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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.
    Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

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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
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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
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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

    • #49
      Hello I’m 16 and my mother moved out of state and filed a missing person on me and still moved can she get it trouble
      Last edited by ccsmod0; 12-26-2018, 01:06 PM.

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      • ccsmod0
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        Hello, 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 sounds like you are questioning if your mother is allowed to leave you in another state. We are sorry that she left you in this position but to our knowledge the age of majority is 18 in most states. This means that she is required to provide you with food, clothing, shelter, etc. If she fails to do so then she can face legal consequences. This also means that you cannot live anywhere else without parents’ consent. Additionally, to our knowledge the definition of running away is a youth being anywhere without parental permission.
        We hope that this reply gives you some clarity. If you would like to talk further about your situation please feel free to give us a call anytime 1-800-786-2929
        Best wishes,
        NRS

    • #50
      I am 18 years old and in foster care. My team wants to keep me in care till im 21. Can i legally run away at 18 and not get introuble?

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      • ccsmod15
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        Hi, we’re really glad you reached out to us.
        It sounds like you’ve been in foster care and that you have an idea of the near-future that is different from your team’s. Being 18 and finding out they’d like you in care till 21 is probably really hard to hear. The question as to what’s legal for you to do is one that we can’t answer because we can’t know the details and law of every state and agency. We do have the ability to work with you to find an answer to that question and you’re really smart for reaching out to ask important questions.
        It’s great that you have a goal of your own for what you’d like to see happen now; maybe you can talk with one of the people on your team about this and communicate your idea. Sometimes a pros/cons of a situation can help us clarify our wants and needs. So if you decide to try talking to a team member, taking into account the possibility of your life without the supports that care can give as well as your idea may give you the ability to decide which course to take.
        If you did want to try talking, you are welcome to call our hotline at 1-800-Runaway; we can help you look at your plan and help with resources and/or help you look at the big picture so you can make your decision. We may also be able to find legal resource to help find an answer to your legal question.
        Above all, our mission is to help youth to be safe and off the street. You matter to us, and we’re here 24/7 at 1-800-RUNAWAY. We hope to hear from you.

    • #51
      Hi I have a brother in foster care he's 17 if he runs away to my house will I get into trouble. We are in California. He's ran away plenty of times but I was always afraid to let him stay so after a week or so I'd take him back

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      • ccsmod2
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        : Hi, thank you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. Unfortunately, it is hard for us to give you a definitive answer without knowing how old you are and what your living situation is.
        If you are an adult—generally, age 18 or older—then you may be able to appeal for custody of your brother. In the meantime, though, his foster parents or guardians have legal custody. They are able to file a runaway report if he runs away, as well as file charges against you for harboring a runaway.
        That being said, sometimes police stations do not take runaway reports for 17-year-olds. This is a local policy and you would have to call them to find out. If you are not an adult but are staying with your own guardians, then they might have to deal with those same legal consequences.
        Please let us know if you have more questions or would like some more specific resources. You can call us 24/7 at 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929) or chat with us online at www.1800runaway.org. Best of luck with everything.

    • #52
      I have a friend that is a runaway and what would happen if she went to the hospital or clinic

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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. As far as heading to a hospital or clinic they would take them in but they might ask why they are alone and call the authorities or CPS
        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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