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  • ccsmod8
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    Hello there -

    Thank you for reaching out to us here on our public forum. Hopefully you have taken the opportunity to explore the responses on this thread to see if they can help you. It is our thought by helping you during your crisis, that there are others out there going through the same situation can look at this thread and find the answers that they need as well. Of course if you need additional support you are more than welcome to reach out to us via our online chat or our 24/7 hotline.

    As you have probably read from our other replies on this page, is that we aren’t legal experts nor can we tell you want you should or should not do. So from what we know about running away from home before the age of majority, is that a parent always has the right to file a runaway/missing person's report with the local law enforcement. The act of running away isn't considered a crime, it's more of a status offense so something like getting a parking ticket or traffic violation. So it's to our understanding that a parent can't "press charges" against their child for running away. If you are worried about it, you might be able to call your local non-emergency police number to get more information on that and be for sure.

    Best of luck!

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    Can a parent press charges on her child for running away ? In Texas.

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  • ccsmod0
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    Thank you for reaching out. After reading your posting we noticed that it has a lot of similarities as another users post. We have attached a quote from that posting. If you have any follow-up questions we strongly encourage you to give us a phone call. 1-800-786-2929
    Best wishes,
    NRS
    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 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.
    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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    I have a friend close to me that is being physically and emotionally abused at home. He is 16 and lives in Texas. Will be turning 17 in April 2020. Can he legally leave the state if he can go to his ex stepdad’s who raised him? Can someone get in trouble for picking him up and taking him out of state?

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  • ccsmod10
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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 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.

    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
    Can I leave home at 16 in Texas? It’s not my parents it’s just me. I feel it’s best to leave home as soon as possible

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  • ccsmod2
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    Hello There,

    Thank you for contacting The National Runaway Safeline, we are here to help and here to listen. It sounds like you are going through a tough time right now, you do not deserve to be called bad words. This seems like it could be emotional abuse, you can report this by calling Child Help at: 1800-422-4453.
    You mentioned wanting to leave and go to your aunt house, we are not legal experts but we do have some information. Because you are a minor if you were to leave home your legal guardian has the right to file a runaway report. The police would most likely bring you back home again,
    We hope 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 provide support. We wish you the best of luck!
    NRS

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    Hello i'm 16 Years old and i Just want leave home and go to my aunt house because in my house mom always sah bad words to me and something She hit me i leave home in one week ago and the police send me to home and they tell me than she can do IT and to be honest i dont want continúe living with her. I can go to my aunt house?

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  • ccsmod7
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    Hi there, thanks for reaching out today for this young man. Sounds like he is going through so much with his mom and not having a place to go. We are so glad that he has you and your son as supports when he is lacking that at home.

    We are not legal experts but we can speak generally. It could be seen as neglect by child protective services for the mom to put him out like that, so one option is reporting the abuse/neglect. The Texas abuse hotline number is 800-252-5400 if you are interested in reporting the mom.

    As for school, there is a national law that states all homeless youth have a right to their education, and can enroll as a homeless minor. To get connected to the Texas homeless education liaison by calling the National Center for Homeless Education Helpline: 1-800-308-2145.

    You might give him our information if he would like to call or chat us: 1-800-RUNAWAY; www.1800runaway.org. We can look to see if there are local homeless youth shelters in the area he could go to. We also could talk through his situation, provide support, and brainstorm his options with him. Thank you so much for being such a great advocate for him.

    Best,

    NRS

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    Guest replied
    My son children has been knowing this young man for about four years and counting he is now 16 years of age and his mother has been putting him out for sometime now due to reasons. i don't ask any questions when I found out that he has been sleeping in my sons car in this hundred degree weather we stay in Texas. So, my heart was so heavy i allowed him to move in just because I would want someone to do my child that way. He's been wanting to go to school the mother enrolled him out of school he hasn't been going for most of this school year and she doesn't want to give me permission to enroll him. She said that i could get in trouble for allowing her son to stay with me and he is a minor but he refuses to go home and she has moved and don't want him knowing where she stay so he's here. and my son who is of age has been feeding him at one point sneaking him in the house to shower and just to get some air. I mean this is a child who turns there back and allow a child to sleep in a car that in your driveway What should I do

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  • ccsmod8
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    Hello there –

    Thanks for reaching out to us here on our public forum. Hopefully by helping you or giving you the support that you need, there are other’s that are reading this thread and looking for answers can also be helped. It sounds like you’re going through a very rough time and sort of stuck in a circle of self-doubt. You are certainly entitled to your feelings as they pertain to your mental health.

    It’s great that you are thinking ahead and looking into what some options might be for you in terms of getting out of your home to be independent. What we know is that getting emancipated by the court is a process that does take a while and there might be some fees as well. There also needs to be proof that the youth is able to support him or herself on their own. Other requirements sometime indicate that they have had to have lived independently from their parents for a certain amount of time, wishes to be free from parental control, has an acceptable plan for independent living, and be able to manage their own financial affairs. So it doesn't look like there is going to be a fast track to getting emancipated or someone to send you paperwork because it does go through the court system and you will have to wait for a judge to see you and hear your case.

    Now we do offer a service that is basically a Conference Call where the parent/guardian, the youth, and us would be on the phone talking about what has been going on. This way there can be a mediator in between keeping things calm and productive. If you’d feel more comfortable with doing that, just know that it’s always available. It might be a great way to talk about what you are going through and where this feelings might be coming from or come to some agreement that you might need to have someone that you can reach out to for help to address your mental health (ie. a counselor or therapist). Something constructive so that it certainly opens the lines of communication, but that services is completely up to you.

    Only you know yourself when it’s time to leave home due to it being an unsafe situation and it sounds like you might some specific questions that you want to ask us or maybe find a place to vent about what you are feeling right now. It’s hard to talk to just anyone one about what has been going on. So please reach out to talk if you need some more support.

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    Originally posted by Guest View Post
    im 16 years old if i run away in the state of texas could i get arrested or what are the consequences of running away
    I don’t wanna go alone. My home life is ok but my mom has mood swings and she often makes me depressed. I struggle with mental illness but my family thinks mental illness is an excuse and that it’s for petty people basically. I have no one to talk to in my family really. I wanna get emancipated but I doubt the court would let me. I’m trying to graduate early this year but I also just want to be free and away from it all. I’m tired of acting happy and like I’m fine
    Last edited by ccsmod8; 08-08-2019, 11:10 AM.

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  • ccsmod7
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    Hi, thank you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. We are sorry to hear about what has been happening at home. Everyone deserves to feel safe with their family. Most importantly, we want to make sure you are safe in general, so please call 911 if you are actively suicidal or contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-372-8255 if you need less urgent support.

    It also sounds like you are going through a lot personally dealing with your depression, anxiety, and self harm, as well as hiding your gender and sexual orientation. Some other resources that may help you include NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, by calling 1-800-950-NAMI, texting NAMI to 741741, or going to www.nami.org. You can also reach out to the Trevor Project, which is an LGBTQ Youth Suicide Lifeline, at 1-866-488-7386 or www.thetrevorproject.org or the LGBT National Youth Talkline at 1-800-246-7743.

    Finally, in terms of the abuse you describe and are scared will escalate, if you are interested in learning more about or making a child abuse report, a good resource is Child Help (the National Child Abuse Hotline) at 1-800-422-4453 or www.childhelp.org.

    Going back to your question, since you are a minor, you are supposed to live with your parents or legal guardians. If you do leave and stay with a friend, your parents could file a runaway report. This means that if the police find you, they will probably bring you home. We are not legal experts, so we can’t guarantee what would happen if you explain the abusive situation at home. However, you would not be arrested or have a criminal record for running away unless you commit another crime while you’re gone.

    Please reach out to us anytime if you have more questions, need more options, or want help forming a safe plan. We have a 24/7 confidential crisis line at 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929) and an online chat service at www.1800runaway.org. Best of luck with everything and stay safe.

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    I'm 15 and I'm not turning 16 until next April. My home life is awful and im afraid that one day I'm going to start getting physically abused. My family already emotionally and mentally abuses me. They don't let me go out with friends or even leave the house by myself. They yell at me for everything and constantly tell me my depression and anxiety is fake. I've had several suicide attempts and I self harm. My family grounded me when they found out I self-harmed. I'm also bisexual and genderfluid and I know that they would abuse me or kick me out if they found out. I want to go and stay with a friend but I don't know what will happen if the police find me. I can't stay here any longer and I need to know how I can leave.

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  • ccsmod15
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    Hi there, thanks for reaching out! It shows a lot of strength on your end for sure. You seem to be in a really tough situation with your pregnancy, fearing for yourself and your baby, and having to hide the pregnancy from everyone but your boyfriend's aunt.

    We are concerned you mentioned fearing for your life. If you feel you are being abused, Child Help (1-800-422-4453, childhelp.org) can better define abuse, help you get custody transferred to a sage adult, and help you report if you want to. We are confidential and anonymous when you call us, but if you like, we can help you make an abuse report. Again, that is totally your decision!

    For support in your pregnancy (emotional and medical support) you can reach out to Planned Parenthood (1-800-230-7526, plannedparentood.org) which can help you find a clinic for medical care near you, information, etc. Sexetc.com also has lots of good info on pregnancy, including how to talk to your parents. We also offer conference calling with parents if you would like some help in how to approach the topic with your mom.

    To answer your question about moving in with your boyfriend's aunt, since you are considered a minor at 16 (and he is at 17 too in most states), the easiest way to leave is with your mom's permission. We understand that may be very difficult. If there is abuse and cause for safety, Child Protective Services may see it fit for you to live elsewhere, but there is no telling for sure what actions they would take if notified, unfortunately. Again, we can support you through that process if you so choose.
    If you choose to leave without permission, your mom as your legal guardian could notify police and report you as a runaway; meaning if the police come into contact with you, they may take you back home.

    You seem to be trying to do what is best for you and your baby for sure. We are here to support you no matter what decisions you choose to make. We can also offer shelter resources, more pregnancy resources, and support, in addition to the services we mentioned above.

    Best of luck and reach out anytime by phone or live chat at the top of this page, We are 24/7: 1-800-786-2929.
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