I came up with this idea for a script idea that I wanna write where basically there's this guy who ran away when he was like 16. He was a boy scout, outdoors guy, athletic, you know, able to survive on his own. He noticed other kids on the streets who weren't doing nearly as well as him, so he started taking them in. They banded together to survive. However, when the story starts the main character is 19, and everyone he has with him are minors. Could he be charged for kidnapping? They're not with him against their will. However, I've always been under the impression if for example your parents are divorced and you were to run away to your other parents house (the one you don't legally live with) and they keep you without informing the other parent, its kidnapping. Is this the same sort of situation? If not, could you explain why? Also, if police see a runaway child is it their job to return them to their home even if the children want to stay on the streets? I'm reminded of the scene in August Rush where the police storm the theater and the kids all run for safety. Where they running because they didn't want to get caught trespassing at the theater, or because they would be returned to their families, or both? Would they be returned to their families as a direct result of them trespassing at the theater? And I also remember how hard Wizard tried to convince other adults that he had this children legally, so it seems that he would definitely have been charged with kidnapping, despite the kids being there willingly (save for August, of course). Help would be greatly appreciated. Also, any other realistic information anyone would like to shed on the subject would be awesome.