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Old 11-05-2008, 04:16 PM
 
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Default runaway teen laws

Is it true that your son or daughter can run away ,and you can't really call the police. They will tell you it is not illegal to run away?

 
Old 11-05-2008, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Salem, OR
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In Oregon that is true. It is against the law in Washington but not here. I used to work as a child and family therapist and this was a huge problem for Oregon parents. You can file a missing persons report and that is about it. It does depend on how old the child is as well. A 12 year old running away is a much bigger concern than a 16 year old runaway.
 
Old 02-03-2009, 07:57 PM
 
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What can happen to you if you leave your parents home a month before you turn 18 in Oregon? What exactly can they or will they do?
 
Old 02-03-2009, 09:18 PM
 
Location: Baker City, Oregon
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What can happen to you if you leave your parents home a month before you turn 18 in Oregon? What exactly can they or will they do?
I suppose you could ask Beau Breedlove.
 
Old 02-04-2009, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Bend Oregon
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The police (and certain other parties) may have an obligation to return a runaway to his/her guardian or to a responsible party if the runaway is found, but they do not have an obligation to go out and hunt a runaway down. A child (under 18) can be placed in custody of the State and returned to parents or put into foster or other care. For a rather lengthy state-by-state synopsis, see the link below. Once a runaway crosses state lines, federal law is also invoked. Some towns are being proactive in helping runaways because the frequency of child slave trade is increasing, in some areas dramatically.

http://www.nlchp.org/content/pubs/Al...0A%20Home1.pdf
 
Old 02-05-2009, 08:13 AM
 
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Ok but I am sooo close to 18 like seriously 3 weeks... I doubt I would be a priority...
 
Old 02-05-2009, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Bend Oregon
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Unless you do something that attracts attention, I doubt you'd be a beacon. Happy birthday
 
Old 02-05-2009, 07:27 PM
 
Location: Apple Valley Calif
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Ok but I am sooo close to 18 like seriously 3 weeks... I doubt I would be a priority...
The speed the system works, you would be 19 before it ever got to court. No agency would bother with your case....
 
Old 02-23-2009, 09:33 PM
 
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ok so like what if you have around 1,000 dollors and you and ur firned already have a plan and you are planing to leave the state what can they do? (btw its my friend not me im getting her not to so i want good info.)
 
Old 02-16-2010, 01:30 PM
 
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I am going through the same with my stepson he is 14. It is not illegal in oregon. so the cops will do absolutly nothing. We need to stand up and do something about this. If we are physically responsible for them and their actions until they are 18 then why isnt it illegal. If i can get introuble by law for my child not attending school or for being a menace somewhere. I just dont understand. Right now we are helpless. Anyone have any suggestion on what can be done to change these crappy laws
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