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    Im 14 in NC and my friend lives in a neglectfull household, she is running away to her dads and needs to stay at my place for one night. Will my parents get arrested for harboring a runaway??

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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 with your friend. It seems like you care about her very much to reach out on her behalf.

    We are sorry to hear that your friend has been experiencing a neglectful home situation and want to acknowledge that she doesn't deserve to be hurt or mistreated in any way. Your friend may also be able to report any neglect or mistreatment to Child Protective Services (CPS). Child Help USA 1-800-422-4453 is an organization that helps protect minors from being harmed. They can tell you more about how CPS could respond to your friend's situation. If your friend ever needs assistance calling out to CPS to make an abuse or neglect report please call is at 1-800-RUNAWAY.

    While we are not experts on the law, 18 is generally the age that an individual may leave home without parent permission. Since your friend is under 18 and leave home, her parent/guardian may file her as a runaway and she may be returned home by local police. Also, those she stays 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 or your friend 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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