What Can I Do If My 14 Year Old Runs Away?

What do you say to a runaway teenager?

Make sure you take time to tell them how you felt about them leaving.

Let them know that they hurt you and that you were worried.

Remind them that you love them and that there isn’t a problem that you can’t solve together.

If they ever feel that running away might solve something, urge them talk to you first..

Is it illegal to run away from home at 14?

A runaway is a minor (someone under the age of 18) who leaves home without a parent’s or guardian’s permission, and is gone from the home overnight. In most states, running away is not a crime; however, runaways and their parents or guardians can face legal consequences.

What do you do when your kid runs away?

First, stay calm. Ungar suggests telling your kid that you’d really miss her and you don’t want her to run away. “You’re making them feel like they do have control and that you’re hoping they make the choice to stay with the family,” he says. But don’t roll over and give in to your kid’s demands, says Ungar.

Should you call the police if your child runs away?

Even if your child runs away, and you think you know where they are at, the parents need to call the police, he said. “They need to be reported as missing immediately, and then law enforcement needs to go over and take custody of the child,” O’Neill said.