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17 yrs old. is it legal to run away in kansas

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  • 17 yrs old. is it legal to run away in kansas

    I'm 17 years old and am trying to run away due to an awful relationship with my mom and no one else in my family to turn to. I tried emancipation but couldn't do it because I was on diversion at the time (non drug related crime, me and my mom got in a fight and she called the cops). I'm trying to run away with my fiance but I'm wondering if the cops can take me into custody and bring me back to my mom. I've seen that cops can't force 17 year old runaways back home and no legal action can be taken against them, but I also read that in Kansas you have to be 18 to not be forced back home if caught. I have a stable job that would be able to pay for an apartment and all my basic necessities but I am wondering if I am even able to do this without being forced back to my mom's.

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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); (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,
    Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

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