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  • ccsmod15
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    Hello! Thank you so much for reaching out.

    You mentioned that your daughter is currently living with her boyfriend, but that you guys are considering moving and want to explore the options available at your disposal. Unfortunately we aren’t legal experts, but in most states anyone under 18 is considered a minor, and the legal guardians are responsible for the youth until the legal age of being considered an adult. In the even if something were to happen to your daughter, you would be held responsible.

    An option you can explore, would be to talk to your daughter about what her future plans are looking like. Reality check questions can be used to help you guide her in the right direction like, “What’s your Plan B looking like if you and your boyfriend don’t end up working out?” Along those same lines, you can try contacting your local authorities, and inquire the specifics if you can force her to go with you guys legally.

    We hope that these options and resources can be of some help to you. If you need additional help, or want us to reach out somewhere on your behalf, you can call us 24/7 at 1800)786-2929. Best of luck!

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    My daughter is 17 and currently living with her boyfriend without my permission. Her mother and I are moving 1000 miles away. She insist she is not going. With her being 17 can I make her go with us legally??

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  • ccsmod9
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    Often, youth may reach out to NRS in several different ways to discuss their situation. If a response from NRS is not visible to a bulletin posting it may be that we have already provided services to that individual through another platform we provide such as email, our crisis hotline, or our live chat. NRS encourages anyone in need of assistance to contact us through our 24 hour crisis hotline at 1-800-RUNAWAY to receive immediate support.
    Thank you, NRS

  • ccsmod9
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    Thanks for reaching out to NRS we appreciate you contacting us. We understand you are going through a really rough time and are looking for information to help you out. Techincally the legal age you can leave is 18. Anytime before that your parents/guardians can file a runaway report with the police and the police would then be on the lookout for you. Anyone who chooses to house you can be charged with harboring a runaway. However in some cases you can reach out to the local non-emergency number and ask the police what they would do if you left home at 17. Sometimes they might not file it because you are close to 18. When asking these questions you can remain anonymous and not give a name or details to anything. You can just say you were wondering what would happen if someone were to runaway at 17.
    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
    What can happens if you run away at 17 and turn 18 in November I’m just really trying to move from my toxic household(

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    Guest replied
    So I’m 17 trying to move out cause my moms husband is constantly fighting with me and my mom always takes his side it’s just a very toxic household and I’m just trying to go live with my grandma

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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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    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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