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  • #46
    Hi, thanks for reaching out to the NRS today. As you say you have a social worker, it sounds like you may be a "ward of the state." If this is correct, it means the state is your legal guardian until you are the age of 18. Therefore, they are probably responsible to determine where you live until then. If you run to a different state, their obligation will be to do whatever they can to be sure you are safe until their responsibility ends at age 18. This means they will almost certainly report you to the police as a runaway and if they find out where you are, they may try to bring you back. Since you are close to the age of 18, the likelihood they would do this is somewhat less, but it's impossible to predict with any certainty what they will do. We're wondering if you've considered talking with your social worker about what you want to do to see if they might give you permission or help you figure out what your alternatives might be. If not, this would be a great option to think about. Otherwise we'd be glad to talk with you confidentially about the details of your situation and help sort out other options. You can call us 24/7 at 1-800-RUNAWAY.
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    • #47
      I am just wondering if a minor in fostercare runs away in the state of Minnesota what legal consequences would there be?

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      • ccsmod9
        ccsmod9 commented
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        Thank you for reaching out to us here at NRS. We understand you must be going through a difficult time. Our hope is that we might give you tips and resources in order to make the best decision for yourself.
        From what we know, though we are not legal experts, since you are a minor and a ward of the state you would be either brought back to your foster parents or back to a children’s home. Whichever you have been at.
        We are here as support to help you and your friend through this challenging time. We can best help by phone or chat. 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).
        We’re here to listen and to help and hope you or your friend can reach out soon.
        Take care,
        NRS

    • #48
      What would happen if a fostercare minor runs away what would happen to whoever they would end up being?

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      • ccsmod9
        ccsmod9 commented
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        If you have contacted NRS today through another means (for example, live chat, email or bulletin) for the same issue, it would be helpful to let us know that you have already contacted us. NRS understands it takes courage to reach out for help; therefore, we would like to minimize the need for you to repeat your situation and avoid offering you duplicate services.
        Best of luck,
        NRS
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