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  • Hi im 15
    i wanted to know if i can leave my house if i wished not to stay there no longer

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    • ccsmod15
      ccsmod15 commented
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      Hi,

      It can be difficult to ask for help, and we are glad you reached out to us today. It sounds like you no longer want to stay at home. Leaving home can be a big step and it might be helpful to think about how you will afford food, shelter, medical, and other expenses. We are not legal experts and consequences for leaving home can vary from city to city. In most states you are considered a minor until you turn 18. Leaving home without a guardian’s consent as a minor may pose some challenges. If you have specific legal questions, reaching out to a non-emergency police number is always an option.

      In addition to providing services online, we run a 24/7 hotline (1-800-786-2929) and are always available by phone to offer additional support and resources. Do not hesitate to reach out by phone.

      Good luck,
      NRS

  • Im 16 and pregnant my boyfriend mom says i could go
    live with her but my mom threatens to call the police if i were to leave, i want to leave because my mom constantly brings my brother who just got out of jail because he molested me when i was younger he molested me for three years and he raped my other sister and he touched my own mother and I really want to leave because she doesn't even care about what he did!

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    • ccsmod7
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      We're glad you reached out to us. We'll try to help. It sounds like you are in a very difficult situation.

      It's unfortunate that your mother doesn't care about your brother's behavior. You deserve to live in a safe and caring environment. We are not legal experts but we know that running away is not a crime. It's a status offense. However, if your mother files a runaway report, the police might look for you and if they find you, they can return you to your mother's house. It's understandable that you don't want to live with your brother in the same house. You might want to call CPS and the police about your brother's situation. You have the right to report any abuse in the household. You might also want to contact RAINN at 1800-656-4673 or rainn.org for information on rape, abuse, incest.

      You might also want to call us at 1800-RUNAWAY to talk about your situation. We are here 24/7 and are confidential.

      Good luck,

      NRS

  • Hi.. my name is .... and I live in Arkansas, and I’m 16 years old. I plan on running away from my mom bc she’s very very neglectful and emotionally manipulative Towards me and she wants to move
    Last edited by ccsmod15; 08-25-2019, 01:20 PM.

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    • ccsmod15
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      Hi there,
      Thank you for contacting us at the National Runaway Safeline. It takes great courage to reach out for help and we are glad that you decided to reach out for help.
      It sounds like you are going through a hard time. If your safety is at risk you can call 911. You do have the option to file an abuse report however emotional abuse can be hard to prove. You can call Child Help USA at 1-800-422-4453 and they can help you provide more information on filing an abuse report.

      Running away from home can be hard and it can be helpful to think about where you might stay and how you might pay for food, rent and other living expenses. We are not legal experts however speaking generally if you are to leave home and runaway report is filed you can be brought back home and whoever you are staying with could be charged with harboring a runaway.

      This can be a lot to think about and you are doing great by reaching out for help. If you would like you can call us at our confidential hotline at 1-800-786-2929 and we can listen to you, explore your options and provide any resources.

      We wish you the best and hope to hear from you soon.
      Best,
      NRS

  • hello, i’d like to know if anyone here can help me in my situation. my boyfriend has been staying with me because his dad moved to california from montana, where we are living now. and my family got a cps investigation ordered on us. they are trying to say that my boyfriend can’t stay with us even though both of our legal parents said it’s okay. i am 16 he is 17 so statutory rape is not an excuse to make him leave. they are putting him out of a home by doing this and i need help. please someone provide me with some answers

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    • ccsmod7
      ccsmod7 commented
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      Thank you for reaching out the National Runaway Safeline today. It sounds like a really unfortunate and frustrating situation that two families have reached an agreement about what is best for their son and daughter and that a third party has involved CPS, and now there are consequences to the CPS investigation.

      We are not legal experts, but generally the law says that people under 18 should be with their parents, but their parents can make other arrangements for the care of their children. You’d have to ask a lawyer, but there might be a legal document that his parents could sign that would change the CPS situation. You could also ask CPS if there’s a legal process to change his status in your family that would be acceptable to them.
      You don’t mention how soon your boyfriend will be 18, but once he is 18, the situation could change, although the age of consent is 16 in Montana, so his turning 18 shouldn’t affect the statutory rape issue.
      You didn’t mention where CPS is suggesting that your boyfriend go, but generally resources are not available for him in foster care or a shelter, so it seems that the best place for him is with your family—or with his family, but it’s also logical that might want to finish high school in Montana if he only has one year to go.

      It might be worth having a telephone conversation about this to see if we can work together to figure out what to do. The conversation could include your parents, and/or his parents, if that would be helpful.
      We can be reached 24/7 at 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2727).

  • Hi I’m 16 living in Wyoming. I do not like the way I am being treated at home with my mom I have three other siblings and they get away with everything but if I do something like leave a cup in the living room I get in trouble like I just committed a crime. I feel like I’m in prison. I do not want to live here anymore. Could I go live with another family member without my parents permission and without bringing this to court?

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    • ccsmod3
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      It must be hard to feel like you are not being supported by your mom. It sounds like you want some independence but are being treated harshly for any mistake you may make. If you decide to runaway from home what typically happens is that your parents file a runaway report with the police. You wouldn’t be charged with anything or have to go to court. The police will just return you to your home. If you wanted to live with a family member without permission from your parents then your family member could possibly be charged with harboring.
      We are here to listen and to help and to help keep you safe and off the streets. Whether by phone or live chat, we can help you discover the options that you have.
      You can reach us 24/7 by phone at 1-800-786-2929 (1-800-RUNAWAY) or via live chat through the website at www.1800runaway.org We hope to hear from you!

  • i am 16 at the time and will be 17 next june i plan on moving out on my birthday to live with my boyfriend ive read in missouri cops will be hesitant to return you back home if your in a safe place. but im living with my dad right now and he has really bad drinking problems i often find him asleep on the front porch naked and in other places there has been nights he trys to lay in my bed with me while he is naked. i feel very uncomfortable around him and he tends to get mean when he's drunk would the cops return me back home if i left now while im still 16 since he is a unfit parent?

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    • ccsmod9
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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. . It also 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. 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 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
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