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  • #16
    I am 16 and I want to leave my home my mother is very mentally abusive and all we do is fight she constantly is accusing me of doing drugs because of my brothers past I’m not happy there it even has gotten to the point where I would rather take my own life then live with my mom and drunken step father what do I do

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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’re quite overwhelmed by things at home right now. It sounds like you’re fearing that the situation may end in suicide if things don’t change. Your safety and well-being is important. If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255); www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org is also a great resource to reach out to in addition to our crisis services.
      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.
      The easiest way to leave home is with your parents' permission. We understand that might be challenging, however, maybe there’s another family member, relative, or a family friend who could help to communicate how you’re feeling to your parents. The second way is through Child Protective Services if safety is a concern. Lastly, you can also look into emancipation options. In most states you need to be at least 16 to be considered and demonstrate that you can support yourself financially and independently. Emancipation often can be a lengthy process and may even cost some money for court fees. We would be happy to look into legal resources if that’s something you are considering.
      Often, having a safe space to share how you’re feeling may bring a variety of solutions previously not thought of. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. This may be an isolating and lonely time for you, but 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 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

  • #17
    Hi I can't take it anymore in that house my brother raps me and hit me. I told me family and they didn't do anything but call me a lier and put me down my family him and still didn't do anything it makes me feel alone and all my family do it hit me I need a way out please help me

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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’re quite overwhelmed by things at home right now. You certainly do not deserve to be assaulted either physically or sexually. We’re sorry you’re going through this. If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately. You may also be able to report any mistreatment to CPS. Child Help USA 1-800-422-4453 www.childhelp.org is an organization that helps protect minors from being harmed. They can tell you more about how CPS could respond to your situation. If you ever need assistance calling out to CPS to make an abuse or neglect report please call is at 1-800-RUNAWAY.

      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 please chat soon through our website www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button) if you are unable to call in.

      Please be safe. We hope to hear from you as soon as possible.

      NRS

  • #18
    I am a 17yo female and I turn 18 in about half a year. I can't wait any longer and I have the ability to leave an mentally abusive home and live with someone who would take care of me physically, emotionally, etc. with everything I could possibly need. If I ran away and no one found me until after i was 18. Would I or the person "harboring" me still be able to be arrested? Or if I am not caught by then, would it be fine? Also, what part of anything is illegal? I am in Georgia and I see on some places saying 17 is okay, and some saying I have to be 18. I know that I will never be allowed to be emancipated by my parents. I am not even allowed to have a job, go anywhere, talk to anyone, or do anything really but stay home and go to school. I am not allowed to have much contact with anyone outside of family.

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    • ccsmod2
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      Hello There,
      Thank you for reaching out to The National Runaway Safeline, we are here to help and here to listen. It sounds like you are going through a difficult time and we want you to know that you are not alone.

      You do not deserve to be abused in any type of way and we are sorry you are dealing with that, if you wish you can make an abuse report and there are a few ways to go about doing that. One option would be to contact Child Help at : 1800-422-4453, and they can help you file a report. You can also talk to a school counselor, and because they are mandated reporters they would be able to help you with filing a report. Lastly, you can chat or call us and we would be happy to help you file an abuse report.

      We are not legal experts but we do have some information on what could happen if you were to leave. Typically, a runaway report goes off your record once you are of legal age. So in most cases you wouldn’t be required to go home and whoever was harboring you may not get in trouble. To find out the best answer you could consider calling your local police department and see what the protocols are.

      We hope that 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 available to you 24/7 to listen and to provide support. We wish you the best of luck!
      NRS

  • #19
    My daughter will be 16 years old in June she was living with her adopted parents than she was removed from their home due to abuse now she is back in the system in a group home and she wants to come home is there any way she can do that she lives in Warner Robins Georgia But keep in mind that my parents are rights were terminated before she was adopted

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    • ccsmod9
      ccsmod9 commented
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      Hello,

      Thank you so much for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. We are here to listen and help as best we can. We are sorry to hear that living with her adopted parents did not work out for your daughter. It sounds like there may be legal complications with your situation and we would like to help you address this issue more directly by speaking with you. We encourage you to reach out to us directly at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or live chat with us 24/7 for more resources. We look forward to speaking with you and helping you get your daughter to a safe home.

      NRS

  • #20
    I’m 16 and I’m considering leaving my own home because it doesn’t feel safe for me anymore and I do not feel like it has the best interest for my well being in line. A lot of things have happened to show this in the past few days and I was wondering if I could leave safely and legally?

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    • ccsmod7
      ccsmod7 commented
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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. Your sister's actions are unacceptable and it seems like your family's responses have taken a huge toll on your mental health. You deserve to be in a space where you feel safe, welcomed, and cared for. 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. 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 forum 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

  • #21
    I am 16. My parents favor my oldest sister and her boyfriend. It is very obvious to everyone and it takes a toll. We get in trouble for stuff her lies about and me and my siblings and afraid of them most of the time. I don’t know how to get out of this situation but everyone who hears the details tells me it’s not okay and to leave but I don’t want my friends who care about me to get in trohble for helping me or to worry about my safety. I just don’t know what my options are

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    • ccsmod7
      ccsmod7 commented
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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. Your sister's actions are unacceptable and it seems like your family's responses have taken a huge toll on your mental health. You deserve to be in a space where you feel safe, welcomed, and cared for. 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. 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 forum 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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