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  • I wont to run awy

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    • ccsmod5
      ccsmod5 commented
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      Hi,
      Thank you for your message. It sounds like you’re wanting to leave home. We are happy to help you think through your options and find resources for you. Please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-786-2929; we are here 24/7. Hoping to hear from you soon,
      Sincerely,
      NRS

  • Hi im 12 years old and I want to run away from home

    I wanna run away because I have a really bad case of depression and my mom doesn't know and I don't think I have love for anybody but like 5 people and no one in my family is included in that and no one really gets me and I only talk to like 3 people about it because they go through some of the same ******** but I stopped talking to them about it because I wanted them to live a good life so now I juss talk to myself in the mirror but im not crazy I know that for a FACT but I just needa vent sometimes I don't get abused or called names like that but I feel really disrespected all the time and I only get talked to about the bad things I did and what I could have done better I never get congratulated on the things I did right or the good things I do my sister still lives with me and my mom so I always have to watch my nephew and he's always hyper and I also have a very bad anger issue and I got expelled from school and im only in 6th grade but its not even my fault because I told everybody (My mom, Principal, Counselor, Other teachers ,and even my friend and we all don't like her I just hated her but we all went to the counselor and the principal about her but they didn't do anything bout it) I didn't like that teacher and no one did anything about it so I did what I had to do and I got in trouble that's really stupid to me too(no I didn't hit or kill her I wasn't going to 4 real anyways) but I REALLY NEED HELP PLEASE!!!!.

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      Hello and thanks for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline.

      It sounds like you are in a stressful situation, we are sorry to hear that you have been having such a tough time.
      One option we have here at the National Runaway Safeline is a conference call. We could get you and your parent on the phone with us at the same time, and we could make sure that you are able to say how you are feeling and come up with a plan together for you to feel better at home. Sometimes it helps to have some support when talking to adults, and we are here to help you if that’s what you want to do.
      Finding ways to manage your stress and cope with these problems could also make them easier to handle. Thinking about what helps you relax could help identify ways to cope. You may want to keep a journal or do something artistic or just find a place to be alone away from your mom and brother where you can listen to music or read or something else that helps you feel calm. Taking care of yourself is important, and we are glad you are seeking help.

      If you do end up deciding to run away, we want you to know that you can always call us here at 1-800-RUNAWAY at any time of day (we are 24 hours). We are not here to tell you what to do (like go back home, for example), but we do want you safe. We have a computer database of runaway/homeless shelters and could see what is around you so you are not on the street.

      Because you talk about being depressed and feeling disrespected, we want to make sure that you are getting the support you deserve. Home should be a place where you feel safe and supported. If you are ever feeling down or the need, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the National Alliance on Mental Illness who can be reached at 1-800-950-6264 or https://nami.orgWe are here to support you in whatever decision you make. It takes courage and maturity to reach out to us like you have, and we want home to be a safe place for you be (so you can keep trying to do well in school!). We appreciate you contacting us, and hope you will again in the future if needed.

      Best,

      NRS

  • I'm 12 and I want to run away too. I can't take it anymore while living in this house.
    Last edited by ccsmod11; 04-13-2019, 01:41 PM.

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    • ccsmod11
      ccsmod11 commented
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      Thank you for your response to another user’s post. Often forums are a place of support and understanding for many youth. It often may be validating and helpful for users to read similar situations as well as exchange feedback to one another. For anyone experiencing any difficulties or challenges, the National Runaway Safeline encourages youth to reach out to our 24/7 crisis support line either by phone or chat for immediate services.

      Best, NRS

  • I've been planning to run away for a while now. I was actually going to with a friend but she kept making excuses until she said she wasn't coming at all. I'm always being made fun of at school. Some of my friends have turned on me, once making me cry at school. Then they just said they were sorry and acted like nothing ever happened. Home is even worse because first off, my grandparents are always saying things. They are just playing around but it really hurts me. My dad is always grumpy when he gets home from work, sometimes yelling at me for no reason. I have almost nothing in my room because my mom bagged it all up. She threatened twice that if I don't clean my room, she'll take away everything and just give me seven outfits one per day. I'm planning on running away this summer but I don't have anywhere to go. My money also wouldn't last me very long. I don't know what I should do or where I would even go.

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    • ccsmod9
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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. If you still choose to runaway NRS offers resources like shelters and transitional living programs that might help you stay off the streets.
      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 email 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); www.1800runaway.org (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,
      NRS

  • Hi! I'm 11 and was thinking of running.

    I live with my mom, her boyfriend, and my brother. For privacy reasons, I will call my mom's boyfriend 'mb' and my brother 'b'. I live in a neighborhood with my school very close by. Mb is very strict about homework, chores, and our electronics. He is rubbing it off on to my mom and she is getting more irritable and strict than usual. My dad lives in my hometown about two hours away and is just like me. I love and miss him so much. I don't see him very often, maybe every four or five months. This has caused lots of stress for me and b. I have thought of cutting and suicide, but have been too scared to actually do anything. My brother is always saying how much he hates his life and how he just wants to die. He is 13. We have had the idea of running for maybe a year. When we talk about it, I usually go into great detail of what we would do, what we would bring, where we would live, etc etc. He doesn't like talking about it as much, though. I think that running would give me a nice sense of freedom and to prove to everyone that I can be independent. But we all know that you can't live out there for long. I would either come back get caught, or die inbetween. I don't want to write and forms or papers or reports because the police scare me. I don't want to do any legal work. Also, I heard that it's illegal to run away in Texas. If I did run, I would leave a letter saying why I left, what I took, when I'll come back and whatever. I live in a town next to two large cities. How long could I last? Where would I go? Should I go? I hate my little routine that I have to follow every. Single. Day. If I don't do it exactly as the paper on the fridge says, boom, grounded. I have about 100 dollars in cash and my brother has 50. I could take some from my mom and mb room. I can also sing decently, play a few songs on my keyboard, I have a ukulele that I'm learning, and I can also decently draw. Will I be able to make enough money for me and b? What all can and should I bring? Anything else I should know ? Please help me
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    • ccsmod9
      ccsmod9 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 email 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); www.1800runaway.org (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,
      NRS

  • I'm 13 and want to run away. My mom's mad at me and wouldn't even look me in the face yesterday, let alone care if I ate. Me and my dad had an argument and he ended up calling me a ********** who knew nothing about life. I know my parents only mean good, and they're trying to give me the best life but emotionally they've done a terrible job. My dad said I don't deserve anything because I don't work for it, that I'm weak for crying. My mom yells at me for being anything other than happy.

    I can't find any other alternative, it's either running away or suicide. I don't think anyone wants the second choice.

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    • ccsmod7
      ccsmod7 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 sounds like you’re quite overwhelmed by things at home right now. It sounds like you’re fearing that the situation may end in suicide if things don’t change. Your safety and well-being is important. If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255); www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org is also a great resource to reach out to in addition to our crisis services.

      It sounds like there has been a lot of tension between you and your parents, and hurtful things were said. That seems really hard to deal with and it's understandable you are needing your situation to change. First off, we want you to know that crying or having emotions other than happiness. Crying is not a weakness, it usually shows how much you care. And it's okay not to feel okay, it is good to be aware of when you are not happy so you can begin to work on getting some help. It sounds like your parents might be difficult to talk to, but if you haven't already you might let them know how you are feeling, and that you have been contemplating suicide if you feel comfortable doing so. If you don't feel comfortable bringing up the thoughts of suicide, you might start by trying to tell them that you are feeling very down. There are people like counselors or therapists who can help you process how you are feeling and work towards healing, so you might try to talk to your parents about accessing those mental health services as well. We understand that those conversations are incredibly difficult to have, if there is any adult in your life who can help you talk to your parents you might try to have them talk to your parents for you. Here at NRS, we have a conference call service if you are ever interested in having a mediated conversation with your parents. It can be a safe place to let them know how you are feeling without being interrupted or yelled at. Please call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY if you are interested in that service.

      Often, having a safe space to share how you’re feeling may bring a variety of solutions previously not thought of. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. This may be an isolating and lonely time for you, but you are not alone in this. We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time.

      If you would like to talk more in detail please call or chat soon. Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); www.1800runaway.org.
      We hope to hear from you soon.

      Be safe and stay strong,

      NRS

  • hi, i'm 12 years old and i've been thinking of running away from "home" or killing myself since grade 3. My sister is a whore and she treats me like ******** constantly. My parents tell me to kill myself and sometimes i try. Once my parents got mad at me for getting a 72 percent on my math test and they started kicking me. NO ONE came to protect me! I heard people say that no one cares about me so much that I actually believe them. I think the best way to be free of this is killing myself, help me by giving me advice on how to kill myself painlessly.

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      ccsmod9 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 sounds like you’re quite overwhelmed by things at home right now. It sounds like you’re fearing that the situation may end in suicide if things don’t change. Your safety and well-being is important. If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255); www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org is also a great resource to reach out to in addition to our crisis services.
      Often, having a safe space to share how you’re feeling may bring a variety of solutions previously not thought of. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. This may be an isolating and lonely time for you, but you are not alone in this. We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time.
      If you would like to talk more in detail please call or chat soon. Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button).
      We hope to hear from you soon.
      Be safe and stay strong,
      NRS

  • I’m so sorry I’m 12 and I want to run away it’s not ok for your parents do be hitting and making you feel bad. You are a strong person you can get through this remember you could probably avoid your home. Maybe during school talk to a counselor have the police get involved. If your parents can’t see how good you are than they don’t deserve you in any way. There is a home at out there where you can be safe and secure.

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    • ccsmod6
      ccsmod6 commented
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      Hello there,

      Thank you for being supportive of other people and giving suggestions. If there is something going on with you, and if you would like to share more, please feel free to call our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or use our Live Chat.
      We hope this information was helpful and take care.
      National Runaway Safeline
      [email protected] (Crisis Email)
      1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)

  • I am 12 and i have a serious case of depression. My grades are getting lower almost every two or three weeks.. My friend count is mainly one but she barley talks to me because she found someone who she likes to talk to. At home i am stressed out and i cry. one day i accidentaly whent to a track and field tryout and i didnt go to tutoring. I didnt know what i was thinking.. But when i got home, my dad he took out one of the worst hangers (it was a big thick one) out of my closet and he hit both of my hands with a lot of stregnth.. i was in pain.the next time he did that was when i forgot to fold my clothes and put them all in the drawers. And the other was for doing something wrong on my homework... All of those times i got bruises and my hands where swolen.. the nanny we have at home lied and said that i threw the cars keys at her while i was sitting in the car and she was putting on my brothers seatbelt. Then she said i stuck my tongue at her and that i hissed my teeth.. I shouted at my brother "STOP" because he was kicking me with his shoe. Then she told my step mom all of this.. I was devastated when my dad called on the phone and said that he was going to send me to my grandmothers house.. Should i run away.. Should i stay home.. Should i hurt myself... What do i do?

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    • ccsmod9
      ccsmod9 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 sounds like you’re quite overwhelmed by things at home right now and you mentioned being harmed. We’re sorry you’re going through this. You don't deserve to be hurt in any way. If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately. You may also be able to report any mistreatment to CPS. Child Help USA 1-800-422-4453 www.childhelp.org is an organization that helps protect minors from being harmed. It may also be a good place to explore options for staying with another family member or someone you trust as far as transferring custody.
      Often, having a safe space to share how you’re feeling may bring a variety of solutions previously not thought of. You are not alone in this. We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time.
      If you would like to talk more in detail please chat soon through our website www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button) if you are unable to call in. We unfortunately cannot give advice as we are non-directive. You know your situation best
      We hope to hear from you soon.
      Be safe,
      NRS

  • I'm Thirteen, average person.

    I feel as if life is pointless due to the relationship eggshells that I walk on with my parents. I have thought about running away, and doing so very smartly. But I feel as if It will just tear us apart more. My mom has bipolar and she goes about her day like a normal person. But I have recently been using my parents credit card. It didn't turn out so well. My mom is already trying to get my to apply for high schools. I'm really stressed with school as it is. I do not want to turn to self-harm like she did. I was wondering if I run away and still stay safe at the same time. I think that moving custody to another guardian would be too much as my parents are non-abusive, I just need some time to cool off and talk to someone.

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      ccsmod5 commented
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      Hello,
      Thanks for reaching out to National Runaway Safeline. It sounds like your home life is becoming uncomfortable for you and you need space from your parents. It takes courage to reach out for help when you’re feeling this way. It sounds like you’re feeling overwhelmed with school and family, we’re glad you reached out.
      It can be difficult having a family member with bipolar disorder. You mentioned that your mother has self-harmed and you don’t want to do the same. You also mentioned that you feel life is pointless. If you’re having thoughts of hurting yourself, you can reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. It sounds like you’re considering running away. As you’re 13 years old and a minor, you could be returned home. If your parents file a runaway report, this becomes more likely. We don’t give legal advice, but these are some possibilities.
      If you like, you can call us at 1-800-786-2929. We can discuss shelter options, or other places to go if you decide to run away. We can also discuss further options for managing school and the relationship with your parents. We also have a chat option at www.1800runaway.org. It can be hard to manage this alone. We’re available 24/7, so don’t hesitate to reach out.
      Best,
      NRS

  • I wanna run away bcs im tired of my parents mostly my mom because the scream yell cuss and act like they’re going to hit me and the point out every single flaw about me and it makes me depressed

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    • ccsmod9
      ccsmod9 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’re sorry you’re going through this. You don't deserve to be hurt in any way. If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately. You may also be able to report any mistreatment to CPS. Child Help USA 1-800-422-4453 www.childhelp.org is an organization that helps protect minors from being harmed. It may also be a good place to explore options for staying with another family member or someone you trust as far as transferring custody.
      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 email 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); www.1800runaway.org (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,
      NRS

  • [CENTER]I'm 12 I'm adopted.I get hit a lot,I cut myself,I have sueicedul thoughts and I hate them plz help me I ran away before but they found me I was very scared to tell the cops so I lied I'm very scared plz help me save me...

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      ccsmod9 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 sounds like you’re quite overwhelmed by things at home right now and you mentioned being harmed. We’re sorry you’re going through this. You don't deserve to be hurt in any way. If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately. You may also be able to report any mistreatment to CPS. Child Help USA 1-800-422-4453 www.childhelp.org is an organization that helps protect minors from being harmed. It may also be a good place to explore options for staying with another family member or someone you trust as far as transferring custody.
      Often, having a safe space to share how you’re feeling may bring a variety of solutions previously not thought of. You are not alone in this. We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time. Please feel free to call us if you need help reporting anything.
      If you would like to talk more in detail please chat soon through our website www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button) if you are unable to call in. We unfortunately cannot give advice as we are non-directive. You know your situation best
      We hope to hear from you soon.
      Be safe,
      NRS

  • Hi,
    i am 12 and i just can't take it i have ADHD and my mom just thinks i am stupid, and my dad hits me and drags me out to the street and slapped me i just hate it but i have no where else to go i just don't know what do! HELP ME PLEASE!!!!

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      ccsmod9 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 sounds like you’re quite overwhelmed by things at home right now and you mentioned being harmed. We’re sorry you’re going through this. You don't deserve to be hurt in any way. If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately. You may also be able to report any mistreatment to CPS. Child Help USA 1-800-422-4453 www.childhelp.org is an organization that helps protect minors from being harmed. It may also be a good place to explore options for staying with another family member or someone you trust as far as transferring custody.
      Often, having a safe space to share how you’re feeling may bring a variety of solutions previously not thought of. You are not alone in this. We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time.
      If you would like to talk more in detail please chat soon through our website www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button) if you are unable to call in. We unfortunately cannot give advice as we are non-directive. You know your situation best
      We hope to hear from you soon.
      Be safe,
      NRS

  • I’m also 12 and want to run away. This is probably gonna sound really petty but my parents are forcing me to go to a place I don’t want to. I don’t think I can say the place but I’ll tell you what happens, first strangers come into our house and kick every door down to see if any kids are hiding. And that’s if they find any they’ll uh whip them even if it’s a 5 year old. They take supposedly “bad” children from different peoples houses and I’ve seen it happen, I’ve seen a big man take a small kid about 7 yrs old and had him on his back like a potato sack. And when that happened I was terrified for my life, my mom said, “If they take you I’m not saving you.” And that felt like my mom just said, “ I’m leaving you to die and I won’t help you.” And that’s just when I was 8yrs old. It’s happening again and I’m scared. That also throw the supposedly bad kids in a river to drown. And if the kid survives this he gets to live another year. They almost took my brother and I’m really scared I want to run away help.

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      ccsmod3 commented
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      Thank you for contacting National Runaway Safeline, we appreciate you reaching out to us it is very brave of you. Its understandable that your feeling scared, and that you would feel betrayed by your mother, but its unclear whether or not your parents are sending you to a place or is someone coming to take you away. In either case it may be a good idea to see who else this kind of situation happens to and possibly call the police if your life is being put in danger. If you need a place to go to there is a website that may be able to help you find a shelter. www.homelessshelterdirectory.org. You can also chat with us at our website at www.1800runaway.org or call us at 800-786-2929 we are always willing to look up more resources over the phone. There is another association that may be able to help you at National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, their website is missingkids.com, or call them at 800-843-5678

  • im 13 and i want to run away.
    im in care.

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    • ccsmod2
      ccsmod2 commented
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      Hello There,
      Thank you for contacting The National Runaway Safeline, we are here to help and here to listen. We are sorry you are going through a difficult situation. We are not legal experts but we do have genereal information on the laws. If you were to runaway your legal guardian does have the right to file a runaway report. If the police found you the most likely would bring you home. One option could be to see if you would be able to stay with any family or friends. We can help you look for shelters in your area if you give us a call.
      We hope this information will be helpful to you in situation. If you have any other questions or would like to explore more options please give us a call. We are here 24/7 to listen and to provide support. Best of luck!
      NRS
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