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    Hello im 17 i will be 18 in 5 months and ive run away a hundred times before and came back on my own accord but this time ive left and never came back ive been gone 30-40 days ive been in touch with my mom and let her know im safe am i still considered a run away after all this time?

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    RE: 17 and been gone for monthes


    Thanks for reaching out to us for support. It sounds like you are in a tough situation, and you raise a good question. 18 is generally the age that an individual may leave home without permission from their parent or legal guardian. If your mother has filed a runaway report with the police, that report will likely remain in the system until your mother calls to cancel it or you turn 18. Running away is not a crime, however anyone who allows you to stay with them could risk criminal charges for harboring a runaway. We are not legal experts, and laws related to runaway minors can be different based on your location or the details of your situation. In some cases, if a youth is turning 18 soon, police might not force a youth to return home, but this really depends on your unique situation, so we cannot predict exactly what would happen in your case. A good way to find out the laws in your area is to call your local police and ask what their policies are. If you need any resources or you need to talk, don't hesitate to call us. We are happy to talk about your situation and help you go through all your options and come up with a plan to stay safe. We are looking forward to your call, and wish you the best of luck.
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