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    Hi my gf lives in a group that she was recently put into and she has been having problems and is thinking about running away. Ik that it is illegal for me to harbor her but she running away and I can’t change her mind what will happen if she runs and how long will the police typically look for her? And what resources does she have?

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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 with your girlfriend. It seems there is a lot that she facing with right now and she is feeling like leaving is one of her only options. It seems you and her would 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 she is under 18 and leaves home, the group home may file her as a runaway and she may be returned home. Also, if she stays with you, you 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. Once a report is made the report does not get erased till she becomes 18 so if she is recognized or caught she would go back or may even be brought back to her parents.
    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
    Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

    National Runaway Safeline
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    1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)

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