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  • #61
    If I ran away How long do police look for me

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      Hi,
      Thank you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. We’re not legal experts and it varies from state to state, but if you were to run away from home and your parents were to file a Run Away report with the police and the national government then you would be put into a national database that would have your status pulled up across the country.
      If you don’t feel safe and wanted to run away from home there may be the option for you to look into finding foster care in order to not have to deal with the police looking for you. Here is a link to their website https://www.childwelfare.gov.
      If you would like to talk more about your specific situation and resources that are available for you in your area you can always reach out to 800-RUNAWAY. We are here 24/7. Thanks again for reaching out.
      Thanks,
      NRS

  • #62
    I ran away once on 11/20/18 and I've been skipping school I live in virginia and I want to run away again but the cops gave me a warning for skipping and running away which he said "That's two warnings already one more and you'll go to juvile" how long would I be in there? Also If I run away again can I come back or go out of my place normally without going to jail?

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      Thanks for reaching out to us the National Runaway Safeline (NRS). We are glad you decided to reach out to us in this difficult time. Here at the NRS, we are not considered legal experts. When it comes to things that might require a legal expert, we are more than happy to refer you to a legal professional who may better answer your questions. However, we will provide some general information in the event that you find it helpful.
      Regarding your first question, running away is considered a status offense. A status offense is a noncriminal act that is only illegal because you’re a minor. With that being said, in some states, if the child runs away repeatedly and/or is skipping school frequently they may come under the control of juvenile or family court. These courts systems and legal rulings vary greatly within each state. Once again, we would recommend getting advice from a legal professional in your area who may be better suited to answer your question.
      For your second questions, that all depends on the circumstances. Once again, we are not legal experts at NRS. If your parents were to file a runaway report, the police would then begin their search for you. Also, if your state or city has a curfew for minors or any other local law or regulation, the police may be wondering why you are not at your home if you are encountered.
      We hope this information has been helpful. Like we’ve mentioned multiple times, we are not legal experts at NRS. If you wish to have an answer from a legal expert, please reach out to us at 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929) or chat with us online through our website (https://www.1800runaway.org/) anytime. We wish you the best of luck.

  • #63
    100% safe
    i am 16. I was recently expelled for truency and my bday was a month ago. My mom is crazy and psychotic and won’t take the truth for an answer. She called cops on me in one of our arguments about and I just took off through woods about a week or so ago and they just hotlined me. I was wondering if I stayed gone until I’m 18 if I could be free

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      18 years old is generally the age that an individual may leave home without permission from their parent or legal guardian. We are not legal experts here but we can speak in general terms. If you are under 18 and leave home without permission, your parent/guardian may file a runaway report with the police. What actions the police take once you are filed as a runaway can vary a lot from state to state and even city to city so we cannot predict exactly what would happen in your case. Generally speaking, if you encounter a police officer while reported as a runaway, you will likely be returned home. However, in that case there may be services (family counseling, etc.) available to you as a youth in crisis/runaway but again, police procedures related to offering those services can be different based on your location or the details of your situation. Another thing to consider is that while running away is not a crime, a legal adult who allows you to stay with them may be putting themselves at risk for being charged with harboring a runaway. One way to find out the laws in your area is to call your local police and ask what their policies are regarding runaway youth. 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

  • #64
    I have been thinking lately about leaving my state to somewhere else to meet up with a guy I really like. I plan on going with 6 people and we have done some planning and are doing some more. I'm not completely set on leaving, but I'm really considering it. I just wish I knew how long it would take until the police would stop searching for me. I know this is a bad idea, but I just have the confidence that I can do it. I dont know though. I just need some advice on this. I'm so confused. Get back as soon as possible I would really appreciate it.

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      Thank you for contacting the National Runaway Safeline. Running away can be a bad idea if safety is not kept in mind during the planning process. It is important to reduce the risk of dangerous elements by being thorough before your trip and making sure you have plans just in case things do not go exactly the way you want them to. It’s good that you are travelling with friends, you could benefit from coordinating what to do with them if you get separated or find yourself in an uncomfortable, unsafe, or inappropriate situations. Unfortunately, we cannot precisely tell you how long it would take until the police stopped searching for you as that kind of thing could vary based on what information they have about your whereabouts as well as the protocols of the local precinct pursuing you. If, before you leave, you would like to discuss what is going or other considerations for your journey, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us on our 24/7 hotline 1-800-RUNAWAY or on chat at 1800runaway.org.

  • #65
    I have a plan to leave my foster home in canada but im on probation and i have a plan to stay at my dads place lay low for awhile then possibly get a job how long will the cops still look for me and i get in trouble for almos anything i do i talk to my friend about helping me and im 16

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      Hi, thank you for reaching out in what must be a very challenging time for you. Unfortunately, we are based in the United States and are not familiar with laws in Canada. To find support in your area, call Kids Help Phone (Canada-based line) at 1-800-668-6868.
      Take care and good luck!
      NRS

  • #66
    My nephew ran away from CPS to my house what should I do

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      Thank you for contacting the National Runaway Safeline. Unfortunately, it is difficult for us to provide any options without a little more information. Something to consider might be finding out exactly what was going on with the youth and the place they ran away from. Based on that, it might be a good idea to reach out to your local CPS and notify them of the situation. If you would like to share more about what your situation is so that we can talk about other possible actions to take, please don’t hesitate to call us on our 24/7 hotline 1-800-RUNAWAY or chat us at 1800runaway.org.

      Take care,
      NRS

  • #67
    Me and my little brother and planning on leaving. We both have terrible families at home (As we do not live together) and only one other person knows of this plan. We plan on going to the coast from the middle of America. On one coast is my boyfriend, he's 18 but where he lives isn't exactly safe for anyone. On the other coast, my friend's cousin who is in his twenties and has a kid. We don't know if he's willing to house me and my brother for at least two years or until I'm 18 but it's looking great. The thing is, our guardians are persistent and would probably stop at nothing to find us. But if I stay home I'll wind up dead. I have a route planned to the coast with the cousin from a couple years ago (Really convenient, huh?) and I have things packed. We both know how to fight if need be and we have a list of emergency hotlines for all sorts of emergencies. My friend is helping us, she's a former runaway and knows a little about the legal system. One problem with me and my brother is that we look nothing alike as we're not related by blood but by marriage. I have long hair but when we leave, I'm shaving it and my brother is dying his red to match me since I'm ginger. We're planning on going to the store and buying different clothes that we couldn't be recognised in. Not only that but my friend I mentioned earlier is getting a job and attempting to get what she earns to us before we go which will be after this school year. We already have alternate names but we kept our life stories the same other than the names. I don't feel safe at home and to be completely honest, I really want to just start over as myself. I'm tired of having to pretend to be the perfect child at home because if I were to slip up once I'd get beaten. I don't know about my brother's situation because he doesn't talk to me about it as I do not talk to him about my home life. We go to the same school and have the same friends. I don't want to call some company for help and I don't care about the consequences of running away. I just want to be safe again. Another thing is, I'm transgender and could pass as my actual gender over my biological one. Would that make it harder to find me?

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      Thank you for contacting the National Runaway Safeline. We are very sorry to hear that you’re going through such a rough time. It can be difficult to feel like you can’t be yourself at home and scary to feel like you’re not safe.

      It sounds like you and your brother have thought your plan through very thoroughly. One thing your friend (who’s a former runaway) might have mentioned is that your guardians do have the ability to file a runaway report on you. If they do that (which it sounds like they might since you say they’ll stop at nothing to find you) and they know where you’re going, they can alert the police and it’s possible the police can return you home.

      One thing you might consider to help protect yourself is filing an abuse report. It can be a difficult decision to make, but if you decide to file a report, please know that there probably several mandated reporters in your life that can help you through the process. Teachers and coaches are mandated reporters, and so are we here at National Runaway Safeline. Another resource that might be helpful to you is Child Help, the National Child Abuse Hotline. You can reach them at 1-800-422-4453 or through their website at childhelp.org.

      Sometimes when abuse reports are filed, Child Protective Services will investigate and decide that it’s in the best interest of the child for them to be removed from the home. However, it can be hard to prove abuse, so you may want to start documenting it now. You can do that by taking pictures and videos of any abuse you’re experiencing or pictures of any marks left on your body from the abuse.

      And if you ever feel like your life is in danger, please don’t hesitate to call 911. No one has the right to abuse you and you absolutely have the right to keep yourself safe.

      Again, we are so sorry to hear that you are having a hard time at home. If you’d like to talk about your situation more, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY. We’re here 24/7 and are happy to help you talk to you about everything you’re experiencing right now.

  • #68
    im 14 and things are home are horrible. i dont have my own room and its aggravting. me and my mom have been argueing and she wont let me leave the house. i have really bad depression and when im alone i think of ways to kill myself and i drawn in my own thoughts. and it hurts. im set on running away. and i have a friend that will help. shes my girl bestfriend and her family is like mine. my mom doesnt know where she lives. but if she calls the police what can they do. i dont wanna go back home bc theres bugs and i dont have a room. is there anyway they police can take me somewhere else. ?

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      Hi there,

      Thanks for reaching out to National Runaway Safeline and sharing a little bit about what is going on at home. It takes a lot of courage to reach out and especially in a time where you have a really tough and complex situation at home. We are sorry you are experiencing a living situation that sounds unstable, no one ever deserves to go through that. You do have the right to report your living conditions to Child Help at 1-800-422-4453. You can either do it yourself or call into us directly and we can support you through it. It is hard to say the result of reporting, but if you call in you can ask what the process might look like.

      Also another way you can seek help is reaching out to a friend, teacher, or counselor at school that can help you look for resources. Your mental health is important. You can also look at SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) at samhsa.gov (call them directly at 1-877-726-4727) or NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness 1-800-950-NAMI to help you find the support that you need. If you do ever feel in direct danger, to yourself, or some else makes you feel that way, please call out to 911 or reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255).

      We aren’t legal experts, but we have general knowledge about running away. In most states, running away isn’t illegal, but what is called a status offense. You can’t get arrested for it but it will mostly likely go on your record until you are 18. The police will only know if you have runaway if your parents/guardians file a police report. We can’t say for sure how the police will respond, but we hear a lot that police will take potential places you might be and will actively search for you. If they come across you, the most likely will return you home to your parents. Sometimes we hear that if you are staying with someone who knows you are a runaway and are not actively trying to return you or finding shelter for you, your guardians/or police can press charges against the people who are housing you, with something that is called harboring. One of our main goals is to make sure you are safe, so if you ever seriously decide to run away and need shelter, resources, or a safe place to go you can find safe locations at nationalsafeplace.org or reach out to us directly and we can find local resources in your area.
      We are here for you and will support you in anyway that we can. Please feel free to call into us directly as we can talk further about your situation and find resources that are best for you in your area. Stay strong and you are not alone in this! Our hotline ( 1-800-RUNAWAY) and chat are open 24/7.

      -NRS

  • #69
    How long do small town police look for a teen runaway

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      Hey there,

      Thanks so much for contacting us, it takes a lot of courage to reach out. The amount of time and effort of police to locate runaways varies greatly from state to town to officer to situation, so we cannot give you an idea of what a particular area’s police response would look like. If your parents/guardians file a runaway report it will be put into a national database so any authority could look you up.

      If you’d like to go over what’s going on in depth, or if you’d like to explore other options that you may have available to you, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY. You can also chat us by clicking on the “CHAT” button on top of our homepage. We’re open 24/7 and here to listen and support you in any way we can.

      All the best,
      NRS

  • #70
    I'm 16 I'll be 17 in about a month my parents are verbally abusive and to physically go abusive I'm pregnant and live in the state of Arkansas what will happen if I run away can they make m go back home and how long would the cops look for me if they couldn't find me

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      Thank you for contacting the National Runaway Safeline. We are sorry to hear that your parents are treating you abusively. Everyone is entitled to feel safe in their own home and it is extremely inappropriate that your parents are hurting you. While we are not legal experts, we do have general knowledge of how running away is handled in the US. Because you are not 18, if you ran away your parents would be entitled to file a runaway report on you with the police. If the police encountered you with a runaway report out, they would be allowed to notify your legal guardian, pick you up, and take you home. Additionally, if you are staying with someone, your parents would be entitled to press charges against them for harboring a runaway, which is usually considered a misdemeanor offense. Unfortunately, we cannot confidently say how long the cops would look for you if they could not find you as that sort of thing will vary case by case and precinct to precinct. It might be in your interest to consider reporting your parents’ abuse to the National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-422-4453. Calling them does not mean you are making report, you can just call them to ask questions to better your understanding of what reporting means and what could happen if you do report. If you need healthcare assistance for your pregnancy, Planned Parenthood might be able to help you make sure your medical needs are taken care of. You can contact them at 1-800-230-7526. If you want to talk more specifically about what is going on, we may be able to help you figure out some other options. If you are interested in sharing more, please reach out to us on our 24/7 hotline 1-800-786-2929 or on chat at 1800runaway.org.

      Take care,
      NRS

  • #71
    Hello my name is Dakotah and i have a situation in which i have questions.
    I want to runaway and i'm 16. I've thought about running away multiple times and right now we travel the country. But ive been in an online relationship for about a year. My parents have met the guy over video calls etc. but he doesn't want to wait any longer, and he is as well 16. I was wondering if I ran away to another state such as Florida what could happen. I am currently in California and would like to be able to get to Florida. Would the police be able to track me there? Is there a possibility that I could get a job there or would they be able to track where i use my Ssn? And if i paid for a motel in the area with cash would anyone get in trouble? I really don't want to lose the only person who has stood by me for this last year and half so i'd really appreciate an answer.

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      Hi, Dakotah,
      Thank you so much for reaching out. It sounds like you’re considering running away and want to know the possible outcomes. It’s great that you have someone in your life that stands by you and makes you feel supported! We are not legally trained here, but we can share some very general information. Since you are 16, you would still be considered a minor. If you left home without permission, your parents would have the right to file a runaway report with the local police. If you are in a different state, it might be more difficult for your local police to track you down. One thing to keep in mind is if you have an interaction with local police for doing something illegal (such as stealing food), they may run your name and realize you are a runaway. As far as getting a job, we’re uncertain; as a minor, you may need parental consent to get a job. You may be able to find someone willing to hire you “under the table,” though these types of arrangements can sometimes end poorly. As a minor, you would not be able to rent a motel room. If you would like to speak more specifically about your situation, get resources, or just need someone to listen, we are here 24/7 at 1-800-786-2929. Stay strong and stay safe!
      --NRS

  • #72
    Indiana

    Im running away tomorrow. I have been getting verbally abused at home and sick of it. I’m planning on going to a friends house where nobody would think to look. How long will the search party last? Will I be all over the news? Will there be posters?

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      Thank you for contacting the National Runaway Safeline. We are sorry to hear that you are subject to verbal abuse at home and it is understandable why you would want to leave. While we are not legal experts and cannot predict the future, we do have a great deal of experience with runaways. Typically, police will only look where your parents direct them, so if your parents do not know where you are, it could be very difficult to find you. If there will be posters will be up to whether or not your parents decide to make and distribute posters. Our understanding is that it would be unlikely that you would be all over the news, but it could be a possibility. If you want to talk more specifically about what is going on or talk about what other options you might have, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us on our 24/7 hotline 1-800-786-2929 or on chat at 1800runaway.org.

  • #73
    Help

    I don't know what to do. Running away is a strong possibility for me. I feel neglected, I'm the second child of 5. I also feel more hated then loved. Today I was 5 minutes late to do something and my mom started yelling at me then said she'll do it, then she said my three little siblings had to go with her because I'm not safe around them when I get mad, I wasn't mad till she said that. I am not a danger to be around anytime. I don't take out my anger on anyone ever. A lot of my friends vent there anger out on me, and I don't really have a problem with that. Its just that almost everyone vents on me. One of the few people who don't is my girlfriend. I was thinking about running to her house and staying there but I know her mom wont let me since she's a lawyer and if I go then she'll call the police on me. Its just getting hard to tell who cares about me and who's using me. Can you give me advice on what to do. I've tried to run away before but I didn't have the heart to do it. Plus everything my dad says sums up to I'm not good enough for him and I cant do anything right. I don't want to leave. I want to join the USMC once I'm 18 but I don't know how running away would affect that. Do you have any advice on what I should do?

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      Hello There,
      Thank you for reaching out to The National Runaway Safeline, we are here to help and here to listen. It sounds like you have been going through a difficult situation. Dealing with some of the emotions that you are dealing with could be very difficult to deal with alone. One option you could consider is talking to a school counselor or therapist about how you are feeling, sometimes talking to a professional can help us. If talking to someone in person is not an option for you, you could always call NAMI (national alliance for mental illness). NAMI can be reached at 1800-950-NAMI. Also sometimes talking to your parents could help with your situation. At NRS we offer conference calling where if you call us we can call out to your parents and have a conversation. Conference calling allows you to be heard and we are there to mediate the conversation and provide support to you..
      You mentioned having thought of running away. We are not legal experts but we will do our best to help. If you are a minor your parents do have the right to file a runaway report if you leave without permission. If the police found you they would most likely bring you back home. We are unsure if running away would affect you getting into USMC, but usually a runaway report drops once you are found and once you turn 18.
      We hope this information will help you in your situation. If you have any other questions or would like to explore more please give us a call we are here 24/7. We wish you the best of luck, please stay strong!
      NRS

  • #74
    Hello, I’m 17 and I have tried leaving my home 3 times. Each time I have been guilt tripped or forcefully put back into the mental and verbally abusive home. I’ve talked with cops in different counties, dcfs workers, case workers, and different authorities and they take my fathers side every time. He cleans everything up and makes sure that there are no traces of anything. I’m mentally and physically tired and want out. I’ve called you guys before and the advice I was given was to block all numbers they could find me at.

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      Hey there,

      Thanks so much for contacting us, it takes a lot of courage to reach out and share your story. It must be really hard to live in a home where you are not treated with respect. Absolutely no one deserves to be abused mentally or psychologically and it must be really frustrating to not have anyone take you seriously when you report this. If possible, it could be beneficial to document any proof you have of the abuse that’s been going on (video/audio recordings, etc.) – this could help strengthen any abuse cases that are currently open or may be opened in the future.

      If you’d like to go over what’s going on in depth, or if you’d like to explore other options that you may have available to you, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY. You can also chat us by clicking on the “CHAT” button on top of our homepage. We’re open 24/7 and here to listen and support you in any way we can.

      All the best,
      NRS

  • #75
    I am 17 years old I'll be 18 may 10th. I ran away from home 2 weeks ago. I've been staying with my boyfriend Now I'm in foster care, my parent thinks I'm at my boyfriends which I am but she doesn't have any proof. The police already came to the house the first day I was reported a run away. We didn't answer they left. I was wonder what would give them a warrant to actually come in the home and retrieve me. Also if they seen me outside can they force me to go with them? Also I was wondering when I turn 18 could I just call the police station to be removed as a runaway? And can my case worker make me stay in foster care past 18. I live in Cleveland Ohio. They also listed me as MISSING why?

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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 are going through a stressful situation. We are not legal experts but we do have general knowledge of the laws and we will do our best to answer. In a lot of cases that would not generate a warrant for them to come inside, but you may want to call your local police department to find out. If a runaway report is filed and the police do find you they would most likely bring you back home. Often times because you are so close to being 18 the police may not force you to go back home. Once you turn 18 the runaway report goes away. If you want to report yourself not missing you can call The National Missing and Exploited Children Hotline at :1800-843-5678.
      We hope this information will be helpful to you. If you have any more questions please give us a call we are here 24/7 to listen and provide support. Best of luck!
      NRS
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