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  • ccsmod7
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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

  • ccsmod7
    commented on Guest's reply
    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

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    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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  • Guest
    Guest replied
    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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  • ccsmod9
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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

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    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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  • 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

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    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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  • ccsmod15
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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

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    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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  • ccsmod0
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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

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    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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  • ccsmod6
    commented on Guest's reply
    Hello and thank you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. While we are not legal experts, we do have a great deal of experience working with runaways and youths in crisis. As far as we understand it, you are still a minor and your guardians still have the right to determine where you live. If you leave home without their consent, they can call the police and file a runaway report. It is not illegal to run away and you will NOT be arrested or charged for it. However, a runaway report allows the police to notify your guardians and return you back home if they encounter or find you. Additionally, if someone is sheltering you while there is a runaway report out on you, your guardians have the option of trying to press charges against that person for what is called “harboring a runaway”. Again, we are not legal experts, but this is typically considered a misdemeanor offense. It can be difficult to pursue those kinds of charges, but they do present a very real risk.

    If you want to talk more about what is going on and what options you have, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1-800-786-2929 or chat us at 1800runaway.org.

    Take care,
    NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    Hi I’m 16 and I’m about to be 17 in 5 months and my significant other is 18 and I’m trying to leave my house and me and my significant other are planning to rent a house and I have a stable job and so does he can my significant other get arrested?

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  • ccsmod13
    commented on Guest's reply
    Hi there,

    Thank you for taking the time to reach out to us here at NRS. It sounds like you are going to visit your grandmother and you are trying to find a way to avoid coming back home to your parents/guardians. While we are not legal experts, we can speak generally on this.

    Your parents or your current legal guardians are responsible for you until you turn 18 which means they can decide where you live. The easiest way to live somewhere else would be with their permission. We understand this might be challenging as parents are not always easy to talk to about your needs. Sometimes having an adult advocate for you can make having this conversation easier. Perhaps your grandmother or another adult your trust can help you talk with your parents and convince them to let you stay. There are a couple of other ways to live somewhere else, but they would likely require having to go back home at least temporarily. If your safety at home is a concern, you can make a report to child protective services. While this would not mean you would be placed in your grandmother's custody immediately, it could start a process where this might be an outcome. The final way would be to go through an emancipation process which would make you a legal adult with the legal freedom to choose where you live. Now, this can be a difficult and lengthy process. It generally requires that you show a judge you can live independently and financially provide for yourself.

    We truly want to be a support for you as you decide on your next steps. We are available 24/7 to listen and help as much as possible. Please do not hesitate to reach out again by phone or chat if you would like to talk more in-depth about your situation and explore your options. You can contact us by phone at 1-800-786-2929 or use our live chat services at www.1800runaway.org.

    We wish you the best,
    NRS
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