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  • ccsmod15
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    Hi there,

    Thank you for writing to us here at National Runaway Safeline (NRS). We understand it takes courage to reach out, and we appreciate you sharing a little bit about what’s going on. It sounds like things are very stressful with your mother’s abusive behavior towards you. You deserve to live in an environment where you are treated with respect and we are sorry you’re going through this.

    Your safety and well-being is important and you don’t deserved to be mistreated. 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. They can tell you more about how CPS could respond to your situation.

    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 mother may file a runaway runaway report 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.

    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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    Guest replied
    Hello. I don’t know where to to start but I wanna love out. In about two days I’m gonna be 16. I’m being emotionally abused by my mother and wanna live with my boyfriends family. But I am scared if they get charged for me staying there. And I am scared if I will get sent with my dad. I am scared of what will my mom do to me. She’s been calling me names, have her favorites, does not let me out the house to socialize with anyone. My sibling get away with anything and i get the blame. I do not know what to do. I wanna leave at 16. I’ve read many articles about leaving. And I’m just wondering if the people I’ll be staying at will be charged. I don’t know what my mother will do to me and she’s bipolar. She has my life figured out. She does not support everything I do and gets mad for little things that aren’t noticeable. I am going back into depression and I don’t wanna say I’m thinking of suicide. I wanna leave this negative house and live in a positive place. What should I do.

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  • ccsmod15
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    Hey there,
    Thanks for reaching out to NRS it seems like you are going through a lot at home and feel unsupported by your family. It is understandable to feel tired of being treated like that and want the situation to improve. Home should be a supportive place where you can be yourself and get help overcoming challenges instead of a place you feel uncomfortable in.
    If you were to leave home without permission at 16 your parents could file a runaway report. This is a status offence, so you wouldn’t be arrested by police, instead they would bring you back home to your parents.
    If you wanted to leave permanently that would either require CPS/DCFS to be involved and remove you from the home for abuse, or to become emancipated. Emancipation would essentially be you proving to the courts that you can fend for yourself as an adult, so usually has specific requirements that vary from state to state. Usually they require at least that you can be financially responsible for yourself.
    If you have more questions or just need someone to talk with you can always reach out 24/7 hotline at 1-800-786-2929 or chat with us at 1800runaway.org and click “chat”.

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    Guest replied
    So, for some reason it wouldnt post but anyways...i really want to move out of my parents home. I’m sick of my parents telling all my dumb secret mistakes and yell at for no reason like “why are you wearing a sweatshirt?!” Then roll their eyes at me. I’m tired of feeling like everything is my fault and that i feel like I dont belong here. Also, that i feel very self conscious about myself..and I’m tired of being ignored and told to “shut up” when i have something important to say. Overall I’m tired of getting treated like trash. Can i move out at age 16? I live in New York by the way.

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  • ccsmod4
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    Hello,
    Thank you for writing to us here at the National Runaway Safeline.

    We understand it takes great courage to reach out, and we appreciate you sharing a little bit about what’s going on. We would like to be of assistance to you if we can. It is times like these that would be nice to have a listening ear. It is also important that you remember to exercise self- care. You showed some by reaching out to NRS. Good for you. It sounds unfair that your mom does not listen or validate your feelings. You do not deserve to be treated this way by her. It’s not your fault that she chooses to behave in this manner. Your feelings are important and they matter.
    You deserve to be heard.

    NRS is here to listen and here to help.
    We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time. We can best help by phone or chat so that we might learn a little more about your situation and how we might assist you. If you would like to talk more in detail and share more about how we can help specifically, please call or chat soon.

    Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button).

    We hope to hear from you soon.

    Take care,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    I really want to move out of my moms house, I'm 16 and almost 17 and she invalidates my feelings all of the time and she makes me feel horrible just for being honest. I'm tired of feeling like I'm not important. I just want to be on my own. I have a job and she wont let me even stay home alone to make it to work (she goes to California a lot). i really need help, I'm so close to just leaving.

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  • ccsmod3
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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.
    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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    Guest replied
    Hi,I'm Dj I want to move out when I'm 15 so I can go live with me girlfriend but can I run away and not get in trouble?. I have a great life but as the oldest of my family I would like to move so I can just relax and enjoy my life I know I will have work to do overtime but I want to spend most my life with my girlfriend why I want to move out is because I don't have a great relationship with my mom or dad I right with them almost everyday and I'm getting tired of it.I think I'm being stupid but I think it would be better than fighting with my family.

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  • ccsmod2
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    Hello There,
    Thank you for reaching out to The National Runaway Safeline, we are here to help and here to listen. It sounds like you are doing through a difficult situation, and we are here to help.
    Leaving home can be a really big decision and it is great that you would have somewhere safe to stay. One option to consider would be to talk with your mother about your thoughts about moving out and see if you both can come up with an agreement. I may help to have your aunt present when you talk to her that way you have someone who can support you and help mediate the conversation.
    We are not legal experts but we do have some information that may help you in making a decision. If you were to leave home without permission your legal guardian does have the right to file a runaway report. If the police were to find you they most likely would bring you back home. Because running away is not illegal you probably would not be arrested.
    We hope that this information may help with your situation. If you have any more 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 in your situation.
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    Hello my name is natalie I'm from alabama and I'm going to be 16 but I wanna move out next year when I'm 17 but I'm scared to ask my parents and my aunt already said I can move in with her at 17 cause emy brother is 18 and gets what ever he wants and my mom won't kick him out cause he is her baby and I get stressed out here and I don't like my family like yes I love them but like my mom is always working and my parents are separated but they don't live together cause of an issue I wanna move out but I don't know if I will get in trouble for it like I don't want to ask to leave I just wanna say hey I'm moving next year but I don't want to be Judged or shamed cause it's not what they want I am more mature than my 18 year old brother and they get onto me more than him over the smallest things and I feel as tho I don't want to live by my self imma move with my aunt but if I do will I be arrested for leaving without permission and sorry for my speeling and no punctuation I'm trying to get thins done but thank you so much and hope u respond soon.

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  • ccsmod16
    commented on Guest's reply
    Hi,
    Thank you for reaching out to us; we are glad that you did. It sounds like things have been very difficult and stressful for you for a long time and feeling that you might be pregnant adds to that and it is understandable to want to leave. Until you are 18 you will need consent to ensure that you wouldn’t be returned home.

    With everything that you have going on, we hope that you might reach out to our live services so that we can listen and help you identify the options that you may have.

    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

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    Guest replied
    I'm 16 years old living in California. My parents and I have a rocky relationship and I think I might be pregnant. Can I move out without their consent?

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  • ccsmod4
    commented on Guest's reply
    Hello,
    Thank you for writing to us here at the National Runaway Safeline.

    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 would like to somehow leave your parent’s home but not sure how to do this without their permission. We understand how difficult a situation you feel this is and would be glad to speak with you about strategies or options that might help you to cope better with your situation.

    We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time. We can best help by phone or chat as NRS is unable to respond more than twice by email or bulletin for assistance. If you would like to talk more in detail and share more about how we can help specifically, please call or chat soon.

    Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button).

    Take care,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    Hello, I'm currently 16 and I'm looking to move out of my house. I have a job, a car, and means to be financially independent. Yet I'm too scared to ask my parents to leave as they are already very mentally abusive and in the past they were physically abusive and too an extent, they neglected me and my siblings, and I'm afraid of what would happen to me if I were to ask. I can't stay with a relative, as they are not on any good terms with any of my relatives, I have already asked and they replied with a no. I don't know where to go, or what to do next. being a runaway is something I have thought about but I know my parents would call the police and find me; my sister ran away at 17, to her boyfriends (now her husband) she is currently 21 and living in a different state. I would like to move in with her, yet my parents won't agree. I have to communicate with my relatives secretly because my parents don't want me to talk to them in any way shape or form, but my relatives are willing to give me a place to stay with them, yet I don't have any permission from my parents to do so. I am just wondering what my next move should be. emancipation seems to be a bit much for the situation but I am willing to do it... but, in order to be emancipated in my state of Alaska, I must already be living out of the house... but how am I to do that when I can't leave because my parents won't let me. I am just in a pickle and would like guidance towards my next step.
    Last edited by ccsmod4; 05-20-2020, 07:00 AM.

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  • ccsmod2
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    Hello There,
    Thank you for reaching out to The National Runaway Safeline, we are here to help and here to listen. It sounds like you are trying to make a big decision and we are glad you reached out to us for help.
    We are not legal experts but we do have some information on the laws. If you were to leave home without permission your legal guardian could file a runaway report. If the police were to find you they most likely would bring you back home.
    We hope 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. Best of luck!
    NRS
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