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  • I wanna run away, please I just need some sort of help.

    Im 13 turning 14 in October... I hate my family life so much... my family has abused me mentally and physically and they still get away with it, I don't wanna call CPS on them because I have a younger brother and sister and I don't want them placed in a home.. I just wanna leave and not come back.. I have a plan and everything.. I have a place to stay with friends who will treat me right but my mom doesn't know them.. I don't want a report filed on me.. I just wanna my mom to let me go and the only way I can think of is pushing her enough to kick me out or put me in a home.. I'm just not happy here. Please..

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    Thanks for reaching out to National Runaway Safeline. We will do whatever we can to provide non-judgmental support and any resources that might be available to help you through this difficult time. You don’t deserve to be treated like this and it sounds like you are a strong individual that just wants to be in a safe environment.

    If you ever feel that your safety is at risk then please do not hesitate to call 911. We certainly understand if you do not want to call CPS because you don’t want your brother and sister going to a group home. If at all possible, you might consider calling us at 1-800-RUNAWAY since that seems to be the most effective way to deal with his sort of situation. Although we do not provide legal advice, it is our understanding that running away is not a crime. If the police find you, they will most likely return you home to your parent(s) or legal guardian(s). However, if you think that leaving home is the best option then you might want to think about having a plan in place (such as food, a safe place to stay, money, etc). It might be helpful to know that if you stay at a friend’s house, the parents could potentially get in trouble for harboring a runaway. It doesn’t sound fair because of your situation, but we want you to be well informed. If you change your mind and decide to call CPS their phone number is 1-800-422-4453. Lastly, perhaps talking to a school social worker, teacher and even one of your friends’ parents would be a reasonable alternative.

    Please do not hesitate to contact National Runaway Safeline if you feel that it would help to talk through your situation. You are a brave person for reaching out to us. We know things are difficult right now but we are here to help. Keep your head up and please reach back out to us if you need anything else. Best of luck!
    Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

    National Runaway Safeline
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    1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)

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    • #3
      I really want to run away, I'm 12 turning 13 in December my family treats me horrible i be mentally abused I'm planning on running away before tonight 9/11/19


      • ccsmod6
        ccsmod6 commented
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        Hello and thank you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. We are sorry to hear that your family is treating you in a way that is so hurtful and inappropriate. Everyone deserves to feel loved and accepted in their own home and you are no exception. Unfortunately, because you are still a minor, if you ran away your parents could file a runaway report with the police. This would NOT mean that you would get arrested or go to jail. It just means that the police would return you home if they found you. If you want to talk more about what’s going on or what other options you might have, please call us at 1-800-786-2929 or chat us at

        Take care,

    • #4
      I hate my life they always rude to me and makes me clean up and I tired of this I wanna to run away she said if I run away she going to call the cops and I’m so tired of it


      • ccsmod15
        ccsmod15 commented
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        Hi there,
        Thank you for writing to us here at National Runaway Safeline (NRS). We understand it takes great courage to reach out, and we appreciate you sharing a little bit about what’s going on. It seems there is a lot that you are faced with right now and you’re feeling like leaving is one of your only options. It seems you want to know some information on runaway laws.
        While we are not experts on the law, 18 is generally the age that an individual may leave home without parent permission. If you are under 18 and leave home, your parent/guardian may file you as a runaway and you may be returned home. Also, those you stay with may run the risk of being charged with harboring a runaway. For more specifics on the law, the local non-emergency police or legal aid may better answer legal questions.
        We are here as support to help through this challenging time. We can best help by phone or chat as NRS is unable to respond more than twice by forum to assist you. If you would like to talk more in detail please call or chat soon.
        Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); (click on the chat button).
        If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately.
        Be safe,
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