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  • #76
    I’m a ward of the state and I’ll be 18 in 107 days. Well , I am currently in a foster home and I have been in this particular home for almost 2 years. But what would happen if I were to run away until I was 18? Could I still get into legal trouble?

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    • ccsmod2
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      Hello There,
      Thank you for reaching out to The National Runaway Safeline, we are here to listen and here to help. It sounds like you are trying to figure out a difficult decision, and we are glad you reached out to us for help.
      We are not legal experts but we do have some information on the laws. If you were to leave your foster home, they can report you as a runaway. If the police do find you they most likely would bring you back home if you were still 17. One option to consider is to talk to your case manager about your feelings and they may be able to provide you with some options.
      We hope that this information will be helpful to you in your situation. If you have any more questions or would like to explore more options, please give us a call. We are here 24/7 to help and to provide support. We wish you the best of luck!
      NRS

  • #77
    Hay I am 25 years old and I have no idea where to go from here on out I need too go to chickasha or back too my old group home in Woodward or back too ada Oklahoma or go live with my best friend but I'm so scared too run away because I have no idea where too go because i don't want too be homeless i just need help please

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    • ccsmod2
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      Hello,

      We’re really happy you reached out to us about your question. It sounds like you’re in a tough situation and wondering what you should do. Knowing the facts is always the first step to making sure you make smart and informed decisions.
      If you are currently in a group home one option to consider is talking with a case manager about what you have been thinking and they can help you explore options and resources. If you are currently not in a group home in most states if you are 18 or older it would not be considered running away. But you can always call your local police department to find out the laws in your area because each person’s situation is different.
      We know you mentioned not knowing where to go, that can be a hard decision and choice to make. One option is to talk with your past group home and see if they have spots available and what the process would look like. You can also talk with your friend to see if they would allow you to stay with them.
      We hope this information will be helpful to you in your situation. If you have any more questions or would like to explore your options, please give us a call. We are here for you 24/7 to listen and to provide support. Best of luck!
      NRS

  • #78
    Is there a law for a runaway that is 17 and a ward of the state was in an abusive situation

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    • ccsmod15
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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 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); 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

  • #79
    I'm 17 and a state ward the system has been terrible and I have a safe place to run away to will they search for me or will I be ok or will I get emancipated I live in nebraska

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    • ccsmod15
      ccsmod15 commented
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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. At which point police would be on the lookout for you. 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.
      Emancipation would not happen automatically just by virtue of not living in a foster/group home. You usually would need to meet the basic requirements which generally include being able to support yourself without the help of the state, and having a good reason to be emancipated. If you feel you met those requirements you could then file through the courts to be emancipated. Usually the first step is finding a lawyer or legal aid resource to help you through the process.
      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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