A runaway is any legal minor that has left the care of their guardian without consent.

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Is there a law that states a 17-year-old can move out of their parents' house or would they still be considered a runaway?

it may be consdidered a runaway but in some states the legal adult age is 17 so they may not do anything about it. however, your parents can make this hell and cause a lot of problems. Click here for general information on emancipation;%20description The legal age of majority in the majority of states is 18. In Alabama and Nebraska it is 19. In Mississippi and Washington D.C. it is 21. Until a minor reaches the age of majority he or she is under the custody of their parents or guardian and may not arbitrarily leave the family home without parental permission or in some cases permission from the court. *********************** July 25, 2009 As I was informed by the police tonight, here in Michigan, if my minor chose to move out there is nothing I can do to stop her. Also I am now allowed to lock the doors (she doesn't have a key) and keep her from the premises.

Can a police officer force a runaway to go home in Washington state if the runaway is found on the street?

If you are underage the police have the responsibility to take you home. The streets aren't a safe place for anyone never mind an underage person. You may think you have all the answers, but you don't have street smarts. Either try to come to some understanding with one parent or both and if this is not possible try and see if you can move in with grandparents or a relative. If you just like the idea of being free with no rules and regulations I suggest you take a good hard look at yourself and realize you are in very great danger when you are out on those streets. Cities chew people up at any age!

Good luck Marcy

AnswerAn officer can bring you home if you are found on the streets but they can't force you to stay there! and if you are found and you run they aren't going to chase after you now if you are homeless and a runaway then, my advice is call a place like youth care, or the cocoon house so you unleast don't have to worry about your safety AnswerIf you are found on the street by the police they do have he obligation to take you home but if it becomes an occurring problem they start to leave you alone. They only take you home if they know that it is good. When they know that the environment is bad they just brush it off their shoulders. And they cant make you stay so think about it and do what you think is best.... Straight from a pro.. Ashley

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At what age do the police stop considering a child a runaway in the state of Arizona?

at 17 in most states they wont look for you unless you get into trouble after you ran away, or if you are in troble and say missed a court date... Other than that the police arent going to do much about it, im not sure if its legal for a 17 yr old to leave or not in arizona, i know in some states it is, but guaranteed its either 17 or 18 The age of majority in most states including Arizona is 18. Alabama and Nebraska it is 19, Mississippi and Pennsylvania it is 21. What actions the authorities take concerning an underage person leaving the family home depends upon what actions the parents or legal guardian take and how aggressively the state's age of majority law is enforced.

After what age will the police not think of your child as a runaway in South Carolina?

It's time you were honest with yourself and figured out why your daughter keeps running away. Kids don't run away for no reason. Until you fix what is wrong in your own life your daughter will continue to run away no matter how young she is and there is nothing you can do about it. The police can bring her back 50 times, but she'll just run away. Time to put on your thinking cap, search your soul and sit down and ask your daughter why she feels she needs to run away. No matter how silly her reasons are, treat her like an adult and try to understand when you were that age and make an effort to understand her feelings as well.

Type in "Google"

Then type in: What is the legal age of children to leave their parent's home in South Carolina?"

You should find lots of help on your State laws there.

Good luck Marcy

  • The age of majority in SC is 18. Therefore, anyone under 18 is a minor. If a minor leaves home without parental consent (and without the intent to return), then they are a runaway. SC considers running away from home to be a "status offense," which means it is a clear violation of criminal juvenile law.

Can you be called in as a runaway for moving out at 17 years of age by your parent and be punished by the police even if your parents knew you were moving out?

Everything depends on the laws of the state. In the state of Maine, a friend of mine had a sister who ran away at 16 and her mother called the cops in hopes of her return, but the cops told her that she was older than 16 and they were unable to force her to return. I'm not sure of the other states but not all states require the age of 18.

What is the law for Harboring a Runaway Child in TX?

Report it to the police and you wont get in trouble, here is the law- From Texas statutes:

Sec. 25.06. HARBORING RUNAWAY CHILD. (a) A person commits an offense if he knowingly harbors a child and he is criminally negligent about whether the child:

~ ~ (1) is younger than 18 years; and

~ ~ (2) has escaped from the custody of a peace officer, a probation officer, the Texas Youth Council, or a detention facility for children, or is voluntarily absent from the child's home without the consent of the child's parent or guardian for a substantial length of time or without the intent to return.

~ (b) [amended 9/1/95] It is a defense to prosecution under this section that the actor was related to the child within the second degree by consanguinity or affinity, as determined under Chapter 573, Government Code.

~ (c) It is a defense to prosecution under this section that the actor notified:

~ ~ (1) the person or agency from which the child escaped or a law enforcement agency of the presence of the child within 24 hours after discovering that the child had escaped from custody; or

~ ~ (2) a law enforcement agency or a person at the child's home of the presence of the child within 24 hours after discovering that the child was voluntarily absent from home without the consent of the child's parent or guardian. ~ (d) An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor.

~ (e) On the receipt of a report from a peace officer, probation officer, the Texas Youth Council, a foster home, or a detention facility for children that a child has escaped its custody or upon receipt of a report from a parent, guardian, conservator, or legal custodian that a child is missing, a law enforcement agency shall immediately enter a record of the child into the National Crime Information Center.

Do parents have the right to emancipate their child from them when the child continues to run away from home and the child is three weeks away from 17?

It appears from what I've been reading that many teens are emancipating from their parents, but the other side of the coin is YES you can emancipate from your child. This will need to be done in a court of law.

If you were to aid a 16-year-old runaway but contacted social services for help while you had the minor sheltered could you still be charged for aiding or harboring a runaway child?

You should have contacted the police when the teen came to you for help. If that child is reported missing, you could be charged for kidnapping.
There must be a good reason for the child to be running away, and that is up to the police and social services to decide, not you. I know you were just trying to help, but if the parents want the child back, it's out of your hands.
If they don't care about the child, they could sign over gaurdianship to you. Whatever the case, the child is lucky to have you and I hope it all works out.

At what age can you move out of your parents' house and not be considered a runaway in Florida?

Florida's age of majority is 18. The state does have early emancipation laws. One of the requirements that is needed for early emancipation is the consent of the minor's parent(s) or legal guardian. Florida Code... "Disability of Non-Age Minor Removed", Title XLIII, Section 743.015.

Can a foster child in Georgia run away and get married and not get in trouble with the law?

I think most foster children are considered to be in custody of the state. What you might want to do is if you want to get married that badly call your local Children and Youth Services, it might even be called Children and Family services. If you are underage and run away I think you could get in some trouble. If the other person is over 18 they definitely could get in trouble. Make the call before you do something drastic.

If a 16-year-old ran away from her custodial father to live with her non-custodial mother can the mother go to jail for harboring a runaway?

No, your mother wouldn't go to jail, but it would be wise for her to phone and tell your father you are safe and with her. She had no part in you running away and ending up at her home. It's possible your father has custody of you. In this case your mother should go to court to get custody of you and all you have to do is say you would prefer living with your mother. These arrangements have to be approved by your mother, of course. It is very confusing and difficult when parents divorce or are separated and often the children of the family don't realize the legal implications of why they either have visitation rights (the children may not want to see one parent, but have to visit them) and also why a mother may not be able to take children in to live with them. Raising kids today is extremely expensive, and most men make more wages than women. For a woman to start over again in her life is difficult. This doesn't mean your mother doesn't love you. You are old enough to be able to sit down with your mom and discuss what arrangements she made with your father and go from there. You can ask her if you could live with her.

The police would pick up the 16-year-old and return her/him to the father, unless there was some allegation of abuse, in which case, you better able to prove it because those are serious charges. And the mother could possibly be charged with something along the lines of 'custodial interference' (because even though the mother is a 'parent' to this child, she does not have custody)/harboring a runaway/etc.

How do you make your sims that runaway come home?

Phone the police and report them missing and they should bring them back, if you wait more then 24 hours to phone them after the Sim has runaway the chances of them returning decreases by 50%.

How do you runaway successfully?

You need to really plan. It. Out. Run away during a time where you are off school for a long period of time. For example, the beginning of summer break. Dye your hair, change your clothes, give yourself a spray tan or make yourself paler, wear different makeup (if you're a girl), and make up a name to tell all the new people you meet in a new place so they don't associate you with the girl that ran away. Travel by train or taxi. Pay in cash. Throw away your cell phone. Save up at least 1,000 dollars. That should cover hotel for a week, and food. Go into a completely different state. The easiest part is leaving---the hardest part is staying that way.

I know running away is bad, so only run away if you have a legitimate reason like anyone who is abusing you, or bullying you to the point where you feel like running away. Don't run away because you have strict parents, or get teased a little at school. Make the right choices, and plan them well.

Can your mom turn you in as a runaway even if you are 18?

If the laws of your state declare that you are an adult at the age of 18, you are not a runaway at age 18.

What is the law for Harboring a Runaway Child?

The laws vary between states but they all have laws about it. If you know the child is a runaway you are keeping that child from their parents. A minor can not decide where to live. So it can be abduction, contributing to the the delinquency of a minor etc. Report it now.

Should an abused child run away from home?

Running away from home is not a good idea altogether, but I might recommend it if you are being physically harmed. But do not live on the streets, that is a plan for disaster. You should go to a safe place. (probably a firestation or a city bus, look for the sign) They provide short term care for crisis situations. It is imperative that you talk to a trusted adult that can help, like a school councilor I don't know what's going on at home, but unless it involves felonious behavior of the parents against children you're making a big mistake to even consider running away. Even then, you'd be better off going to the authorities. Running away will cause problems for the rest of your life, which statistically is not very long for run-away's. Don't do it. It's a really bad idea. RUNAWAY CHILDREN usually end up in a WORSE ABUSIVE situation. You NEED to talk to an adult that you TRUST. They can help you report the abuse to the proper State Agency that is in charge of helping abused kids. The state should open an investigation, and possibly help you get removed from the abusive home. DON'T run away. That would be the worse thing to do. I hope that you get the help that you need. If a child believes themselves to be in an abusive or neglectful environment they should contact the state child protective or family services for assistance. The following toll free number will allow the minor child to speak with a trained counselor or can provide the needed assistance. National Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-422-4453. Domestic violence against children and adults has reached an all time high in American society. Anyone regardless of their age who believes themselves to be in imminent danger should contact the local police department or "911" for immediate assistance. Hi. I ran away as a teenager alot and it is NOT fun. It makes life much worse. You will not be able to change your life when you are on the street or staying wherever. I suggest you go to your school counsellor and tell them everything, be very clear and honest with them. I also think you should call the Police and report this. You do not have to put up with being abused. But dont run away.

Can a teenager who runs away to another country be deported back if she has a child that has citizenship in that country?

It a basic human right to be in the same country with your child. Contact someone who is specializing in human rights. I don't know if you can be deported, but I think there is some way you can be in the same country with your child.

Where do you find Ulrika in maplestoryafter she runs away?

Use the hidden portal in Streetlight Row. She's right there.

If a 18 year old is having a child with a 17 year old girl and her parents press charges for harboring a runaway what are the out comes of this on the 18 year old?

the 18 year old can be charged with statuary rape even if the girl consented it's the law and the state will lay the charges