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    My dad is always yelling at me and after my mom and dad divorced, My mom has always been on her phone. I feel unwanted and want to run away. What do I do?

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    Thank you for reaching out to us and telling us your story. It sounds like you are going through a very difficult time right now and we hope to be able to help you out. Divorce can be hard, but no one deserves to be yelled at all the time and felt unwanted. We’re not legal experts here at NRS. Generally it’s not illegal to leave home, but your parents could file a runaway report, the police could get involved, and they could bring you home. The people you’re staying with could potentially get charged with “harboring,” if your parents did not give you permission to stay there.

    If you don’t feel safe and feel like you need to get away provides a safe location for you to meet a staff member who can take you to a designated place where you can discuss all options about how to stay safe. You can text 44357 the word “safe,” and your location to find a safe location in your area. Once you arrive let someone who works there know you need help connecting with a staff member.
    Counseling could also be another option for everyone to have a safe place to voice how they feel. Your school could help you either individually or find referrals for you and your family. You deserve to be heard and counseling might be a good place to voice how you feel.

    One service we can offer is to conference call with your parents. This way you could have a conversation with your parents but you would not be alone. For example, it may be hard for you to explain to your mom and dad how you feel about the divorce and how they are treating you. Sometimes those conversations go better in a conference call because we can advocate for you. If you want to reach us, you can chat with us anytime at or call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY. We’re here 24/7, and we are ready to listen and help however we can.

    Wish you the best
    Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

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