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  • ccsmod15
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    Thanks for reaching out to us. We aren't legal experts but we can try to answer your question as directly as we can: until you are 18 you are considered a minor and under your parent's supervision. Even if they previously gave you consent to leave home, if they want you to return home before you are 18 and you decide not to, they could file a runaway report. Of course, we have no way of knowing how the local police will respond to such a situation. They may take it seriously, or they may not. You could call the local police non-emergency number and ask them if you want a more definitive answer.

    We hope this information helps. Feel free to call us anytime at 1-800-RUNAWAY or chat with us via the chat feature on our website: www.1800runaway.org. We are confidential and here 24/7 and want to help in whatever way we can.

    All the best,
    NRS

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    I'm 17 and a half and I've been moved out for about 2 months now with consent of my parents but they want me to move back home, can the police do anything if I do not move back?

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    Guest replied
    I turn 17 in 2 days I’ve been a run away for over 4 years now I’m old enough can I get my birth certificate and social security card from my parents if I chose not to live with them now

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  • ccsmod13
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    Hi there,

    Thank you for taking the time to contact us here at NRS. While we are not legal experts we can speak generally on this. From what we know, Michigan law allows for a 17 year old to choose to leave home as long as they have a safe place to stay. This means that if you decide to leave you would most likely not be considered a runaway and police would not intervene to force you back home or pursue harboring charges against whoever you stay with. It would be smart to double check this by calling the non-emergency line for the local police department to ask an officer.

    We hope this information helps. If you have any more questions or would like to talk more about your situation please do not hesitate to contact us directly by phone at 1-800-786-2929 or through live chat at 1800runaway.org.

    Good luck and stay safe!
    NRS

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    I'm 17 and I'm getting tired of losing friends and I just want to live in one state. I currently live in Michigan and would like to know... If I run away and leave Michigan can they do and or charge me or the other person with anything.

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  • ccsmod6
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    Hello and thank you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. It is awful that you are being treated abusively at home and it makes sense for you to want to leave a situation like that. While we are not legal experts, we do have a great deal of experience working with runaways. It is our understanding that, in Michigan, you can leave home at the age of 17 and the police will not force you to return back to your parents. However, that police could be different if you were in another state. If you want to share a little more information about what is going on, we would be happy to help you sort out what your options are and what the consequences could be. Please don't hesitate to give us a call at 1-800-786-2929 or if that is not possible, chat us at 1800runaway.org.

    Take care,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    hi, i am getting verbally and emotionally abused at home and i was wondering if i could leave when i turn 17. i cant call the local police department because my mom would hear but can you call for me and see

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  • ccsmod15
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    Hello,
    Thank you for reaching out to us during this difficult time. It sounds like things at home with her mother have become dangerous and toxic. It’s not okay that she had to quit her job to drive her mother around after her mom got a DWI. It’s also not okay that she is verbally abused. If you have guardianship or legal custody, your granddaughter can return to your home without any legal conseuqences. However, if mom has guardianship, it might be a good idea to look into getting a lawyer to legally protect yourself. We are not lawyers, but it’s not against the law for your granddaughter to run away from home. In most places it’s considered a ‘status offense’. However, anyone she would be caught staying with could possibly be charged with ‘harboring a runaway’ if her mom decided to press charges. Here at the National Runaway Safeline, we cannot tell you what you should or should not do. We can however help you come up with options and provide referrals if necessary. Please give us a call to help discuss your options.

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    Guest replied
    My 17 year old granddaughter wants to move out from her mom and back to our house. Her mom just was arrested for dwi and Cocain possession and lost her drivers license and has forced my granddaughter to quit her job so she can take her to work everyday. Other abuses occurring in the home as well, she’s being forced to do all the laundry and other household chores. Also being talked to with abusive language by her mom and her moms boyfriend. She is being threatened by taking her phone and tv privliges away if she don’t comply. My wife and I have been buying her school clothes and paying her school lunches since grade school. She wants out of there and so do we.

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  • ccsmod15
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    Hi there,
    Thank you for writing to us here at National Runaway Safeline (NRS). It seems like your girlfriend is going through a lot right now and you are looking for ways to support her and help her through this tough time. It seems like a frustrating situation for both of you, and she deserves to feel supported where she lives.
    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
    Hi I have a girlfriend thats not happy at home and wants to run away but has no where to go. Am I able to have her stay at one of my family members or something so shes not with a stranger? Her parents won't let her move out with any family members but she is tired of not being noticed and stuff in her household and wants out but doesnt know what to do.

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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.

    18 years old is generally the age that an individual may leave home without permission from their parent or legal guardian. We are not legal experts here but we can speak in general terms. If you are under 18 and leave home without permission, your parent/guardian may file a runaway report with the police. What actions the police take once you are filed as a runaway can vary a lot from state to state and even city to city so we cannot predict exactly what would happen in your case. Generally speaking, if you encounter a police officer while reported as a runaway, you will likely be returned home. However, in that case there may be services (family counseling, etc.) available to you as a youth in crisis/runaway but again, police procedures related to offering those services can be different based on your location or the details of your situation. Another thing to consider is that while running away is not a crime, a legal adult who allows you to stay with them may be putting themselves at risk for being charged with harboring a runaway. One way to find out the laws in your area is to call your local police and ask what their policies are regarding runaway youth.

    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).
    We hope to hear from you soon.
    Be safe and stay strong,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    Can I leave home at 17 without permission. Will I get in legal trouble

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  • ccsmod16
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    Hi,
    Thank you for reaching out and sharing your experience. We are very glad that things worked out for you because believe that youth are experts in their own situation and know how their parents/guardians may act if they were to leave home. It is different for everyone, including the situation a youth runs to.

    We are here to help youth to be safe and off the streets, and we work hard to help them discover their own options and to discuss their situation.

    The very best way for us to help is if we can talk together. We can do that if youth either call us at our hotline at 1800-786-2929 (1800-RUNAWAY) or via live chat through www.1800runaway.org

    NRS

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    Guest replied
    I left home at the age of 17 in Michigan. No charges were pressed on anyone. hope this helps

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