me for trying to tell him how i feel. In 2017 i hit rock bottom and tried to "OD". He then made things worse by saying that if i tried to runaway he would have me sent off to a girl institute till i was 18. Ive had enough of being told he didnt want me, and im a disappointment to him. I live in Bluefield Virginia and really dont know how much longer i can take before somthing bad happens. I really wanna know what it will take or what i have to do to get out of this house.

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  • ccsmod2
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    Hello There,
    Thank you for reaching out to The National Runaway Safeline, we are here to help and here to listen. Wow it sounds like you have gone through a lot in your life and we want you to know that you are not alone, we are here to help.
    You do not deserve to be abused or degraded in any type of way and we are sorry you are dealing with that. You do have a right to file an abuse report and there are a few ways you can go about doing that. One option to consider is calling Child Help at: 1800-422-4453 and they will be able to help you in making an abuse report. You can also call us here at NRS or chat with us and we can help you with filing an abuse report. Your safety is our top concern if you are ever in immediate danger please call 911.
    Also you do not deserve to be sexually assaulted and it is not your fault that you were assaulted. A resource that may be able to help you is RAINN (rape, abuse, incest national network). They can be reached at 1800-656-4673.
    WE are not legal experts but we do have some information. If you were to leave without permission your legal guardian could file a runaway report. Because you are a minor it is a possibility you could be brought back home.
    We hope that this information will be helpful to you in your situation. If you have any other questions or would like to explore more options, please give us a call. We are here 24/7 to listen and here to support you. Best of luck!
    NRS

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    Hello i am 17 and will be 18 in 7 months. I am currently in a bad situation with my family. My mother and i get physical with each other on a daily basis. She calls me horrid names and degrades me; Fat Retarted Worthless Good-for-nothing. I cant take it anymore. I do receive counseling services for my bi polar disorder but when i try talking to them about my situation, they repeat it back to my mother and take her side, I get yelled at and i feel like can trust no one.My stepfather has been sexually assulting me since 12 and though this past few months he has stopped i still feel him staring at me. I was also sexually assulted by a close relative when my mom found out, she took legal action but now throws it in my face and says how i deserved it for dressing "skanky" when i was a 12 year old little girl. Please Help. I want out!!!

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  • ccsmod1
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    Hey Josh,

    Thanks so much for reaching out and sharing a little bit about what’s been going on, we know that it takes a lot of courage. It must be really hard to live in a home with so much tension. Usually, emancipation can be a lengthy and expensive process and may not be a worthwhile endeavor as you may turn 18 in the middle of the process.

    We aren’t legal experts here at NRS, but generally speaking, if your mom gives you permission to live elsewhere than it should not be a problem. However, if you do opt to leave your home without her permission (or if she takes it back), she can file a runaway report, which is essentially a missing person report. Running away is a status offense; this means that it isn’t illegal, but it’s something you can’t do while still a minor. If a runaway report is filed and you are located by the authorities you will most likely be returned home.

    You mentioned that part of the reason that you and your mom are not getting along is that she has a problem with your identity as part of the LGBTQ+ community. Your bravery and resilience throughout this process is so admirable. You are not alone in this and the LGBT National Youth Talkline is a great resource that offers support for young people in similar situations to your own. The hotline is run by those that are familiar with the issues and experiences of those that are also a part of the LGBTQ community. You can reach them by calling 1-800-246-7743 or you can check out their website at gltbhotline.org. You can also check out the Trevor Project, an organization dedicated to helping LGBT teens, by calling 866-488-7386 or by going to thetrevorproject.org.

    If you’d like to go over what’s going on in depth, or if you’d like to explore other options that you may have available to you, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY. You can also chat us by clicking on the “CHAT” button on top of our homepage. We’re open 24/7 and here to listen and support you in any way we can.

    We'd love to hear from you about your experience using our crisis forum. Your feedback plays an important role in helping us improve our services to support youth and families. Please click the link below to fill out our survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/we_care_what_you_think

    Stay safe,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    Hi, my name is Josh and I'm 17 years old almost 18 in 4 months but I'm ready to just move out cause my mom and I constantly get into it and the fact that I'm gay doesn't make the situation any better and she stays bringing me down and tells me a lot if you wanna go than just go as if she's ready for me to leave and she's said it before that she is ready for me to go cause she can't deal so is it possible for me to move out at 17 if she allows it or if I get emancipated cause at this point I'm just ready to go ?

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  • ccsmod3
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    Hi there,
    Thank you for writing to us here at National Runaway Safeline (NRS). We understand it takes great courage to reach out, and we appreciate you sharing a little bit about what’s going on. It seems there is a lot that you are faced with right now and you’re feeling like leaving is one of your only options. It seems you want to know some information on runaway laws.
    While we are not experts on the law, 18 is generally the age that an individual may leave home without parent permission. If you are under 18 and leave home, your parent/guardian may file you as a runaway and you may be returned home. Also, those you stay with may run the risk of being charged with harboring a runaway. 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. We can best help by phone or chat as NRS is unable to respond more than twice by email to assist you. If you would like to talk more in detail please call or chat soon.
    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.
    Be safe,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    Hey I’m 17. I don’t wanna live at home. But I also don’t wanna live with my real mom and her bf. Could I move out right now I’ll be 18 in 4 months. Could I move in with a friend and not be made to move back home. And my dad not stop me from moving out.

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  • ccsmod15
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    Hey there,
    Thanks for reaching out to NRS it seems like you have a lot on your plate and are considering your future options carefully. We are not legal experts but generally running away is not considered a crime, although it may violate your probations so it seems smart to wait for that to end.
    Generally if you still aren’t 18 by then leaving home without permission from your parents means they would make you go home. If they are not your legal guardians then you might be considered a ward of the state. If the state has tried to place you in your home then its possible that they could still report you as a runaway in that situation. Its possible police won’t enforce it too hard if you are close to turning 18 anyway though.
    Hopefully this information helps, if you have more questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to our hotline at 1-800-RUNAWAY or chat with us online.
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