is it legal for a 13 year old to run away from an abusive home and is there any legal way around it?

Question by littlelyn15: is it legal for a 13 year old to run away from an abusive home and is there any legal way around it?
i have a friend going through a hard time her parents believe in the old fashion discipline. she would like to legally run away from home and stay at my house for a while. my parents don’t mind, but i don’t know about hers.

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Answer by Nesha
tell her to call the polices and explain it to them

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11 Responses to is it legal for a 13 year old to run away from an abusive home and is there any legal way around it?

  1. El Mexicano says:

    She or you need to call CPS (Child Protective Services -if you are in the US) and they will decide where the child should live..

  2. igangster says:

    you can sneak out of your house or call the cops

  3. Erika O says:

    your parents could get in trouble for that. the best thing i could say would be for your friend to call CPS on her parents, then have them possible talk to your parents?

    sorry im not an expert on this stuff. i do hope everything works out with your friend though

  4. SuperN says:

    There is no legal way unless her parents agree. If her parents aren’t willing to either allow her to stay at your home without saying anything, or legally transfer temporary custody to your parents, they are welcome to report their daughter as a runaway, and your parents are at risk of charges for harboring a runaway.

    When I was 14, I lived with a friend and her mom for a year. My mom never reported it, so it was never an issue. However, when I needed any paperwork signed or anything, I had to contact my mother to do it, since my friend’s mom was not my legal guardian. It was a pain, but workable, and only possible because there was no risk of reporting.

    If your friend’s parents aren’t willing to let her live at your house, the only other option would be your parents filing for custody. This would include proving her parents were unfit, that your parents were a suitable temporary placement, and there weren’t any other family member she’d be better placed with. This has a thousand ways to backfire and cause more problems for your friend. As soon as CPS is involved (and they will be), there are possibilities for foster placement, charges filed against her parents, youth group homes, etc. So, unless her parents are open to allowing her to stay there, and unless she’s being abused (according to the law), there’s not much you can do.

  5. THX 1138 says:

    She will end up in foster care and will quickly discover that she was better off with her parents.

  6. Willie says:

    is it really abuse are is she just crying wolf a lot of kids do that when they don’t get there way my son tried that shit on me and i took him to a boys home and he didn’t have it that bad after all

  7. Kalea J says:

    RUNNING AWAY IS ILLEGAL ROUND AND ROUND AND THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO IS GO TO THE HOSPITAL THE POLICE OR AN ADULT AT SCHOOL SINCE YOUR BEING ABUSED IF ITS SEXUAL TELL RIGHT AWAY PHYSICAL HURRY OUT OFF THAT HOUSE AND VERBAL DOESN’T COUNT

  8. heyyy says:

    If they’re abusing her, then its perfectly legal- what’s illegal is abusing.

  9. ace says:

    ok that is not running away and yes it can be done,, it does not matter what her parents thank…you need to get a hold of the srs.in most states or the child welfare group and talk to them on how to make that work in your town….it can some times be a simple thing to do …..call and see what they say ……

  10. Nidonemo says:

    If she is truly being abused I would remove her from that situation as soon as possible. Calling the non emergency number for your local police department and asking them what you should do is also a good idea.

    Abuse is never something to be excused or brushed to the side, the sooner the person is removed from the harmful environment, the better.

  11. Lifeline says:

    your parents would get charged—aiding to the delinquency of a minor; at her age she might just be in a rebellious stage of her young age. tell her to tell parents she needs to go and visit grandparents so she can relax away from parents or she can sit down with them and tell them–if she runs away she might be placed in juvi. detention. we cannot run away from our hurts. i understand you care about your friend but she needs to speak with parents or seek counseling—scholl coinselor.

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