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  • I and my friend are thinking of running away from everything and were thinking of bring someone else along and we don't know how long were running away for so ya I guess that's it but we still are deciding when the perfect time it is to run away bc it's October and we just need advice and were going to come back we just need a break from some personal and family stuff.

    this is the school's computer


    • ccsmod15
      ccsmod15 commented
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      It sounds like you must be dealing with a lot. You all deserve a safe environment, and getting the support you need. It makes sense that you’d want to seek that out, or, if it’s stress, that you’d want to find some way to take a break from that.

      You’re asking about the ideal time. It isn’t really about the time so much as working out what problem you are solving by running away, and figuring out a way to be in a safe and secure environment.

      Often, youth might leave their families and go stay with a relative or friend. That way they have food, housing, etc, and some support, and depending on your situation, it can be nice for everyone to get a break. We are not legal experts, but our understanding is that if a guardian approves, youth can stay elsewhere.

      Because you’re under 18, you’re under guardianship. That means leaving is running away. It’s never illegal to run away. It’s a status offense, which means that if you leave, your guardians can file a runaway report. If they do that, it’s the police’s job to return you to your guardians. Sometimes guardians don’t file a runaway report. So you might think about how likely they’d be to do that, depending on what situation you set up.

      There are youth shelters, too. Legally, youth shelters have to notify guardians after a few days, though. We have a database of resources, and we could find a youth shelter near you if you call us or use our chat service.

      Your safety is the most important thing. If you do leave home, consider having a way to get in touch with people who you trust who could come get you. It can be helpful to have that just in case the situation you are in changes, or is not what you thought it would be.

      Also, consider if there’s additional ways to address some of the issues you’re dealing with. For example, if there’s fights and stuff at home, we do have a database of family counseling services if you call or use our chat. Perhaps, connecting to something like that might help.

      Lastly, sometimes youth are looking to leave because they are dealing with neglect, or verbal or physical abuse. If guardians do things like that, they can lose guardianship through child abuse reporting. You can learn more about this option without committing to anything by calling Child Help anonymously. They are mandated reporters, so if you mention abuse and give your name, they have to report it. But you can call anonymously, and ask questions about the process, without having to commit to anything. Their number is: 1-800-422-4453.

      We hope some of these ideas are a help to you.

  • hey i need help. I'm 12 and have a 7 year old sister and a 2 year old brother. My mom is physically, emotionally, and mentally abusing me. She would blame me for little things and beat me with whatever she has in her hand. I want to run away with my siblings because I don't want to leave them alone for my mom to do the same thing to them. I need help but I don't want my mom to get in trouble. Please I really need help ASAP, I'm close to packing our bags right now. I'm depressed and REALLY NEED SOMEONE"S HELP. Please I'm begging anyone to help me right now.


    • 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 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 (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,

  • I'm 12yrs old and I want to runaway from home. It's been to much for me now and no one is listening to my pain. I need a way to escape and suicide is no where in my thoughts. I just wanna go live w/ my dad. Even tho he has anger issues, I still think he's a better option than going to families who are on my mothers side. They will of course call her and she will just yell at me and tell me I'm wrong and it's just teenage feelings. Never had she or others listened to my prospective about my feelings.They just assume it's an attitude but it's not. I just need a solution. Please help me.


    • ccsmod4
      ccsmod4 commented
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      Thank you for writing to us here at the National Runaway Safeline.

      We understand it takes great courage to reach out, and we appreciate you sharing a little bit about what’s going on. We would like to be of assistance to you if we can. It is times like these that would be nice to have a listening ear. It is also important that you remember to exercise self- care. You showed some by reaching out to NRS. Good for you. Sometimes talking about things may help to come up with some options that might help to change the situation.
      We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time. We can best help by phone or chat so that we might learn a little more about your situation and how we might assist you. If you would like to talk more in detail and share more about how we can help specifically, please call or chat soon.

      Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); (click on the chat button).

      We hope to hear from you soon.

      Take care,

  • I am 12 I REALLY want to run away

    I want to run away cause I'm sick and tired of my sister making things up to get me in trouble all the time I just want to run away with my friends and never look back not even for a second I just feel like I need to run also I'm a fast runner so I can get away pretty quickly I just need to figure out a plan so here is a list.
    1.plan it out
    2. avoid the cameras
    3. pack undetected
    4. perfect time and date
    5. where in gunna escape
    6. where in gunna live
    7. save up money
    8.take all the resources I need
    food, water, drinks, band aids, flashlight, umbrella, sleeping bag, pillow, a knife for protection, and fire equipment.
    there are some people who bully me especially my sister she acts like she is cool or acts like I'm her some and smacks me when she wants and that's why I want to run away


    • ccsmod1
      ccsmod1 commented
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      Hey there,

      Thanks for reaching out and sharing a little bit about what's happening, it takes a lot of courage. It's great to think logically about what would happen if you ran away and how you would address your basic needs - those are very important things to figure if you decide to leave home. From what you wrote, it seems like your sister is a big reason about why you want to run away. It could be a good idea to speak with a parent about how your sister has been treating you. If you feel uneasy about approaching your parents it may be a good idea to have a conversation mediated by a school counselor/social worker, trusted friend, or family member to help clear the air. If you'd like, you can also call us directly and we can conduct a conference call with your parents so you have a safe environment where you can express yourself. If you think family counseling may be helpful we can also help locate family crisis services agencies near you.

      If you’d like to go over what’s going on in depth, or if you’d like to explore other options that you may have available to you, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY. You can also chat us by clicking on the “CHAT” button on top of our homepage. We’re open 24/7 and here to listen and support you in any way we can.

      Stay safe,

  • Im 13 and every night after dinner my parents scream at me and my siblings and tell us about all that we do wrong and by the end we are all sobbing. Last night tho he told us to move to hollywood so that liberals can ******** us in the ass and i really want to run away but i don't have any money what can i do


    • ccsmod2
      ccsmod2 commented
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      Thank you for contacting the National Runaway Safeline. It sounds like the way your parents are treating you is very hurtful and inappropriate. You don’t deserve to be treated in any of these ways, and it’s good that you are reaching out for support. It makes sense that you’re not sure what to do, but you don’t have to go through this alone. We’re a 24/7, anonymous and confidential hotline, and we are here to help: Call us any time at 1-800-RUNAWAY or chat with us online at
      No one deserves to be screamed at by their parents every night under any circumstances, whether you might be doing something wrong, or doing nothing wrong. It sounds really hurtful and unfair for your father to tell you that you should move away, and it is inappropriate for him to say something like that about letting people ******** you. No one deserves to be spoken to that way ever, by anyone, and you don’t either. You deserve to feel safe at home.
      It makes sense that you are feeling like you want to run away from home, and it is wise of you to consider your options. Before running away, it might be helpful to think about whether you know any adults, such as another family member, or a parent of a friend, or a teacher, whom you can talk to about what you are going through. Sometimes talking about it with an adult you trust can help you see what your options are and feel supported. It might also be helpful to imagine what would need to change at home for you to feel safer at home. If you are unsure what your options are, you can call us at the NRS and one of our liners can talk through this with you. You can also call the National Child Abuse Hotline any time at 1.800.422.4453.
      It can be tough to be a preteen no matter how you are being treated at home, and it makes sense that you are having a hard time figuring out what to do while living with your parents under this kind of treatment. It sounds like you are being a thoughtful and considerate person, and it is a good thing that you are reaching out for support and asking yourself what you need to feel safe and comfortable. You are already doing a good job looking out for yourself, and you do not have to keep going through this without support. Good luck!

  • HI... i want to runaway.
    because my mom is always saying i can go live with my dad and that he lives in a car and one time she told me i could kill myself and she wont care i always wanted to run away but i never ever had the strength to but i'm about to be 12 in 6 day and every time its going to be my birthday or chirsmas i forgo have to spell that to tho BTW...she is always like if you don't be good you wont get this or that like b**** i don't give a f***
    PERIODT so what should i do cause i really don't know what to do right now and BTW i want to runaway in the winter so i could get my money and just leave....

    BTW this is my schools computer...


    • ccsmod13
      ccsmod13 commented
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      Hello! Thank you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. We’re sorry to hear that you’ve been treated that way. You certainly don’t deserve it. Everyone deserves to feel loved by their family and have a place that they can call home.

      From what you’ve told us, it sounds like you might be experiencing verbal/emotional abuse. You’re able to report child abuse to your state’s Child Protective Services office if you wish. Child Help is a great resource – if you go to their website (, you can learn more about the reporting process. If you would like to talk about what reporting would look like, want help in filing a report, or want to explore other options, please call us at 1 (800) RUN-AWAY or send us a chat on We’re confidential, non-judgmental, and available 24/7. We’re here to listen, and we’re here to help.

      Good luck & stay safe!
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