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  • ccsmod3
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    Thank you for reaching out to us. It sounds like you are having some issues with your parents that is causing you to hurt yourself. If you ever want someone to talk to about those feelings please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1800-273-8255 or text NAMI at 741741. While it’s good that you have some safe places to stay, if you chose to leave your parents’ home, whomever is responsible for you can file a runaway report with your local police department. From what we understand, running away may not be illegal in some places, but it can be considered a status offense. After a report is made, it is up to your local police department to decide what additional steps might be taken. Also, those you stay with may run the risk of being charged with harboring a runaway. The best way to confirm what consequences you might see if you decide to run away is to reach out to your local police department and ask. You do not need to provide identifying information to ask questions, and it may help you figure out your next steps if you know what the police might do. If you do not know how to reach them, or feel that you need help making the call, please do not hesitate to give us a call. We will not tell you what to do, but we will do our best to help you figure out your next steps. You can reach us by phone 24/7 at 1.800.RUNAWAY (786.2929) as well as via chat every day. We’re here to listen, here to help. Stay safe!

  • ccsmod4
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    I'm 17 can I leave home without parental consent?


    Hi there,
    Thank you for writing to us here at National Runaway Safeline (NRS).

    We appreciate you sharing a little bit about what’s going on.
    It sounds like the problems you are having at home has you thinking about running away.
    While we are not experts on the law, someone under 18 that leaves home, the parent/guardian may file them as a runaway and they may be returned home. Also, those that a reported runaway stays with may run the risk of being charged with harboring a runaway. Anyone found to be assisting or aiding someone to run away may also find themselves at risk legally. For more specifics on the law, you might consider contacting the local non-emergency number for the police. You might also look for a legal aid center in the area. They may be able to answer any legal questions on the subject.

    Sometimes when communication breaks down with someone you are close to you making it difficult to know just where to turn. You did well reaching out today. We would like you to know NRS is here to listen and here to help. Often, having a safe space to share how you’re feeling may bring a variety of solutions previously not thought of.

    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). It is important that you take care of yourself emotionally and physically.

    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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    Hello I'm 17 I was wondering if I leave home without parental consent if I could get in trouble for leaving. They say things and scream at me which is causing self harm. My boyfriend and my bestfriend have invited me into their home. Can i leave?

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    I'm 17 can I leave home without parental consent. I'm having problems at home which is causing self harm. Would I get in trouble for leavibg

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  • ccsmod15
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    Hello, thank you for reaching out. It sounds like you care a lot about your grandson and are looking for some support with this really hard situation.
    One option may be for you to get temporary custody over your grandson in the courts. Child Help (1-800-422-4453) or a local lawyer may be able to help with that. If you need legal aid in your area, chat through our website here or call us 24/7 at 1-800-786-2929 and we can provide you with some additional resources.
    You could also look at nami.org. They have groups for people with mental illness as well as their families. It may be a helpful resource for you and your grandson.

    Thank you again for advocating for your grandson. We are here 24/7 by chat and phone and can best help directly!

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    I am the paternal grandmother of an fourteen years old. He has came to my home to get away from an abusive mother. I have called to see were there any runaway order on him and there were none. My daughter suffers from biopolar disoder but she manipulates the police by saying that the child is an problem. An hopeless grandmother.

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  • ccsmod9
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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); 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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    Hi I am currently 17 years old. I have a little under 90 days before I turn 18 in October. I have a full time job and make good money as a manger at a local sonic in Arkansas . I already take care of myself living with my mom at her friends house. I want to leave because my Mom sold my truck a while ago and consistently spends all of my money. I have no way of doing anything about her taking my card being her name is on my card account and I live with her. I have no family that is not on drugs or 2000 miles away in California. I would have many places to live and could easily move out considering I already pay for everything I own but I don’t want whoever I love in with to get into trouble for helping me. And not being able to even register myself into the school system for my senior year and all means I have no way of going back to school. I dont know what I should do but I can’t handle living her anymore especially considering she is trying to move back to California very soon.

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  • ccsmod2
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    Hello There,
    Thank you for contacting The National Runaway Safeline, we are here to help and here to listen. It sounds like you all are going through a difficult time right now. We are not legal expers but we do have general information on the laws. If you were to leave home without permission your parents could file a runaway report. If the police did find you they most likely would bring you home.
    There are other options other than running away. One option you could consider is talking to your school counselor, sometimes talking to a professional can help you feel better. Another option could be is to consider asking if any family members or friends would be willing to let you stay with them. If you do choose to run away and need a place to stay we can help you find shelters in your area if you give us a call.
    We hope this information will be helpful to you in your situation. If you have any other questions or would like to explore 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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    im planning to runaway with some friends i am 12 theres also 2 others who are 12 and two thirteen year olds and and one 14 year old we are all feeling unhappy and unsafe at home should we run away

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  • ccsmod10
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    Hi there,

    Thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to reach out to us here at the National Runaway Safeline. It’s great that you were able to find out some information about our hotline. Hopefully we can help.

    Legally you are a minor and under your guardian’s supervision until you are 18 or are emancipated by a court of law. If you decide to leave home without their permission, your parents could file a runaway report on you. Running away is not a crime, it is a status offense, so you wouldn’t be arrested for doing so.

    You don’t deserve to be abused in any way at. You’re always able to report the verbal abuse to CPS. Child Help USA 1-800-422-4453 www.childhelp.org is an organization that helps protect minors from being harmed. It may also be a good place to explore options as far as transferring custody. We also have legal aid resources in our database, they’re lawyers who help youth for free. We’re here to try to brainstorm options with you.

    We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time. You are always welcome to call into our 24/7 crisis center, or use our chatting services via our website. However, the chatting service is not open 24/7. So the best way to tell us everything would be to just call into our hotline and talk to one of our trained liners.

    Be safe, NRS

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    Guest replied
    If your dad and mom are verbally abusive can you run away. I am 15

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  • ccsmod5
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    Hi,
    Thank you for reaching out. It must be so frustrating and hurtful when your grandmother yells and cusses at you, or accuses you of things you didn’t do. That’s very unfair. While we aren’t legal experts, we can give some general information. Since you are a minor, you would need consent from your legal guardian to live somewhere else. If you leave without permission, your grandmother would have the right to file a runaway report with the police and if they are able to locate you they may return you home. You also mention that you are on probation and house arrest; running away under these circumstances could mean that you’ll face more severe consequences than one might usually face for running away.

    Please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-786-2929 if you want to speak more specifically about your situation or if you need resources. We’re here 24/7 to listen and help in any way we can.

    Sincerely,

    NRS

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    Hey I’m 14 and my grandmother is always yelling, cussing, and accusing me of so many things that have nvr even crossed my mind. Is there anyway I could dip out and not suffer legal consequences?? Bc the courts just put me on probation, house arrest, etc. for things I’ve nvr even done and I get treated like ******** all of my home time for basically nothing. Pls I need help bc I have a friend that will take me but I have no other family and rly just want to leave

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  • ccsmod5
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    Hi, there,
    Thank you for reaching out and trying to advocate for your cousin. She is lucky to have someone like you in her corner standing up for her. We aren’t legal experts, but can give some general information. If your cousin is not a legal adult (in most states, this is 1, she would need her mom’s permission to stay elsewhere. Otherwise, her mom has the right to call the local police and if the police are able to find your cousin they may return her home. That being said, if there is abuse going on we encourage you or your cousin to file an abuse report with child protective services. For more information about abuse reporting and what might happen if you do file an abuse report, you can call Child Help at 1-800-422-4453.
    Thank you again for reaching out. We hope this was helpful and we encourage you to reach out by phone if you need additional resources or need help figuring out your options. Our number is 1-800-786-2929 and our lines are always open. If you have a moment, we'd appreciate your feedback of our crisis services at the following link:
    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/we_care_what_you_think
    Stay safe!
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