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    I'm 16 and i live in georgia. and my significant other is 18 They live in Florida and want me to run away from home to live with them in Florida. If I Cross the state line, can police still find me down there and force me to come back to georgia? Can cops get a subpoena to get into my deleted facebook messages? Would cops interview or interrogate any of my friends or family to find out where I am? If cops found out my location could they search the house to find me? In Florida, I will be taken care of and will be happy with my significant other that I've been with for a year . I get treated poorly at home. I've tried killing myself 9 times, they know about a few of my attempts and don't care to help me or treat me better. They know that I've struggled with self harm. That I currently suffer from severe depression and anxiety. They brush it off. I continue to threaten to kill myself and my parent tells me to do it. To kill myself. I've had a knife pulled on me by one of my parents. I don't want to be taken to a foster home or a shelter. I want my freedom, and I want to be somewhere where I'll be treated with respect. But they wont allow me to become emancipated. Where I'm going I'll have food, shelter, clothes, a warm bed, a partner who will love me unconditionally, and a family who will love me too. I've already ran away once when I was 12. If im caught, Could I be taken to ydc since this would be my 2nd time running away? How long do you figure the cops will look for me before giving up?
    A fast reply would be much appreciated.

  • #2
    Re: 16 yr old in Georgia

    First of all thank you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline - we're here to listen and to let you know that you're not going through this alone. We also want you to know that if you ever feel like your safety is in danger you have the right to call 911. No one should feel like their life is not being valued or supported.
    Although we are not experts on the issue of suicide and if this is something that you would like to focus on then we can certainly provide you the number for the National Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-TALK they may be able to help you more because this is their area of expertise. This is concerning to us because you mentioned that you have attempted suicide several times. They can help direct you towards support and or services for your needs In the meantime, we hope that you can give us a call directly to get some emotional support
    It makes sense of course that you would be worried about the legal ramifications of running away to be with your significant other in Florida. We are not legal experts and can only speak to the general situations you face, but you are always welcome to call in to our safeline at 1-800-786-2929 to talk with us live about your situation as well.
    One course of action that could always make sense to call in anonymously to the non-emergency number of the local police district to see what their policy is on runaways. Talking to your home local police district anonymously could let you know how much investigation is typical to the department (subpoenas, or interrogations). Also, talking to the district that your significant other lives in in Florida would be helpful as you could likely find out what their typical course of action is in cases of runaways taken into custody - whether they hold runaways, return runaways to their parents, or to take them to YDC. However, much of what happens may depend on your parents. If you know they will file a runaway report in case you do leave home, then your significant other and their family could be charged with harboring a runaway. Of course, it depends on the situation, so this could just be good to consider. Did your parents file a report when you ran away the first time? That could help you know what they'll do and what you might need to consider.
    It sounds like there is still much to discuss. If you don’t mind you can give us a call and we can talk about everything thoroughly. 1-800-RUNAWAY
    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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    • #3
      No they didn't file it, but police did get come out to look for me . When I ran away the first time, I didn't really think it through. But I still didn't get caught. I chose to come home . But now that I'm older and wiser and have done my research, I think I can runaway without ever being found. I'm deactivating my facebook, factory reseting my phone and leaving it behind. I'm going to tell my parents I'm staying with my friend for a few days and within that time is when I'm leaving.

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      • #4
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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 sounds like you’ve run before and feel that running is your only option again. 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.

        Often, having a safe space to share how you’re feeling may bring a variety of solutions previously not thought of. You are not alone in this. We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time.

        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 found below.

        If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately. If you’re feeling unsafe and need a safe place to go and talk to someone, you may wish to visit The National Safeplace website (www.nationalsafeplace.org). This organization provides access to immediate help and supportive resources for youth in need.

        We hope to hear from you soon.

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

        Tell us what you think about your experience!
        https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YourOpinionMattersToUs

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        • #5
          In Georgia, if a 16 year old leaves home and stays with responsible adults, can he be forced to go back home? Can the responsible adults be charged with crimes for letting him love with them?

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          • ccsmod10
            ccsmod10 commented
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            Hey there,

            Thanks for reaching out to NRS for help.

            In a runaway situation, youth cannot be arrested. The only time we see people getting in trouble with the law in a runaway situation, is when adults let runaway’s stay with them, they’re charged with ‘Harboring a Runaway’. We are not legal experts, so we always offer to call out to local police with youth to find out about their protocols. If your friend needs a runaway shelter, please tell her to reach out to us, so we can help her!

            Our safeline is open 24/7 and we also have a chatting service via our website!

            Be well, NRS

        • #6
          Hi there. I’m 16 and I live in Georgia. My parent doesn’t want me to move out, so emancipation is off my list. I cannot afford an attorney.

          I am able to provide for myself, I have a stable job. I wanted to know if there is any legal way for my parent to force me to live with them. I can provide for myself, so I thought that was reason enough. Can my parent force me to stay with them or make the cops look for me?

          I was also curious as to if 16 year olds are allowed to rent apartments. I looked everywhere online, but I couldn’t find answers. I hope you can help me. Thank you in advance.

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          • #7
            Reply:Hi there. I’m 16 and I live in Georgia.


            Hello,
            Thanks for contacting the National Runaway Safeline.

            In most states 18 years old is the age that an individual may leave home without permission from their parent or legal guardian. A person under the age of 18 leaving home without permission, a 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.

            Generally speaking, a minor that encounters a police officer while reported as a runaway, may likely be detained until they can be returned home. Another thing to consider is that while running away is not a crime, a legal adult who allows a runaway to stay with them may be putting themselves at risk for being charged with harboring a runaway. A good way to find out the laws in your area is to call the non-emergency number of your local police and ask what their policies are regarding runaway youth.
            We are not legal experts and can only offer general information about entering in to legal contracts as a minor. In most states a minor cannot enter into a contract such as a lease agreement such as a lease etc. We hope this information is helpful.

            NRS is here to listen and here to help.
            If you would like to speak more about your situation please contact us.
            To contact NRS call 1-800-Runaway (786-2929) or live chat with us at www.1800Runaway.org

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

            Tell us what you think about your experience!
            https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YourOpinionMattersToUs

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            • #8
              Hi I’m 15 I’m thinking about running away from home , I’m in a very bad environment and I need out . Can I get in legal trouble for running away ? And can the people I’m in a stay w get in trouble ? I live in Georgia

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              • ccsmod9
                ccsmod9 commented
                Editing a comment
                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. 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 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately.
                We hope to hear from you soon.
                Be safe, NRS

            • #9
              my friend is 16 and she’s in a household that is forcing her to stop talking to her significant other because he’s black she’s being cursed at and she’s miserable we live in the state of georgia what would consequences be if she did leave home without her mother knowing. if she was going to stay at a friends house until she figured things out ?

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              • ccsmod7
                ccsmod7 commented
                Editing a comment
                Hi there!

                It looks like you might have contacted NRS today through another means (for example, live chat, email or bulletin) for the same issue. Thank you so much for reaching out so we can have a conversation. You seem like an amazing friend. NRS understands it takes courage to reach out for help; therefore, we would like to minimize the need for you to repeat your situation and avoid offering you duplicate services. Please know we are always here if you or your friend have any other questions, need support, or if you need resources.

                Best of luck,

                NRS

            • #10
              Hey I’m 17 and I’m thinking about running away. And staying with my boyfriend. Would he get in trouble???

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              • ccsmod15
                ccsmod15 commented
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                Hi, thank you for reaching out to us; we are glad that you did. It sounds like you are thinking of running away but have some questions about what is would mean legally, especially for your boyfriend. We want to help you and answer your questions the best way we can, but because we can’t talk back and forth with you through the forum, we don’t have enough information to answer.
                We hope that you will reach out to us either by phone at 1-800-786-2929 (1-800-RUNAWAY), or with our live chat service through www.1800runaway.org This way we can better understand your situation and help you identify the options that you have and to try to answer your questions.
                We are here for you 24/7 to listen and to help. We look forward to hearing from you.
                Sincerely,
                NRS
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