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  • Guest
    Guest replied
    Hi I'm 15 and I want to move out really badly I just don't like how my family treats me and they do without me and they are probably homophobic they keep on threatening me about it and I can't do anything I just wanna leave I just wanna live with someone else I know I can't stand this abuse anymore

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  • ccsmod2
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    Hello There,
    Thank you for contacting The National Runaway Safeline, we are here to help and here to listen. It sounds like you are going through a difficult time right now. We are not legal experts but we do have general knowledge of the laws. Because you are 15 if you were to leave home without your parents’ permission you could be considered as a runaway. Running away is not a criminal offense it is a status offense, what that means is that if the police found you they would most likely bring you home. It may be hard to go to another country because often times for minors to get into another country they need to be companied by their legal guardian or they need a written permission prom a legal guardian. There are other options for you other than running away. You could consider talking to a school counselor about how you are feeling, sometimes talking to a professional can help us feel better. Also you could consider doing hobbies you enjoy to keep your mind off of what is going on at home.
    If you still feel like running away is your best option, your safety is the top concern. You may want to consider what you will do for shelter, and how you will eat. If you need a safe place to stay, you can call us and we can help you look for shelters or a transitional living programs.
    We hope this information will be helpful in your situation. If you have any other questions or would like to talk more about your situation please feel free to give us a call, we are here 24/7.
    Best of Luck!
    NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    Hi, i'm 15 and i am really depressed and don't feel comfortable in my country anymore. Also, it's not like i'm being abused or anything, i'm just being put under a lot of pressure, i have thought about moving out of the country, but i don't want my parents to know, i know it's almost inpossible but i need to get out of here. I don't have family abroad and my dream has always been to go to South Korea, can you help me please???

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  • ccsmod9
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    Hi there,

    You mentioned wanting to know how you can leave home before turning 18. The easiest way to leave home is with your mother’s 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 mother. 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.
    As far as living with your friend it would help if your mom gave you permission so that there is no trouble with the police. But again know that your mom holds guardianship. Just know that you can always reach out to us.
    Please reach out soon so that we may offer support and resources to you. Our number is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929).

    Be safe,

    NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    Hi im 15, and in desperate to move out of my home because me and my mum often argue and it gets out of hand and things or things are said and I just can't take it anymore, my friend said I could go and live with her but she'd have to ask her mum but if her mum says no I don't know what else to do, PLEASE HELP!!!

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  • ccsmod2
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    Hello There,
    Thank you for contacting The National Runaway Safeline, we are here to help and here to listen. It sounds like you are going through a difficult time right now. It’s difficult to feel hated and unwanted. You may want to reach out to a school counselor, sometimes talking to someone about your feeling may help you feel better. They may be also to provide ways to cope with what you are going through. Because you are 14 if you were to leave home without your legal guardian’s permission you could be considered as a runaway. We are not legal experts but if the police were to find you they would most likely bring you back home. You could consider asking if you can stay at another family members home, or friends house. We hope this information was helpful to you in your situation. If you have any more questions or would like to discuss your situation further please feel free to give us a call we are here 24/7. We wish you the best of luck in your situation, stay strong!
    NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    Hi I’m 14 and really feel hated and like I’m not wanted I really want to move with my older cousin but she says I can’t what do I do.

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  • ccsmod6
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    Thank you for contacting the National Runaway Safeline. Everyone including you deserves to feel loved and safe at home. We are sorry to hear that it sounds like you might be being mistreated and that you feel scared in your own house. If you feel like you are in immediate danger, call 911. If you feel like the way you’re being treated might be abusive, please do not hesitate to call the National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-422-4453. Calling does not require you to report, so if you have any questions about the process and what it looks like, feel free to call them and ask.

    We aren’t legal experts, but we have general knowledge about running away. In most states, running away isn’t illegal, but what is called a status offense. You can’t get arrested for it but it will mostly likely go on your record until you are 18. The police will only know if you have runaway if your parents/guardians file a police report. We can’t say for sure how the police will respond, but we hear a lot that police will take potential places you might be and will actively search for you. If they come across you, the most likely will return you home to your parents. Sometimes we hear that if you are staying with someone who knows you are a runaway and are not actively trying to return you or finding shelter for you, your guardians/or police can press charges against the people who are housing you, with something that is called harboring. One of our main goals is to make sure you are safe, so if you ever seriously decide to run away and need shelter, resources, or a safe place to go you can find safe locations at nationalsafeplace.org or reach out to us directly and we can find local resources in your area.

    If you would like to talk to us in greater detail about what’s going on at home and what options you might have, please reach out to us on our 24/7 hotline 1-800-RUNAWAY or on chat at 1800runaway.org.

    Take care,
    NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    I'm 15 years old and don't feel safe/ loved at home I constantly feel scared when at my house. I have a job that pays alright I was thinking of staying with a friend.

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  • ccsmod11
    commented on Guest's reply
    Hi, and 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 seems there is a lot that you are faced with right now and you’re feeling like leaving is one of your only options. The easiest way to leave home is with your parent's 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.

    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 email 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. Best, NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    I'm 15 and ready to move out of my parents house everything has just become worse and it's getting to the point where I cant stand it anymore I dont know what to do and I'm ready to leave what should I do

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  • ccsmod10
    commented on Guest's reply
    Hey there,

    Thanks for reaching out to NRS!

    We are always here to listen and here to help in any way that we can. It can be very frustrating not knowing what to do or what your next step might be from this point on. It’s brave of you to reach out during your time of need.

    We’re so sorry to hear about your dad’s passing, you’ve been through a lot. It sounds like your home life with your grandparents is taking a toll on your mental health. You are self-awareness is great and shows how strong you are. If you ever want to try to talk to your grandmother about letting you live with your mom again, we offer conference calling services between youth and guardians. We're here if you need our help calling and talking to her about how you’re feeling in the home. You do deserve all the opportunities for happiness. You’re never alone and we are always here to just talk if you need to get those negative thoughts out of your head. Talking to a school counselor could also help you, as far as getting support at school. We also can look up legal aid resources in your area. They’re lawyers who help youth for free and could possibly find ways to get your custody transferred back to your mom

    We’re here if you’d like to talk more about your situation. Our safeline is open 24/7. We also have a chatting service via our website, unfortunately, it is not always open. The best way to contact us would be to call in and talk with our trained liners.

    Be well, NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    hello,I'm 15 years old. when i was younger i had to move in with my grandparents because my dad passed and my mom couldn't take care of me at the time. well know that i'm older my grandma and i get into really heated fights all the time. they are constantly "my fault" they get worse and worse each time. I've been wanting to get out of this house for so long but there was no way i could. she wont let me go back and live with my mom even tho now she has her own house and everything. its been 11 years since she had custody of me and i cant do it anymore.

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  • ccsmod3
    commented on Guest's reply
    Hello-
    Thanks so much for reaching out to us here at NRS! We value your story and want you to know we are here to help. Moreover we want to applaud your courage to reach out and seek help. It takes a lot to seek out resources.
    After reading your story one of the initial responses we want to give you is that you do not deserve to be treated poorly. It seems like this has been going on a while and with all this in mind, we can understand why you feel it is necessary to head over to your friend’s house. Though we are not legal professionals in heading over to your friend’s house there are a couple scenarios that could play out. One scenarios is that because you are 15 you are therefore considered a minor and your parents have the right to file a runaway report. In this case if you run into police there is no serious offense. You simply would be picked up and taken back to your parent’s residence. If you were to be found at a friend’s house again there could be some possible jail time/fines. Your other option would be to report your situation to the proper authorities in which case they would do everything in their power to keep you in familial custody before considering foster care. A good resource to explore would the National Child Abuse Hotline by phone or website (800-422-4453; childhelp.org). This would also help bring awareness to your situation. A third option might be to possibly talk to your folks about giving you written consent about staying at your friend’s house or perhaps a close family member that you feel safe and loved by. The police would be able to provide you with the proper paperwork for that. We also offer conference calls if you would like to have someone talk with you and your parents to discuss about the situation going on at home. We would be on the line with you and your parent to discuss further options.
    Again we want thank you for being so courageous and reaching out. It is our hope that we can get you to a place where you feel supported and loved. If you have any more questions about anything discussed above know that we are here for you 24/7 and we are confidential. If this is the case we would love to help over the phone or the chat option on our website (1-800-786-2929; https://www.1800runaway.org/). We also offer conference calls if you would like to have someone talk

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    I'm 15 and have lived through physical and verbal abuse (the physical has toned down) but I'm constantly arguing with my parents and my dad lives with his girlfriend and she's horrible to me and so are her kids and my dad always takes her side on everything and they think I'm an AWFUL person and they call me a slut and stuff so I can't live there. (I hadn't even done anything at the time that they were calling me those things) And me and my mom NON STOP argue. Is there any way that I can go live with my friend? Foster care scares me because I don't want to have to leave my school. That would put too much stress on me. I don't want to start all over, I like all of my friends and stuff but my family situation just isn't working out. . . I have siblings but they couldn't support me. And I've started sluffing school again because my stress level is extremely high and I don't know if I can handle going back... And I have depression and anxiety so I don't even think a foster family would want me. But my friends dad said that if I need to, that I can move in with them.

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