The names of the runaway teens have been entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database, meaning that if a law enforcement officer across the country finds the teen, the CPD will be notified and arrangements to return the child will be made by a parent or state-appointed guardian/guardian. If a minor continues to run away frequently, we can speak of a habitual runaway. This allows the courts to order supervision of the child. This decision is made because the court found that the parents are unable to care for the child. The child who needs a monitoring process is used in 34 states, according to the American Bar Association. Through this program, the child can be asked to take mandatory drug tests, receive fines and penalties, and sometimes suspend the teen`s driving privileges. In the case of an outlier in which the parents do not agree that the child should leave the house, the child would not be considered an emancipated minor according to our jurisprudence. Parents are therefore still legally responsible for their seventeen-year-old runaway in some cases. In the testimony of the South Carolina Attorney General`s Office prior to the 2016 amendment, there was no clear indication that a seventeen-year-old runaway had committed a status offense, an act “considered illegal solely because of the age of the perpetrator.”  Instead, the South Carolina Attorney General`s Office focused on “the legal right to detain a seventeen-year-old if the child`s well-being, life, or physical integrity is in danger.”  Prior to the 2016 amendment, the South Carolina Attorney General`s Office discussed legal and customary authority regarding law enforcement`s responsibility to take a report from the parents of a seventeen-year-old runaway and return home: CPD investigates several cases of teenage runaways or people who left a place without permission.
Young animals vary in age. (Under South Carolina law, a minor is considered 18 years of age or younger.)  Shannon Lacey, Missing Child Or Runaway: The Life Altering Label and How to Eliminate the Stigma Around It, 20 Rutgers Race & L. Rev. 147, p. 156 (2019).  David Finkelhor, Ph.D., Gerald Hotaling, Ph.D., and Andrea Sedlak, Ph.D., Missing, Abducted, Runaway, and Thrownaway Children in America at 98 (U.S. DOJ: May 1990). In the past, while advice to a minor might have been that if the child was 17 years of age or older, the child could not be charged with a status offence as a runaway or return home, as of 1 July 2019, this advice is no longer valid in light of the 2016 amendment to the Act. Police can and are likely to arrest a child who has been identified as a runaway – even if they are 17 years old, subject the minor to the functioning of the juvenile justice system, and require the young person to address the status crime and its consequences until the age of 18 – or older. If a child runs away, there is a significant risk of being in danger and harm. Even if the child has left home voluntarily, immediate efforts must be made to find him because of the danger he may face. Running away is one of the most dangerous activities a child commits, as children often do not perceive themselves as potential victims.
The main dangers faced by runaway children are sex trafficking, the risks associated with homelessness and enticing them into a dangerous situation via the Internet. While it can be argued that historically, there was no provision in the law explicitly allowing a law enforcement officer to pick up even a missing child, and that the criteria for detaining a minor existed only if the minor had committed a crime, the current trend is clearly to detain runaway minors when they are not adults.  Citizens who have information about the whereabouts of runaways are encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers in one of the following ways: Given years of research on the subject, there is reason to fear that runaway children are in need of protection: America could be described as a nation of runaways without exaggerating the historical record. The colonization and expansion of this country was motivated by people, many of them young people, who fled their homes and families, slave owners and employers. Children and adults have run to and within America to escape tyranny and oppression, seek adventure and make fortunes. Fuguer was an admired and venerable tradition in American culture. Folk heroes as diverse as Benjamin Franklin and Davy Crockett were exceptions, as was one of America`s most beloved literary figures, Huck Finn. A change in South Carolina`s laws took place without fanfare; However, this change in the law results in a significant change in the rights of young people in the state. Seventeen year-olds in South Carolina and those who care about them would do well to be aware of this important change and what the change in the law will mean for teens. On the one hand, the change increases by one year the point at which a teen no longer needs to be arrested for leaving the custody and control of their parents or guardians without permission. In an effort to track down teens flagged as runaways by family members, guardians, or SC`s Department of Human Services, the Columbia Police Department (CPD) is highlighting investigations.