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  • ccsmod9
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    Thank you for reaching out to us for clarification. It sounds like you’ve gotten a manageable plan in place for yourself, which is impressive for such a young age! While we’re not legal experts, if you have your parent’s consent to stay where you are, the police would have no reason to take you home or ask you to leave your boyfriend’s house. It might be a good idea to get your parent’s consent in some kind of writing – even something like a text message from them could help out, just in case the police ask for verification. Overall, as long as you’re safe where you are and your parents do consent, there shouldn’t be a reason to ask you to leave.

    If you have any further questions or would like to discuss your situation any further, we’re available 24/7. Feel free to call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929), or you can access our online chat at https://www.1800runaway.org/. Day or night, we’re here for you. Good luck with everything!

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    Guest replied
    Hello, I have a question. I moved out when I turned 16. My bf is 19 and we live together. My parents love my bf and understand that I need to be with them. I live in Tennessee. Can the cops do anything when I have my parents consent.

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  • ccsmod9
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    Hello,
    Thank you so much for reaching out to us at the National Runaway Safeline (NRS). Family issues can always be difficult and we appreciate you reaching out and looking for help. It sounds like you are looking for answers regarding legal issues and custody.
    We are not legal experts, but it is understood that in most states including Michigan have a legal minority age of 17. This means until your daughter is 18 she is in your custody and is your responsibility to provide food, shelter, and care. More specific and accurate advice can be found by calling the NRS (1800-RUN-AWAY) or using our chat system. Other options include a non-emergency police line or other legal aid.
    We are here as support to help through this challenging time, however the 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
    My daughter is going on 17 and has a baby I like to move to Michigan where my family is because there dad passed away does she have to go with me

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  • ccsmod4
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    Hello,
    Thank you for writing to us here at the National Runaway Safeline.

    We understand it takes great courage to reach out, and we appreciate you sharing a little bit about what’s going on.

    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 or seek emergency assistance immediately. To report abuse contact Child Help at:1800-422-4453

    Take care,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    Hi I’m 16 years old and I live In Ohio I live with my aunt after my mom left me but she is really over protective and doesn’t let me do anything but stay after school because I’m a Matt maid I would like to move into my boyfriends he’s 17 and lives with is mom is mom would be able to Financial support if I moved in I’m tired of living here I am emotionally abused and forced to take pills for depression that don’t work can someone please help me.

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  • ccsmod2
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    Hello There,
    Thank you so much for reaching out to The National Runaway Safeline, we are here to help and here to listen. We are sorry to hear that you are having such a tough time at home and we understand the want to become independent.
    Even at 16 you are considered a minor, once you turn 18 in most states that’s when you wouldn’t be considered a minor. So what that means is if you do leave home at 16 without your mother’s permission she does have the right to file a runaway report. If the police do find you they most likely would bring you home. Also your boyfriend could potentially get in trouble for harboring a runaway. That would usually be a fine or a misdemeanor.
    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 to provide support. We wish you the best of luck!
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    hey I was just wondering like a person asked , I want to move out with my boyfriend.im 16 and his 19 and I want to be independent to wok and have a job and is it not good if my parents don't want me to move out yet can I still move out with my boyfriend at 16 , I was reading in the text that y'all said that if you move out without your parents permission they would make a police report and they would take as a runaway , soo what I wanted t tell you that that has happened to me one time and it was because I was 15 and the guy was 22 and my mom reported it and they took it has a runaway . but sense I'm 16 would she still would have to report that to a police if I want to move out with my boyfriend or she wouldn't have to do it no more sense im 16

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  • ccsmod13
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    Hi there,

    Thanks for contacting NRS and we appreciate you sharing a little bit about what’s going on. We want you to know that we are here as support to help you with figuring out your next steps in this difficult situation. Asking for help was really responsible and smart of you. We are sorry to hear things are so unstable at home. You deserve to live somewhere that makes you feel safe and supported.

    Generally speaking, you need permission from your legal guardian to leave home and live somewhere else. If you leave without permission, your guardian can report you as a runaway and potentially have you returned home by the police. If your guardian does give you permission to live with your boyfriend then you would be able to live there legally.

    We hope this information is helpful and answered your questions. If you would like to talk more in detail about your situation, please do not hesitate to call our hotline at 1-800-786-2929 or use our live chat services at www.1800runaway.org.

    Good luck,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    hi, i’m going to be 16 in february. i was abused mental and physically at my old home. i moved in with my other grandmother. and i have moved 3 different times. i lost my mother at a young age. and lived with my great nana. i made the decision to move in with my moms mom. i moved out of there for reasons. and came to live with my dads mom. i am tired of being passed around and i just want somewhere permanent. i have a boyfriend that is very good and is going to graduate this year. he lives with his family and they have invited me into their home. they are great people and are very nice to me. he is 17 and i’m going to be 16. can i go live with him and my family legally? without permission?

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  • ccsmod9
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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. If you have probation it might be a good idea to ask the police about what your options are as that requires legal attention. 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’m 16 years old and I know you probably get this a lot and my boyfriend is 18 years old. I live in Alabama but my mom doesn’t mind that I live with him. She mainly wants me out and I think it was because she was kicked out at 16 at her age. But I also have probation for 6 months. Will they allow me to live with him? I haven’t started probation yet but will be on the 21st.

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  • ccsmod15
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    Hello! Thank you so much for reaching out to us.
    To begin with, you mentioned that you want to legally move into your boyfriend’s apartment, without parental consent. In most states, anyone under 18 is still considered a minor. Unfortunately we aren’t legal experts, but if you decide to leave without your parent’s consent, your guardians may contact the authorities, and file a runaway report. In the same way, whoever is harboring a runaway, in this case being your boyfriend, may face some consequences. An option to consider would be to reach out to your local non-emergency number, and asking them about your states local laws and runaway procedures. You may also look into talking to your parents about any future plans you may have with your boyfriend.
    Again, thank you so much for reaching out to us! If you feel like you need to talk further, you may reach out to us anytime at 1800) 786-2929. Best of luck!

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    Guest replied
    Hi, I'm 17 and my boyfriend is 18, can I legally move into his apartment without parental consent?
    We live in Columbus, GA

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  • ccsmod13
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    Hi there,

    Thanks for reaching out to NRS. From what you shared, you have been dealing with a lot lately and it sounds like you have been doing your best to handle it responsibly. From what we know, general runaway protocol does not apply to minors who are in the foster care system. Your attorney would know best what your legal rights are when it comes to where you can live and how to proceed from here. Speaking to your family and attorney about the situation was definitely a good step to take. It sounds like your family is not able to provide for you or your child, and moving to your boyfriend's house would be a much more adequate and supportive living situation for both of you. It could be helpful to contact a caseworker if one is assigned to you, to notify them of the situation. Social services might be under the impression that you left home without permission since you are still in the custody of the state. You have already been taking all of the right steps to prioritize your and your baby's well-being.

    If you need any additional support through this challenging time, please do not hesitate to reach out.

    Good luck,
    NRS
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