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    If i call cps and they take me will i be allowed to bring my dog

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  • ccsmod10
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    Thank you for telling us your story and reaching out. It can be difficult to manage situations like this and you don’t have to do it alone. We want you to know that no one deserves to be abused, and you should not have to go through that. If you haven’t already, you could consider reporting the abuse you’ve been experiencing. It sounds like you are unsure about getting others involved, but you have the right to feel safe no matter where you are. If you want more information about abuse reporting or if you want to file a report, you could call Child Help at 1-800-422-4453.

    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 in trouble for harboring a runaway. You could consider calling your local nonemergency police department to ask about their policies. We also have legal aid resources here if you have specific questions about the laws in your state.

    If you don’t feel safe and feel like you need to get away Nationalsafeplace.org 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.

    Again, thank you for contacting us. It sounds like you’ve been going through a really hard time, but you’ve shown a lot of strength by working through these challenges and reaching out for help. If you would like to share more, please feel free to call our 24 hour hotline at 1-800Runaway (786-2929) or use our live chat. We hope this information was helpful and take care.

    -NRS

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    I have abusive parents who attacked me and harm me mentally, my step dad has kicked and punched me on multiple occasions and my biological father was worse, he whipped me and beat me till I was bleeding. Now my parents are sick of me and are trying to send me to live overseas with my abusive father in a land where I don't know the language, I'm and American citizen too. I'm scared to call cps because if they don't take me when they come to investigate or if they call to say they're coming I'm going to be hurt worse. Please help I don't know what to do!

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  • ccsmod11
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    Thank you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline - we are here to listen and help as best as we can. While everyone's situation is different and there are no guarantees, it has not been our experience where a parent sending their child to cps is something that occurs often (if at all). It would certainly be scary if that is what your mom is telling you she is going to do. If it is, I'm sorry that you are being told something like that, that must not feel good to hear at all.

    While we are not legal experts, we can share with you a general sense of how emancipation works. It is our understanding that some states offer formal emancipation statutes while others do not unfortunately. Laws vary depending on your location, but in many states a minor can petition the court for emancipation to take responsibility for their own care before they turn 18. Generally speaking, courts are wary about granting emancipation. In most cases, you would have to prove in court that you have an income and can care for yourself financially, and that you are able to live separately from your parents (or in the case you are talking about, CPS). It also helps to be in good standing at school. The court will also factor in the mental and physical welfare of your parents in order to establish your best interest. Usually your legal guardian would have to agree to this in court.

    If you are emancipated, you can legally choose where you live, but you might still find that you cannot sign a lease or build credit until you turn 18. The emancipation process can take several months or up to a year, and may cost money in the form of court fees and other expenses. Usually, the best way to learn about emancipation in your state is to contact a lawyer. You may also find information at your county family court.

    We can look up legal aid resources that may be able to help you with the process. Please do not hesitate to call or chat if you have questions, need legal resources, or would like to talk in further detail. We can explore your situation, discuss options, and come up with a plan and resources to deal with your situation. We are looking forward to hearing from you soon, and wish you the best of luck.

    Best, NRS

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    Can my own mom send me to cps? Im from texas. If so then if im under cps can i be emancipated or still travel alone?

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  • ccsmod1
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    Hey there,

    Thanks so much for contacting us, it takes a lot of courage to reach out and share your story. It must be really hard to live in a home with so much tension. Your mother's previous behavior was unacceptable and you deserve to be treated with respect. Running away is a big decision and it can be very stressful to figure out what you want to do.

    Some of what you've described sounds like neglect in addition to the emotional abuse that you mentioned. You have the right to report this. If you feel like this is an option you want to explore, you may find this website helpful: https://www.childhelp.org/child-abuse/. We can also help you to file a report if that’s the route you are considering. It may also be a good idea to explore options for staying with another family member or someone you trust as far as transferring custody.

    You said that you have thought about committing suicide if you had to continue living with your mother. We care a lot about your safety, and we can help you find resources that can help you cope with these feelings. You do not have to face this alone, and there is so much help out there for you. If you are thinking about hurting yourself, the National Suicide Hotline could be a good resource for you. You can check them out at https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/, or you can call 1-800-273-8255 for help and support any time.

    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.

    All the best,
    NRS

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    My mother has been emotionally abusing me for as long as I can remember, and she was physically abusing until two Summers ago when I called CPS because she had cut open my leg from hitting it with a fly swatter. CPS believed her story, which was that I must have made the cut myself and blamed her, and then they didn't take any further action. I am now 16 years old, and I wish CPS would do something about her actions. I bought my car with my money, and I only drive it to school and work and back home, but she has taken the keys and won't give them back. Every single thing that I own, someone else in my family has bought for me, or I have bought for myself. She yelled at me for asking for a $2 bottle of body soap the other day. She took my phone away (she doesn't pay for that either), and I can not be around her for more than five minutes without her telling me something I've done wrong. She won't hit me anymore because she knows I'll call CPS, but she makes me do push-ups or run laps while she calls me fat and ugly instead. I have relatives that have offered to let me live with them, but my mother won't let me. My grandmother and my aunt have both offered to let me stay with them, and I would much rather be in that environment. I think if I have to stay with my mother for much longer, I will probably commit suicide so I don't have to be with her anymore.

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  • ccsmod15
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    Hi there,
    Thank you so much for contacting the National Runaway Safeline. It sounds like you are going through a challenging situation and are dealing with more than any one person should have to deal with. While it might not feel this way, you’re extremely brave for reaching out.
    We’d love to try and help you as best as we can. First, you mentioned you were previously hospitalized for thoughts of suicide. It’s good to hear you were able to get help. If you are ever seriously thinking about hurting yourself again, please reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You can reach them 24/7 by phone at 1-800-273-8255 or over the web at suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
    You mentioned that your mom’s boyfriend has been physically, emotionally and mentally abusing you over the course of the past 12 years, which is never okay. If it hasn’t been done already, filing an abuse report is one option for you to consider. An abuse report can be filed by calling your local non-emergency number. It sounds like CPS is already involved, but you could consider reaching out to them in order to discuss further what you’re experiencing at home. One other option that could be helpful is contacting the National Child Abuse Hotline. They are a confidential service and can provide additional options for you as well. They can be reached at 1-800-422-4453 if you are interested.
    We are not legal experts but running away is what would be considered a “status offense” since you are legally a minor until the age of 18 in most states. A status offense is not a crime, it is something that you cannot do because of your age (on par with smoking a cigarette). If you do have your parents’ permission to leave, then you can legally stay with a friend and that is totally fine. Once you turn 18, you can leave home whenever you’d like, without any legal consequences.
    Finally, there are a couple of services at the National Runaway Safeline that we’d encourage you to utilize. First, we have a telephone hotline that you can call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This number is 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929). We also have a chat service that is available through our website daily. We will be best able to assist you through one of these services. We would love to talk more specifically about your situation.
    Thank you again for contacting us and we look forward to hearing from you further. Take care of yourself.
    -NRS

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    Hi.....over the years cps has visited my home quite regularly.Yet, the only thing they did was ask my parents where they wanted us to go while they worked on things at home...it never really worked because they always were there with us,but they would constantly push me away like it was my fault we were put there.My mom has been letting her boyfriend physically,emotionally,and mentally abuse me over the past 12 years.Quite frankly,I’m over it.Im tired of being told to leave the home and my mom telling me I can’t because it would look bad on her.Im tired of lying to people and telling them I’m fine when I’m really not.I have just recently been hospitalized for suicidal thoughts,but my mom acts like everything is normal...they say that when he hits me it’s discipline.If nobody can help,I feel like my last resort is to run away.

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  • ccsmod4
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    Reply: What if I can't emancipated

    Hi,
    Thanks for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline.

    It sounds like you are in a tough situation and may be looking for some options to help cope with everything.
    We understand how difficult it must have been to speak about your feelings and what has been going on.
    You are very brave for doing so. Good for you.
    No one has the right to abuse you in any way.
    NRS would like you to know we are here to support you at this difficult time.

    One option might be to consider talking with the people that are willing to take you in.
    Perhaps they can work out an agreement with your parent’s.
    If you are being abused you have the right to file an abuse report with Child protective services. To do so contact Child help USA. 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

    Let us know how we might help, please contact us at 1-800-Runaway (786-2929) orwww.1800Runaway.org (live chat).

    NRS is here to listen and here to help.
    Having a space to vent and explore options may often bring out a solution previously not thought of. We are here as support to help you and your friend through this challenging time. We can best help by phone or chat. If you would like to talk more in detail please call or chat soon.


    Hi,
    Thanks for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline.

    It sounds like you are in a tough situation and may be looking for some options to help cope with everything.
    We understand how difficult it must have been to speak about your feelings and what has been going on.
    You are very brave for doing so. Good for you.
    No one has the right to abuse you in any way.

    NRS would like you to know we are here to support you at this difficult time.
    One option might be to consider talking with the people that are willing to take you in.
    Perhaps they can work out an agreement with your parent’s.
    If you are being abused you have the right to file an abuse report with Child protective services. To do so contact Child help USA. 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.

    NRS is here to listen and here to help.
    Let us know how we might help, please contact us at 1-800-Runaway (786-2929) orwww.1800Runaway.org (live chat).

    Having a space to vent and explore options may often bring out a solution previously not thought of. We are here as support to help you and your friend through this challenging time. We can best help by phone or chat. If you would like to talk more in detail please call or chat soon.

    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)

    Take care,
    NRS


    We hope this response was helpful! We’d love to hear from you about your experience using our crisis email/forum. Your feedback plays an important role in helping us improve our services to youth and families. Please click the link to fill out our survey: Your Opinion Matters to Us

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    What if I can't emancipated I don't have the grades and I'm getting bad grades can't provide for myself my mom called me juvenile delinquent and my little brother likes mentally and physically abuse me he loves to hit me over and over and I don't want to fight back I'm a pacifist he calls me names on the bus and whenever he's around friends my mom and dad won't sign a paper so my friends mom can have legal rights over me I've suicidal thoughts whenever I think see or even hear my parents name or see them or think about them. How can my friend’s mom get legal right over me?
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  • ccsmod2
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    Hello There,
    Thank you for contacting The National Runaway Safeline, we are here to help and here to listen. It sounds like you are going through a really difficult time right now, remember you are not alone. You mentioned having suicidal thoughts and hurting yourself you can call The National Suicide Prevention Line at: 1800-273-8255. We want you to know that your life is valuable and there is a lot to live for. You can also consider talking to your school counselor or a professional therapist about how you are feeling, sometimes talking to an unbiased person can help us feel better. You can also try and do coping skills when you get into an argument such as taking deep breaths, going for a walk, listening to music, and calling someone you trust. One legal way to get out would be emancipation, if you call us we can give you legal aid resources in your state that can explain a little more about the emancipation process. We hope this information was helpful to you in your situation. If you have any other questions or would like to call us for support we are available 24/7. We wish you the best of luck, and remember to stay strong!
    NRS

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    I feel really depressed and have had suicidal thoughts and have used glass becuase my mother and I have not my and a few weeks ago we had an argument and I through a chair at her and then last night we had an argument that made me feel even worse and I have scars because she makes me feel bad and I've burnt myself cut and sliced I'm looking for a legal way to get out of this place and move in with my friend and her parent and let her parent sign papers to have full custody over me so my mom and dad can say ok

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  • ccsmod11
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    Hello, and 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 do not deserve to be hurt in any way.

    If any harm or abuse is happening at home, you have the right to report it. We are not experts on the issue, but generally once it's been reported, social services will either decide whether or not to take the case and further investigate. If they do take the case, they will send out someone from child protective services to do an investigation (interviewing people in the household) and from there they will decide the level of danger within the household. It generally ranges from no danger (the youth stays in the home, some services are given, and the case is closed), moderate danger (they will provide family services with possible temporary displacement) and high danger (they will remove the youth from the home and offer certain services).

    If you feel like this is an option you want to explore, you may find this website helpful: https://www.childhelp.org/child-abuse/. We can also help you to file a report if that’s the route you are considering.

    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.

    Take care, NRS

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    Guest replied
    Is it possible for CPS to take me away from my parents? They have emotional abused me. My brother is abusive (but hes more physical)
    My parents have gone mad on me because I came out as mtf.(my step dad punched a hole through my door because I locked it)
    Unfortunately I dont have the door anymore
    I've been told I'm driving the family to hell
    My parents claim to support me yet aren't allowing me to get anywhere to HRT and my mother is denying me therapy because she thinks I'm fine
    I need some help

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