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  • i wanna leave my house and stay with my bf i am15 but i dont wanna get intuble with the law is there any way i can leave and not get intuble

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    • Im 15, and i dont want to live here. my parents said i can leave if i want to but they will contact the police about it. but my question is, is it legal to leave and stay with a friend/relative ? i turn 16 on dec. 3

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      • ccsmod1
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        Hey there,

        Thanks so much for reaching out and sharing a little bit about what’s been going on, we know that it takes a lot of courage. It must be really hard to live somewhere where you don't feel comfortable. We aren’t legal experts here at NRS, but generally speaking, if you do opt to leave your home your parents can file a runaway report, which is essentially a missing person report. Running away is a status offense; this means that it isn’t illegal, but it’s something you can’t do while still a minor (under the age of eighteen). If a runaway report is filed and you are located by the authorities you will most likely be returned home.

        If you’d like to go over what’s going on in depth, or if you’d like to explore other options that you may have available to you, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY. You can also chat us by clicking on the “CHAT” button on top of our homepage. We’re open 24/7 and here to listen and support you in any way we can.

        We'd love to hear from you about your experience using our crisis forum. Your feedback plays an important role in helping us improve our services to support youth and families. Please click the link below to fill out our survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/we_care_what_you_think

        Stay safe,
        NRS

    • I’m 15 and I need to get out of my parents home because my mother is constantly yelling at me because I’m not getting my schoolwork done or because I lied about having the work done and when I push her away from me or raise my voice, she instantly claims I’m physically and verbally abusing her as she calls my brother and tells him I hit her and now he’s threatening me with juvenile detention because he just so happens to be the district attorney of the county. So I need to get out into like foster care or something and I want to make sure I can take some of my important belongings like my computer which my mom is threatening to destroy. Somebody please help.

      Last edited by ccsmod4; 04-30-2020, 03:26 AM.

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      • ccsmod4
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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.
        We are sorry that things are not going well between you and your mom. It sounds like it has been pretty hard for the two of you. It sounds like you’re quite overwhelmed by the things that are happening at home right now.
        Sometimes when communication breaks down with someone you are close to it makes it difficult to know just where to turn. Consider if there is anything within your control that might make things better at home for you. Foster care is something you and your mother and brother might discuss as an option. That being said.
        If you 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. You can look up your city and state to see if there are any safe places near you listed. So that is always an option if you feel like talking to someone in person about what has been going on or if you just need a safe place to stay.

        You also may use your phone to text the word “safe” and your current location (city/state/zip) to 44357. If there are safe places and shelters nearby, a list of those will be sent to your phone and you may have the option to text back and forth with a trained counselor as well.

        You did well reaching out today. We would like you to know NRS is here to listen and here to help. We are her to support you during this difficult time. If you would like to speak more about your situation, please call or chat at 1-800-Runaway(786-2929) or www.1800runaway.org

        Take care,
        NRS

    • Can an undocumented teenager who is 15 years old move out without their parents permission?

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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 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.
        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.
        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.
        Be safe,
        NRS

        Please click the link below to fill out our survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/we_care_what_you_think

    • hello i am 15 female and i cant live with my mother because she is too controlling. She always in my personal business and she also hit me and its just hard live with her

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      • Hello, thank you for reaching out to us during this difficult time. It sounds like home is a very stressful place to be and it makes sense that you would want to leave. You mentioned that sometimes the abuse gets physical and that raises quite some concern for your safety and well being. Absolutely no one deserves to be abused. 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 any harm or abuse is happening at home, you have the right to report it. If you feel like this is an option you want to explore, you may find this website helpful: https://www.childhelp.org/child-abuse/. We can also help you to file a report if that’s the route you are considering. It may also be a good idea to explore options for staying with another family member or someone you trust as far as transferring custody.

        If you’d like to go over what’s going on in depth, or if you’d like to explore other options that you may have available to you, please don’t hesitate to call us at 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
        [email protected] (Crisis Email)
        1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)
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        • I’m 15 and I want to move out. I really can’t deal with my mom I just need to be away from her before stuff gets worse she been giving me bad vibes and I really can’t control my anger.

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          • ccsmod13
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            Hi there,

            It was very brave of you to reach out and share a bit about your situation at home. It can be really overwhelming when the adults at home are not supportive. It is really mature and thoughtful of you to check in with yourself and how you are feeling emotionally. Acknowledging when you are overwhelmed or having a difficult time coping takes a lot of strength.

            We want to help you stay as safe as possible and explore your options. We encourage you to reach out to us by phone at 1-800-786-2929 or live chat so that we can better support you through this difficult situation. We are always here to listen and help as much as possible. Thank you for taking the time to reach out tonight. We truly want to be a support for you anytime you need to talk.

            We look forward to hearing from you soon,
            NRS

        • I am a 14 year old girl (I will be 15 in June) when I was younger my dad verbally and physically abused me and my siblings he is gone now and a couple years after he left my brother and my cousin started to sexually abuse me after the moved out it was me, my mom and my mom’s boyfriend at the beginning of the year there was problems in my mom’s boyfriend and he and her kicked me out to my sisters she works a lot so she sent me to my grandmothers during quarantine she unfortunately passed away and I'm living with my uncle and by brother my brother tries to sexual abuse me but I try and keep distance he sometime verbally abuses me and take out anger on me I really want to leave stay with a friend or something just hate feeling alone it this and constantly being torn down day by day I can't stay here any longer. It seems like every little thing I do they have to shame me and belittle me about it. So can someone please help me, I don't know what to do anymore.
          Last edited by ccsmod4; 05-23-2020, 01:25 AM.

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          • ccsmod4
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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 and you mentioned being harmed. We’re sorry you’re going through this. You don't deserve to be hurt in any way. 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. It may also be a good place to explore options for staying with another family member or someone you trust as far as transferring custody.
            You have gone through some very difficult times emotionally and physically that you deserve to be in a safe place.
            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 about your situation and how we might be of assistance, please call or chat soon at 1-800-Runaway (786-29290 or through our website www.1800runaway.org
            (Click on the chat button).
            You did a very brave thing by reaching out to NRS. Good for you.
            Be safe,
            NRS

        • im 14 turning 15 and i want to move out is there away if i can move to a friends house and i want to move because i been getting threatened and abused.

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          • ccsmod16
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            Hi,

            Thank you for reaching out to us; we are glad that you did. It sounds like things have been very difficult and scary for you and you deserve to be treated threatened and abused. You have been very brave to reach out to us and ask for help, that takes a lot of courage.

            It is understandable to want to leave and live with your friend, but there isn’t a legal way to do that because they don’t have custody of you. But you can reach out to Child Help, a child abuse hotline to report the abuse. You or an adult can call 1-800-422-4453. We can also help you report or look up shelter or other options for you.

            We invite you to use either our live chat or telephone hotline to reach us right away. The best way for us to help you is by talking with you through our confidential services, and we are here for you 24/7 either by calling 1-800-786-2929 or via live chat through www.1800runaway.org
            We are confidential and are here 24/7 to listen and help.
            Sincerely,
            NRS

        • I am 15 turning 16 in less then two months do I need consent to move out and what can I legally do to make it happen

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          • ccsmod13
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            Thank you for taking the time to contact us here at NRS. You mentioned wanting to know how you can leave home before turning 18. The easiest way to leave home is with your parent's or legal guardian's permission. We understand that might be challenging, however, maybe there’s another family member, a family friend, or a counselor who could help to communicate how you’re feeling to your parents. Sometimes these conversations are easier with an adult to advocate on your behalf. The second way is through Child Protective Services if safety is a concern. If you would like to learn more about the reporting process, you can speak with an advocate at Child Help, childhelp.org. 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 aid resources if that’s something you are considering.

            We want to talk more in depth with you so that we can better support you in exploring your options and provide resources. You can reach us anytime at 1-800-786-2929 or through our live chat services at 1800runaway.org for immediate support. We are here 24/7 to listen and help.

            Stay strong,
            NRS

        • I’m a 15 year old girl and I want to move out of my parent’s home. They will never agree with this, but we don’t have the same views on things. And they are unaware of the fact that they’re contributing to my depression. It’s desirable for me to move in with my best friend. How can I legally do this?

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            I’m a 15 year old girl and I want to move out of my parent’s home. They will never agree with this, but we don’t have the same views on things. And they are unaware of the fact that they’re contributing to my depression. It’s desirable for me to move in with my best friend. How can I legally do this?

            Hello There,
            Thank you so much 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 really difficult time and we want you to know that you are not alone.
            We are not legal experts but we do have some information. If you were to leave home without your parents’ permission, they do have the right to file a runaway report. If the police were to find you they most likely would bring you home. One option to consider would be emancipation which would allow you to be able to leave home before turning 18. To find out more about emancipation you can call us for legal aid numbers or you can call your local court house.
            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 here 24/7 to listen and to provide support. We wish you the best of luck!
            NRS
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