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    good morning. if u received a message with relatively the same content that would be me however i could not locate my post anywhere. anyway i was just charged with
    harboring a runaway, he is 14 and told me his mother kicked him out and all he had with him was clothes and ipod. he was staying elsewhere and that house was broken into and robbed so i let him and the man i am seeing stay at my house last weekend. law stipulates 48 hrs. and i dont know if it was a little less or more. what was i
    suppose to do? my child is 13 so the mother in me took over. he said he was kicked out because of an altercation with one of his siblings. he is a kid but then i get
    charged for helping him? can someone just say something helpful hopefully please. i really am in disbelief that i am charged when i gave him a roof over his head for a couple days. it was the weekend. i certainly wasnt calling police at that moment however i was already going to be moving on calls on monday and he was arrested out of the house for charges i am unaware of. thank u. steph

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    Re: charged with harboring a runaway

    Thanks for contacting The National Runaway Safeline.

    We are sorry to hear about your situation.
    It sounds like you were trying to do the right thing by providing a youth with safe harbor.
    General information in most states say that the law may allow up to 24hrs to provide a minor safe harbor anything beyond that you are required to contact the parent, police or Child Protective Services.
    When a parent puts a minor child out of the home it could constitute neglect and warrant a child abuse report being filed.

    It’s unfortunate that your attempt to do a good deed has resulted in legal issues for you.
    You might consider giving NRS a call at 1-800-Runaway (786-2929) if you would like legal aid services in your area.
    We are here to listen and here to help.

    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
    [email protected] (Crisis Email)
    1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)

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