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  • ccsmod6
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    Hello and thank you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. It is our understanding that if you have your parents’ permission (or if they do not care), you can unofficially move in with someone else. However, as a minor, your parents still have the option to file a runaway report on you with the police if they change their mind. This would not mean that you are in any legal trouble. You would not be arrested or charged with anything. It would mean that if the police knew where you were or encountered you, they would be entitled to notify your guardian and return you home.

    If you are interested in talking in more detail about your situation, we may be able to provide you with more specific information. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1-800-786-2929 or chat us at 1800runaway.org in order to see what options you have.

    Take care,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    Hi

    I'm 17 and I'll be 18 in October I'm capable of going to school and getting a job, I live in texas . My 18 year old girlfriend wants me to live with her in Dallas tx at her and her parents. My mom and stepdad are wanting to kick me out and I'm just wondering if I'll be okay to move in with them.

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  • ccsmod13
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    Hello,

    Thank you for contacting the National Runaway Safeline. It sounds like you want to know more about your daughter being able to leave home and live with her boyfriend. We are not legal experts here at NRS, however; your daughter is considered an adult in most states which means she has the legal freedom to choose where she lives. If her boyfriend's parents give her permission to live with them then she would not get into any trouble. You can call your local police department's non-emergency number to ask questions about any legal concerns that you do have as they can better answer questions specific to the state you live in.

    We hope this information helps!

    Take care,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    My 18yr old daughter wants to move in with her 17yr old boyfriend. His mom is ok with it and wants her to stay with them. Can my daughter get in trouble if she decides to move in with them? Thank you!

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  • ccsmod15
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    Hi,

    Thanks for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. We appreciate you sharing about what has been going on in your life—it takes a lot of courage. It sounds like you have written us to find out the legality of running away.

    Firstly, it is important that you know that you do not deserve to be treated like this. You should feel safe and comfortable at home. The anxiety you feel right now is likely a symptom of being somewhere where you do not always feel this way. We are here to talk about this any time you want. You can call us at 1-800-RUN-AWAY or instant message us by going to 1800runaway.org. As far as living with your boyfriend, in California a young person that leaves home without parental consent, even to live with an 18-year-old, would be considered a run away. Running away is not illegal, but police can become involved in trying to bring you back home if your parent or legal guardian files a runaway report, and anyone housing you may be liable to be charged with harboring a runaway. These are things to consider as you decide what to do next.

    We hope that this information is useful for you. If it is not, or if you need more, you are always welcome to reach out to us. We are always here to listen and help. Thank you for coming to us with your story. You have been so brave already. Stay strong and safe.

    Sincerely,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    Hi, I live in California same thing with my boyfriend, hes a year older then me. im 17 and hes 18. would it be possible for me to live with him if he has his own apt and job? the reason behind this, is because my mother give me anxiety to even confrontation she puts me down and blames me for small thing, even if i broke something and was willing to buy half or even more for it she still yells at cusses me out.

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  • ccsmod2
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    Hello There,
    Thank you so much for reaching out to The National Runaway Safeline, we are here to help and here to listen.
    We are not legal experts but we do have some general knowledge of the laws. If you were to leave at 17, because you are still a minor your legal guardian could file a runaway report if you left without permission. If the police were to find you they most likely would bring you back home, also whoever you stayed with could potentially get in trouble for harboring a runaway. Because you are so close to being 18 the police may not take the runaway report but it depends on the police department in your city. You could consider waiting until you turn 18 in January, because if you wait you would be legally able to leave your home with or without permission.
    We hope this information will be helpful to you in your situation. If you have any more questions or would like to explore your options please give us a call. We are here 24/7 to listen and to provide support to you. We wish you the best of luck!
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    I’m a 17 year old girl but I turn 18 in January and I wanna move in with my 17 year old boyfriend when I’m 18, if his parents allow it but my mom doesn’t. Could I still get in trouble?

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  • ccsmod13
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    Hi there,

    Thanks for reaching out to NRS. It sounds like your mom has been making home really stressful for you. It was really responsible to reach out for more information first.

    If you leave home without the permission of your mom, she can report you as a runaway. Running away is not illegal and it is not a crime. If you do leave though, mom can have the police return you home. Your boyfriend could be charged with a misdemeanor called harboring a runaway although it is rare. We hope this information helps you while you plan your next steps. We want you to know that we are here to be a support for you during this difficult time.

    Do not hesitate to reach out any time by phone at 1-800-786-2929 or chat with us at 1800runaway.org if you would like to talk more about your situation. We are here 24/7 to listen and help.

    Be safe,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    I’m thinking about when i’m 17, will I be able to move in with my boyfriend who will be 18 at that time if he has his own place and if we both have jobs though i’ll be a senior in high school? I’m in louisiana and i’m currently 15 and tired of the way my mom treats me. She treats me like I’ve done something wrong my whole life even tho I’ve never done anything bad

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  • ccsmod6
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    Hello and thank you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. We’re sorry that your parents are mistreating you and it has gotten to a point where you feel like you need to leave.

    While we are not legal experts, we do have a great deal of experience working with runaways. It is not illegal to run away. Your parent/guardian could file a runaway report on you but this would NOT mean that you would get arrested or charged with anything. It typically does mean that the police could return you home if they encountered you and that would be that. Police typically do not actively search for a runaway youth. However, they will go where the parent/guardian directs them if they know where you are staying. Additionally, police can sometimes be more lenient about runaway situations the closer you are to 18. You can attempt to calmly, respectfully, and persistently deny them consent to touch you or take you anywhere, and they may give up on trying to return you home. They also may not, in which case you should comply with what they tell you to do for your safety.

    Given the fact that there are only two months until you turn 18, it would seem to be that the risk is very low that there would be any serious or legal consequences, but you still could potentially get returned home by the police.

    If you want to talk more about your situation and about what other options you may have, please don’t hesitate to call us on our 24/7 hotline 1-800-786-2929 or chat us at 1800runaway.org.

    Take care,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    Hey im 17 years old I will be 18 in two months and the people i live with hit me cuss at me and make me pay bills I live in Virginia and wanted to know ofi could live with my 18 year old boyfriend

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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. The National Runaway Safeline is located in the United States of America (USA). Our knowledge of helpful community based resources and our understanding of youth in crisis related laws is limited to the USA. You may want to check out https://www.kidshelp.com.au/ as they are based in Australia.

    We hope that by reaching out to a local resource, you are able to get the support you need from an organization that understands the laws and circumstances that affect youth in your country.

    Be safe,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    I’m 17 in less than a week and both my parents are extremely mentally and emotionally abusive, I want to leave and not live in this house anymore. I’m in Australia NSW. What legal concerns, or general concerns do I need to take into consideration

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  • ccsmod10
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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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