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  • ccsmod2
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    We are proud of you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline for help. Please know that it’s not okay for anyone to abuse you – you deserve to be treated with love and respect. A resource that might help you is the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline, which is a 24-hour hotline with resources to help in every child abuse situation. All calls are confidential. You can call or text 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453) for help. Or you can go to https://www.childhelp.org/childhelp-hotline/ and click on the live chat link. You also mentioned that you want to leave home. If you would like to live chat with us to talk more about your situation, we are available 24/7 via phone at 1-800-RUNAWAY or we can live chat via our website https://www.1800runaway.org/. You deserve to be treated well by your mom, and we are here to support you.

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    Hello, my name is .I feel like I am possibly being abused...the only thing is that where I'm from, the way I'm being abused is totally normal. I have been so so sooo scared to do anything like this. I searched up some stuff online, and all I got out of that was call the cops call the cops and I know that's what I have to do but I DON'T WANT TO! I know its just gonna start trouble. I don't want to see a therapist, I dont wanna call cops, I just want to leave and get a new place to be because I hate it here and I don't want anything that I have right now because all I have is a freaking sicko mom! She could be so nice to any kid on this living planet! But NOOOO never her own damn child! and have I done things that all dumb kids do? Yeah, I have, But I do not deserve one bit of this!!! >
    Please don't send people to my home or anything crazy like that...
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  • ccsmod13
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    Hi there,

    Thank you for taking the time to contact us here at NRS. It sounds like you are not feel safe or supported at home and it has become overwhelming. Reaching out was a really good first step to get any support that you may need. It sounds like there is a lot that you are facing at home right now and your parents have been making it difficult to contact your caseworker for help. We want you to know that you deserve to be helped and that you are not alone in this.

    You mentioned wanting to contact your CPS caseworker. There is an organization called Child Help that advocates for youth in unsafe or dangerous situations and they might be able to help you make an additional report to contact your caseworker. You can speak with an advocate by chatting with them at www.childhelp.org.

    We are also available 24/7 to provide support and help as much as possible. You can contact us directly by phone at 1-800-786-2929 or through live chat at 1800runaway.org.

    Stay strong,
    NRS

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    if i tell my cps worker i dont feel safe here and want gone and my parents took all my ways to contact her but my home computer can i get put in foster care every night theres a fight and i lose all my breathe from crying

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  • ccsmod3
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    Hey there. Thanks for reaching out to us here at NRS. We know that it can take a lot of courage to reach out for support, and we're glad you took that step. We're sorry to hear that your parents physically hurt you and threw your clothes away--that is definitely not okay, and you don't deserve to be treated that way. Physically hurting a child is considered child abuse. If you feel unsafe at home or think this might happen again (and even if you don't), you can get help by contacting your local Child Protective Services (CPS) agency. It's their job to investigate when there are allegations of abuse, and they have the authority to make changes to the situation at hand, depending on what is in the child's best interests. If you'd like to make an abuse report, you can do so by yourself by googling CPS agency in your city/state. You can also do so by contacting us here at NRS; we can make a report with you or for you. Or, if you disclose what happened to a teacher or a doctor, they are required by law to file a report on your behalf. And if you need some time to think about if that's something you'd like to do, that's okay to. But...if at any moment you feel unsafe in your home, please contact your local police department for immediate assistance.

    If you'd like to chat more about your particular situation or file an abuse report with our help, please feel free to reach out to us. You can reach us by phone at 1-800-RUNAWAY or through our live chat at www.1800runaway.org. We're available 24/7 and are always happy to listen, and to help.

    Take care.

    NRS

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    My parents physically hurt me because they were done putting up with me and threw away my clothes is that okay?

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  • ccsmod0
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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.
    The easiest way to leave home is with your parents' permission. We understand that might be challenging, however, maybe there’s another family member, relative, or a family friend who could help to communicate how you’re feeling to your parents. The second way is through Child Protective Services if safety is a concern. Lastly, you can also look into emancipation options. In most states you need to be at least 16 to be considered and demonstrate that you can support yourself financially and independently. Emancipation often can be a lengthy process and may even cost some money for court fees. We would be happy to look into legal resources if that’s something you are considering.
    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 would like to look into further emotional support options, you can text with a crisis worker at the National Alliance on Mental Illness 24/7 by texting "NAMI" to 741741.
    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

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    hi, im a 16 year old living in a emotionally and somewhat verbally abusive home in MO. I used to struggle with self harm over this but ive found healthier ways to cope. Day after day im emotionally distraught and my mental health is getting bad again. My problem is, i am happy to move out but i feel responsible for my little sister. She isnt treated the way i am but im afraid that 1. shed be treated poorly if i left and 2. shed hate me for leaving her as shed be the only kid at home and 10. Every one of my five older siblings (who have moved out already) had issues at home. I know i need to get out but id feel guilty leaving my sister. I also cant tell you how badly id want to live with my older sibs. I just cant be home but i dont wanna be apart from my siblings. Rarely am i physically abused but that doesnt mean never. I just need out.

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  • ccsmod13
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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 child protective services. Child Help USA 1-800-422-4453 www.childhelp.org is an organization that helps protect minors from being harmed. They can tell you more about how CPS could respond to your situation. If you ever need assistance calling out to CPS to make an abuse or neglect report please call is at 1-800-RUNAWAY.

    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

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    Guest replied
    I've Been struggling with depression for years now and i finally told my parents and the first thing they said is that they would send me away if i said dumb stuff like that again and even accused me of lying to them , my dad has a really bad temper and sometimes he will drag me by my wrist and force me in my room , sometimes he will even hurt me to where i will have bruises on my legs, arms, and sometimes ill go to school with a red hand mark cause of when he slaps/backhands me , My mother doesn't do anything about it but tell him to calm down and that doesn't help at all , i really just wanna know if i can get my dad taken away from me and my family so i don't have to carry so much stress and worry all the time about things that he might do to me if i make one little mistake

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  • ccsmod0
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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. They can tell you more about how CPS could respond to your situation. If you ever need assistance calling out to CPS to make an abuse or neglect report please call is at 1-800-RUNAWAY.

    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

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    Guest replied
    My mom and dad has been living in this house for 3 years now and they won’t move out of the house for anything. there’s a hole in the roof and there’s also holes all around the house Where rats,spiders,roaches are coming through the hole I really need help They won’t listen to me and my dad gets mad at me for any little thing he once choked me and my mom never did anything about it.all she did was say “don’t do that to her”

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  • ccsmod2
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    Hello There,
    Thank you for reaching out to The National Runaway Safeline, we are here to listen and here to provide support. It takes a lot of courage to reach out for help and we are so glad that you decided to reach out to us.
    What you have described defiantly seems like a rough situation to be in, and we want you to know you are not alone. You do not deserve to be threatened and we are sorry you are dealing with that. Having cameras all over the inside of your home is an invasion of privacy and it is understandable you are upset.
    We know you mentioned feeling suicidal and depressed, and we want you to know that your life is valuable and you are worth living. There is always someone willing to listen and provide support. If you are feeling suicidal please reach out for help at The National Suicide Prevention Line: 1800-873-8255. You also may want to consider talking to a counselor even if it’s a school counselor about how you are feeling and what is going on at home.
    We know you mentioned wanting to live with your grandma, we are not legal experts but we do have some information. First of all, it is great that you have your grandmother there for support, having a support system can help. One option would be to talk with your grandma about living with her and she may be able to help figure out a plan. If you were to leave without permission it is possible you could be brought back home by the police.
    We hope that this information will be helpful to you in your 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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    um hi I don't want to live with my mom/dad AT ALL I'm gay and my dad is homophobic and he told me if he sees me wearing makeup he will slap me he is also very controlling he took down my door and has cameras all around the inside of my house so he can see everything I do he also always will get mad at me for simple things and some times it does get physical my mom is not as bad but she is controlling too also this has made my mental health go really bad I'm depressed and suicidal because of them the only person I'm happy with is my grandma and I'm trying to live with her rn but idk how

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  • ccsmod8
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    Hello there –

    Thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to reach out to us here at the National Runaway Safeline on our public forum. We are always here to listen and here to help in any way that we can. Sounds like you’ve got a plan to leave, but you just have a few more question about it. It’s unfortunate to hear that you might not be getting along with your grandmother and is causing you to think about leaving to go into foster care.

    You mentioned that you wanted CPS to come and take you to a specific group home or foster home, unfortunately it might not work like that. The decision of whether or not a child would be removed from their parents care falls on the shoulders of a CPS (Child Protective Services) case worker. Depending on the type of abuse, it would be harder to see and prove so it might come down to whether or not that child has any evidence so support their case. If they don’t think that the child is in an abusive situation, they might recommend some counseling services or general family mediation.

    Only you know yourself when it’s time to leave home due to it being an unsafe situation and it’s hard to talk to just anyone one about what has been going on. Please rest assured that we are completing confidential. So anything that you share with us will stay between us. If you want to talk more about what is going on at home and maybe some alternatives to run away, you can always reach out to us here on our 24-hour crisis hotline or online chat.

    Hope this helps and best of luck!
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