I just found out that if he is really a runaway I could be in trouble with the law for having him stay with us, is this true? Is this a federal and state offense? I just want to do the right thing for this kid, but I know the system isn't always the best.
Hi there, Thanks for reaching out tonight and asking these questions. As we mentioned, we are not legal experts here, if you wanted more information about group home, please remember that you are able to reach out to Child Help USA at She then told me that if I left she would report me as a run away and have me arrested. Unfortunately we are not legal experts at NRS and therefore cannot speculate as to what would happen if you were to leave home while you are still under 18 years old. If you would like you could also call us at our hotline at RUNAWAY and we could call the local police department for you. I have this 15 year old and I did a police report this morning and my daughter has been missing for about a week now. We actually have a 3 way calling service if you want support on the line.
I also am aware that this kid may not be truthful, but how do I find out without getting myself in trouble with the law? Thanking you for reaching out to us at the National Runaway Switchboard. It also appears that you are worried about getting in legal trouble for letting him stay with you. We are not legal experts here, but to our knowledge in most states it is considered illegal to harbor a runaway. The police or a legal aid resource should be able to tell you what kind of offenses and consequences are involved with this crime.
Below are some legal aid resources for the state of New Mexico. New Mexico Legal Aid — Albuquerque — — http: If not, have you considered contacting them as an option? Below is the New Mexico Abuse Reporting hotline. We can either take the report and pass it along to CPS or we can conference call with CPS should this youth decide to call us and make the report.
If he decides the latter option, we would stay on the line and be able to advocate on his behalf. Also, since you are concerned about getting in trouble, is staying at a youth shelter at all an option?
Below are some shelter resources for your state. We wish you the best of luck! National Runaway Safeline info runaway.
Can I move out at 17 and go live with my boyfriend Hi I would like to know if I can move out and live with my boyfriends but I don't wanna get him and his mom introuble I'm tired of living here with my parents we are not in the same page I wanna work put they don't let me I think it's better if I moved out since we cant talk good.
Hi, Thank you for contacting the National Runaway Switchboard with your question. We are glad that you found our bulletin and hopefully we can be of help. It sounds like you have some things going on at home that you are unhappy with. Have you tried talking with your parents about how you feel? It seems like getting a job is important to you. Have you had a chance to express that to them? You mentioned that it is difficult for you to communicate well with your parents. We actually have a 3 way calling service if you want support on the line.
I'm 17 and I live in Socorro NM. I can't take it living here at home anymore. If I have a place to stay could I just leave? Or will the cops make me return home if I am found? I need answers ASAP and talking it out to my parents isn't an option they don't understand. Hi there, Thanks for reaching out tonight and asking these questions. That also means that the people you would be staying with could also be charged with harboring a runaway. We hope this information is helpful to you.
If you want to talk more about anything or have any questions about the information above, you can call us 24 hours a day at RUNAWAY We look forward to your call or chat. Best of luck, NRS. Is it illegal for me to leave? Im 17 and ill be 18 in November this month.! My mom told me last night to pack my stuff and leave. I told her fine and called my boyfriend to come pick me up. She then told me that if I left she would report me as a run away and have me arrested.
Can she really do this? Is it legal in the state of new mexico for me to leave? Hi there, Thank you for reaching out to us, it sounds like things are difficult at home right now with your mom.
Unfortunately we are not legal experts at NRS and therefore cannot speculate as to what would happen if you were to leave home while you are still under 18 years old. There is the New Mexico Legal Aid office which can be reached at if you are looking to speak to a legal expert about your situation.
Typically if you are under 18 years old and leave home your legal guardian can file a runaway report with the police which would result in you being returned home if located. You can chat with us online through our website at www. I hate mystep mom What can i do to get away from her but not be sent to a foster home.
I hate mystep mom Hey there, Thank you for being able to reach out to us here at the National Runaway Safeline, it sounds like you are going through a pretty tough time at this point in your life and we want you to know that we are here to listen and to help in the best way that we can. We want you to know that we are not legal experts here which means that we are only able to speak in general terms.
In most states, if you are still considered a minor, in order to leave home, you would need parental consent. If you wanted to know more accurately about what could happen or how you would go about your situation, please feel free to reach out to your local police department and ask some general questions. If that is something that makes you nervous, please feel free to reach out to us and we would be more than happy to talk through your situation and call your local police department for you. We hope that we are able to give you some general information about what we do and how we could help.
We also have a live chat program that is available every day from 4: David Webb of the Santa Fe Police Department echoed that thought, saying many teens leave home because of a disconnect within the family unit. A search through police department public records on runaway juveniles from and reveals differing reasons why teens fled.
Some take off after a fight with parents or family members. Some get angry over something as simple as having cellphone privileges taken away. Occasionally, drugs and alcohol are involved. These teens leave by sneaking out the front door, slipping out of a window or suddenly disappearing from school or work.
According to those records, one teen ran away after an attempt to steal some toilet paper from a local store, leaving a trail of toilet paper behind him as he fled. One girl was heading to the doctor with her mother when she took control of the steering wheel of the vehicle her mom was driving, nearly crashing the car, just to make her escape. A boy, 16, left his home without a word. Such efforts can terrify parents, who fear the worst.
Webb notes an increase in more collaborated runaways, wherein friends plan to run away together to the same location. He also has seen a spike in youth running away to Albuquerque. Many teen girls are running off with or to older boyfriends. In and , the police logged runaway juvenile reports, though many of them are repeat offenders. The reports indicate that the police get involved often and quickly. Social media can help find runaways, he said. The news can go out over Facebook or Twitter and be broadcast through local and national news channels. Most of the time, teen runaways stay at the home of an extended family member or with a friend.
Some find a way to save money and make a plan to keep going. Others return home within 24 hours, unaware that their parents called the police.
But bad things can happen to good kids. Runaways are more likely to become victims of crime and perpetrators of crimes, Blaha said. Webb said that predators can lead runaway teens to the sex trade or as couriers to transport drugs.
Some get involved with lesser property crimes, including burglary, to survive. Jessica seems unconcerned about such dangers. What frightens her most is going back home. The Safeline works to mend the family once the runaway returns.
Blaha recommends parents and guardians to project a welcoming reaction rather than doling out serious consequences as punishment. She also suggests family counseling. Webb said the police department also works to offer a variety of services to the family, like counseling.
The Safeline suggests teens who are considering running away to ask themselves some questions: