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    I know a person who claims they got kicked out but i dont think they did and now that person is staying with a friend of mine is there anyways to find out if they have been reported a runaway so my friend doesnt get in trouble for harboring a runaway?

  • #2
    Re: How do you know if someone has been reported a runaway

    Thank you for posting a bulletin. It sounds like you are concerned about the safety of a runaway and the how harboring a runaway. It is understandable why is could be concerning. We are glad that you have contacted us.

    We are not legal experts here; however, running away isn’t generally considered illegal. Many states recognize harboring a runaway and/or contributing to the delinquency of minor crimes though. What this means is that if a runaway stays with someone and their parents or guardians do not give consent, that person could get into legal trouble. In order to find out if a minor is a runaway, you can contact the local police or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. NCMEC Hotline: 1-800-843-5678 or www.missingkids.com. They are available 24 and maybe able to provide the information on whether a minor is reported as a runaway.

    We are a 24/7 confidential crisis line that can help provide support, resources and help talk out possible options. We want to ensure that youth feel safe and comfortable in contacting us. We won’t tell our callers what to do and we are not here to give advice. You are welcome to call us here at 1800RUNAWAY (786-2929) and to share this number with your friend. We wish you the best!

    Take care,
    NRS
    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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    • #3
      how can i find out if my child has been reported as a runaway by her other parent

      her other parent threw her out and told her not to come back. from my understanding we are unclear as to how to find out if she has been reported as a runaway. if she has i need to figure out how to approach the subject she has told me she wants to live with me we have joint custody although the other parent has physical custody i have full visitation

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      • #4
        re: How do you know if someone has been reported a runaway

        Hi and thank you for contacting the National Runaway Safeline. We are glad that you reached out to us and hope that we can answer your question. It sounds like things might be complicated with your daughter’s situation and that you are trying to navigate next steps in helping her find a safe place to be. Although we are not legal experts, we can tell you that in most places a runaway report can be filed by a legal guardian if a youth under the age of majority leaves. If you are unsure of whether or not her other parent may have filed a runaway report, you could always contact your local police department through the non-emergency line to inquire.

        It sounds like you are considering ways that she could live with you. If you don’t already have involvement with family court or representation regarding the situation, we could always try and connect you with some legal aid or counsel specific to your community. Additionally, we are always here to talk with you or your daughter about what she is going through and help by providing support to you. Situations like this can be difficult and we want you to know that you are not alone. If you would like additional information or referrals, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 1-800-RUNAWAY 24 hours a day or from 4:30-11:30pm CST via live chat at 1800runaway.org. We wish you the best.
        Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

        National Runaway Safeline
        [email protected] (Crisis Email)
        1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)

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        • #5
          who can report my sisters as a runaway

          I've talked to my father and mother and they said they did not report my sister as a runaway but the authority's told some friends they were looking for her as a runaway who other than my parents who could've done it

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          • #6
            re: who can report my sisters as a runaway

            Hi

            Thanks for contacting the National Runaway Safeline. In most cases only parents or legal guardians can report a minor as a runaway. However you can try to contact your local police department directly and inquire the runaway report. You can provide your sister’s information and try to determine who filed her as a runaway. Runaway reports include the name of the minor, the date it was filed, who reported minor as a runaway, and the name of the officer who took the report.

            We hope that information helps.

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

            National Runaway Safeline
            [email protected] (Crisis Email)
            1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)

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            • #7
              qustions

              If someone had a runaway living with them what should I do and who do I call

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              • #8
                Re: Questions

                Thank you for contacting us with your question. It sounds like you may know of someone who is harboring a runaway and unsure what to do. If you did want to report that or let someone know it may be best to contact your local police on a nonemergency line. If the youth is reported as a runaway it should show up in their system. If you are concerned for the youth’s immediate safety you can also call 911 for emergency assistance.

                If you have any further questions or would like to discuss this situation more in depth you can always reach out to us at our 24 hour hotline 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929). We also have a live chat available from 4:30p to 11:30p CST. All of our services are confidential and anonymous. While we cannot look up if someone is listed as a runaway, there is always someone available to provide support and discuss options and resources. Feel free to contact us anytime. Take care.
                Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

                National Runaway Safeline
                [email protected] (Crisis Email)
                1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)

                Tell us what you think about your experience!
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                • #9
                  help

                  what do i do. i have been involved in legal trouble. i have charges pressed against me and they have all been droped but the court wanted to have me go to court anyway. can they arrest me and put me in juvy if i run away from home as a minor and with the legal stuff

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                  • #10
                    Re: help

                    Thank you for contacting us and telling us a bit about your situation. It sounds like you are in a tough spot right now and concerned about what might happen legally if you runaway. Now we are not legal experts so it’s difficult for us to say what would happen especially if the courts are involved already. In most states running away in and of itself is not usually considered a crime and most often is called a status offense. The tricky thing with your situation is it sounds like you have an upcoming court date so if you were to leave and miss that court date that is another situation all together. If you have a lawyer or any kind of legal counsel it may be helpful to talk with them about your options and what the consequences may be if you leave.

                    If you would like to talk through your concerns more in depth you can always reach us at our 24 hour hotline 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929). We also have a live chat available from 4:30p to 11:30p CST through our website www.1800runaway.org. All of our services are confidential and anonymous so we can be a safe place for you to talk about options and get support. We can even find resources such as legal aid that may be helpful in your situation. There is always someone here to listen and here to help. Feel free to contact us anytime. Take care and best of luck.
                    Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

                    National Runaway Safeline
                    [email protected] (Crisis Email)
                    1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)

                    Tell us what you think about your experience!
                    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YourOpinionMattersToUs

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                    • #11
                      If My Child Has Ran Away And Got Into Trouble And Nobody Knows Where She Is What Do I Do ? And When She Turns 18 Will The Run Away Stuff Be Dropped ? Or Will She Come Back Home And Then Everything is Dropped . She Is In Trouble For Breaking Into Somebody's House But We Have No Idea Where She Is . But They Found Her Fingerprints . What Are The Cops Going To Do ?

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                      • #12
                        RE:

                        Hi, thank you for reaching out with your question. It sounds like you are very concerned about your child, and are not sure where she is. There are a few resourcs our callers find helpful when they are looking for their child. You can try calling your local police to see if they have any information. You can find the non-emergency number to the police by going to www.usacops.com/. Another place you can try calling is the NCMEC (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children). Their number is 1-800-843-5678, and they have a national database of missing children that have been repoted as runaway or missing. Additionally, it migh be helpful to check in with any friends or family members your child migh go to. Also, you can try calling or texting them if they have a phone, or checking to see if they are active on social media websites like Facebook.

                        In regards to your second qestion: running away is just a status offense. To clarify what a status offense is: in juvenile cases, a "status offense" involves conduct that would not be a crime if it was committed by an adult -- in other words, the actions are considered to be a violation of the law only because of the youth's status as a minor (typically anyone under 18 years of age).

                        Generally speaking, status offenses are dropped from someone's record when they turn 18. Unfortunately, because we are not legal experts, we cannot say for sure if the other charges will be dropped. That might be a question to ask your local police via their non-emergency number.

                        When you say that she is in trouble for breaking into someone's house -- can you clarify who you heard that information from? Again, because we are not legal experts, we cannot say for sure what the police are going to do. Anything involving the police or the law is very situational, and for accurate information you should contact your local non-emergency police number or seek legal help.

                        Again, thank you for reaching out. If you have any additional questions or wanted more informatoin, feel free to call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929). Good luck and take care.
                        Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

                        National Runaway Safeline
                        [email protected] (Crisis Email)
                        1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)

                        Tell us what you think about your experience!
                        https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YourOpinionMattersToUs

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                        • #13
                          Possible runaway charges?

                          A friend of mine was told that a girl was going to go to his house and stay there because of neglect in her family and possible abuse reported to him by her. If she was to be reported as a runaway and the police found her in his house, would harboring a runaway charges, be filed if he was to tell DPS and the local Police Department that she was headed to his house before? please note that they are both 17.

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                          • #14
                            RE: Possible runaway charges?

                            Hello,
                            Thank you for reaching out to us. We aren’t legal experts but we can speak generally. If they plan on contacting DPS and the police anyhow they can also ask them if he would be charged with harboring a runaway. Harboring a runaway and the way police pursue runaway reports are typically situational and vary from county to county. Contacting them may be a good option to know for sure. Sometimes when you are 17 it changes how police pursue reports. You can always contact here at 1-800-RUNAWAY. Good luck.
                            NRS
                            Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

                            National Runaway Safeline
                            [email protected] (Crisis Email)
                            1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)

                            Tell us what you think about your experience!
                            https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YourOpinionMattersToUs

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                            • #15
                              help

                              Hi, so the question is. Can u put out an Amber alert on my daughter, even if she went willingly, her mother is not allowed to have legal contact with the children... and she knows this, and still took HER. Help I need to find my daughter ASAP

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