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  • ccsmod7
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    Hello there, thanks for reaching out today.

    That seems really hurtful that your parents are threatening to kick you out. Generally, it is not legal to kick out a minor without sending them somewhere safe where they can stay and Child Protective Services (CPS) could see that as neglect. If you are kicked out, you have the right to call CPS and report the abuse, and you also have the right to call 9-1-1 and let them know that you were kicked out and need help. If you are interested in reporting, you might reach out to the expert child advocates at Child Help 1-800-422-4453. If you call us here at 1-800-RUNAWAY, we can help call out and make that abuse report with you.

    Please do not hesitate to call or chat us if you would like to talk more about your situation. We are here to listen, here to help: 1-800-RUNAWAY; www.1800runaway.org.

    Best,

    NRS

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    Im 16 in nys and my parents are threatening to kick me out because of some stuff... can they legally do that?

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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. In regards to your question, we are not legal experts nor are we affiliated with the police so we can only speak generally about what could happen if a youth leaves home without the consent of a guardian. Leaving home without parental consent (running away) is not a crime, so the police will not arrest you. If you do leave home without permission your guardian does have the right to file a runaway report. Running away is not a crime it is a status offence (something that only a minor can get in trouble for: truancy, buying cigarettes, etc.) this means that if you have any interaction with the police they will simply return you home. On the other hand the people that you are found to be staying with could face legal consequences that vary depending on your state. You can find out more about how runaway’s reports are carried out by contacting your local police department. We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time.
    Best wishes,
    NRS

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    Can I legally leave home at age 16 to live in the UK with a friend without my parents consent.

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  • ccsmod4
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    Reply: Hi I'm 16 and I live in Texas

    Hi there,
    Thank you for writing to us here at National Runaway Safeline (NRS).

    We appreciate you sharing a little bit about what’s going on.
    You don’t deserve to be abused with threats or not have your feelings taken seriously.
    As of right now you’re feeling like leaving and going to stay with a friend might be a nice alternative for you.
    While we are not experts on the law, someone under 18 that leaves home, the parent/guardian may file them as a runaway and they may be returned home. Also, those that a reported runaway stays with may run the risk of being charged with harboring a runaway. Anyone found to be assisting or aiding someone to run away may also find themselves at risk legally. For more specifics on the law, you might consider contacting the local non-emergency number for the police. You might also look for a legal aid center in the area. They may be able to answer any legal questions on the subject.

    We understand that the constant mistreatment has caused you some frustration.
    You did a good job by reaching out today. NRS is here to listen and here to help.
    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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