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Is It a Crime to Runaway?

[Summary]Runaway (dependent) A runaway is a minor or (depending upon the local jurisdiction) a person under an arbitrary age, who has left their parent or legal guardian without permission, or has been dismissed by their parent and is considered by the local

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Runaway (dependent)

A runaway is a minor or (depending upon the local jurisdiction) a person under an arbitrary age, who has left their parent or legal guardian without permission, or has been dismissed by their parent and is considered by the local authorities to lack the capacity to live under his or her own accord (the latter is sometimes referred to as a throwaway). Statistics show that 75% of runaways are female.[1]

Runaway Youth Laws by State - East Coast States

Is It a Crime to Runaway?

We are continuing our blog series on runaway youth laws in the U.S. In this issue we cover states Vermont, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Runaway Children

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Runaway Children

Introduction

The National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway and Thrownaway Children (NISMART) estimated 1,682,900 youth had a runaway or throwaway episode during 1999. Fortunately, NISMART also found that 77% of all runaways return home within a week.

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Is It a Crime to Runaway?

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Legal Resources on Runaway Children

Runaway Children

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children intakes reports and provides technical assistance regarding missing children, including children who have run away from the home of their parent or guardian or a state care facility.

For more information about the services NCMEC can provide to law enforcement, child protective services, other state agencies, searching families and the attorneys who serve them in runaway cases visit the Missing Children section.

How to Run Away From Home (with Pictures)

wikiHow to Run Away From Home

Four Parts:Weighing the Pros and ConsStarting OffLong-Term Strategies for SurvivalProtecting Yourself from HarmCommunity Q&A

Have you ever wanted to run away? That's a big step in life. You may need some time to think about whether you want to "run" or not. There are many reasons why young people would want to run away from home–some of them good, and some of them not so good. Remember to think of the bad things that can happen. Probably the most important thing for young people to understand is that running away is lot harder, and a lot less glamorous, than you may think. There are cold, sleepless nights; there is danger and hunger; there's a general sense of being lost and not really knowing where you need to go. That being said, there may be legitimate reasons for wanting to run away. Read this article in order to help you weigh the consequences, and get a head start if you end up deciding that's the right call for you.

Laws on Missing Juveniles | Nevada Child Seekers

Missing juveniles are classified as voluntary, abducted by parent, abducted by stranger, or cause of disappearance unknown.

A Runaway child is considered to be a voluntary missing juvenile.

A runaway child is always “at risk” and demands prompt attention by law enforcement. Therefore, Police are empowered under the law to take a runaway child into “protective custody,” but the child CANNOT be placed into a lockdown facility or juvenile detention center. Being a runaway is NOT A CRIME only a “status offense.”

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