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i ran away but was forced to return to my dad

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    About 7 months ago i ran away from my dad. Later he reported me as a runaway. Last night i had to go to the ER due to an accidental overdose, but they ran my name and saw i was a runaway. They had to call my dad, and he picked me up from the hospital. The police got the name of the nice people whose house i was staying at. My question is, if i run away again will they look at the house of those people? Will they get in trouble? I’ve exhausted all other options as CPS will not open a case for me. i’ve talked to CPS a lot and they told me they would do an investigation and never did. I’m scared about what will happen to me if i don’t get away.

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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 forum 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.

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


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