Quick Answer: Where Can A Runaway Kid Go?

Where do runaways usually go?

These children literally have no place to go.

They are called thrownaway children.

Additionally, a good number of runaways come from abusive homes where it was dangerous for them to live.

If homeless boys & girls do not find a reputable shelter, they may panhandle and sleep in parks or abandoned buildings..

Is it illegal for a kid to run away?

It is not a crime for a juvenile to run away from home in California. The state has adopted the Interstate Compact on Juveniles, which states juveniles who are believed to have run away from home can be detained and returned to the custody of a: 1) parent, 2) guardian, or 3) the court.

Can you go to jail for hiding a runaway?

You could be charged with Harboring a Runaway (also called Aiding and Abetting), or Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. In most cases these won’t be felony charges, but they are considered to be very serious misdemeanors and could result in several months of jail time and substantial fines.

At what age is a youth no longer considered a runaway?

In general, a youth must be 18 to legally move out without a parent’s permission. However, laws vary from state to state and these laws are not enforced equally. Some police departments do not choose to actively pursue older runaways if they are nearing the age of majority.

What happens when police find a runaway?

Depending on the circumstances of the runaway, police officers that find the teen may detain him or her and take the individual to a shelter or a holding facility at the local department. Others may take the youth to a homeless shelter or attempt to contact the parents of the child.

Where would a runaway child go?

Call your Sheriff’s Department and state police to report the runaway. Call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Call NCMEC at 800-THE-LOST (800-843-5678) after you talk to your local police. They will help coordinate leads to your local police.