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  • ccsmod5
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    Hello,

    You mentioned some things that raise concern for your safety and well-being. 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.

    Please be safe and reach out soon by phone or chat so that we may help.

    Take care,
    NRS

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    can i gwt removed from the home if i dont fell safe?

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  • ccsmod5
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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, nor should you be expected to parent your siblings; especially for how long you have done so. It may require some lengthy questioning but CPS should be able to help you, they will likely try to explore options such as other family members as guardians if they are willing and able.
    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. This agency can really help in advocating for you.
    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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    I’m 17 years old and I’ve been raising my little brothers since I was 12. My mom has never been a parent to any of us and she’s very manipulative and has caused me and my brothers so much emotional abuse. I’ve been suicidal for the past 4 years begging for help and she won’t do anything. I’m so mentally screwed up I can’t take care of myself and I can no longer parent my brothers. They need to be with their dad or sister someone who can take care of them properly. I don’t wanna say she’s abusive but theirs been several times she’s physically hurt me. I home school my brothers and it’s been hard to keep up with because of everything going on in my life and they are so far behind the state has been contacting us and she’s gonna get in trouble. My brothers and I no longer want to be here in this house hold and we have family members willing to take us in. My mother also will not allow me to get a job and I have to take my brothers everywhere bc she doesn’t want to watch them nor take care of them. She’s very bad on drinking and is hardly ever sober. She says the most hurtful things to us. Would their be anyway cps can work with me on this?

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  • ccsmod15
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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.
    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. 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
    Last edited by ccsmod15; 07-22-2021, 12:02 AM.

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    Hi…. I really want to get out of the environment I’m in. My mom is physically (hits me and my sister with anything and everything, I have pics of when she left marks) psychologically (she threatens to hurt me and kill me or my sister, I have text messages of begging my dad to help after she’s threatened us) and verbally/emotionally (she swears at me and sister and degrades both of us until we feel like nothing, I’m working on getting audio of her yelling). I’m 14 my sister is 12. We both have tried telling cps in the past but they closed the case (it was abt 2 years ago) since then my mom always brings it up and threatens us, I thought I could manage until I’m 18 so I can legally leave… however I can’t do this anymore. Every day I want to kill myself and I’m in an equal amount of danger of myself as well as my mom. If there’s anything I can do please help since I desperately want to leave… also could someone let me know if my evidence is enough… I only want to do smtg if their is a certain chance I’ll get removed. Thanks..
    I use my phone and internet and books and talking to friends as A coping method, but my dad doesn’t let me use them much anymore and my parents monitor everything I do. They want me to always study and if I’m not their monitoring everything so I can’t rly cope… which is why I want to kill myslef.. hope someone can help me

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  • ccsmod9
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    Thanks for contacting the National Runaway Safeline we are really sorry to hear about what is going on with you and your grandmother. It seems as though your grandma has been really mean to you and wants to kick you out. Please know that if you are fearing being kicked out we can try and do our best to help get you the resources you would need. It might be a good idea to see if you are able to chat in with us or call as well (www.1800runaway.org or 800-786-2929) We can try to find shelters or transitional living programs that help youth on their feet. We can also help report any abuse that might be happening at home. That way a caseworker can be notified and can come assess your situation. You mentioned wanting to run away as well. Some information that might be good to keep in mind is that if you are younger than 18 typically you cannot leave home without your guardian's permission. So if you were to leave your grandma can call the police and file a runaway report with them. From there they would look for you and if they find you bring you back home.

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    Well me and my grandmother got in a fight (not physically) but she always puts me down and makes me feel like I'm a nobody and after that fight she had told me she wants me out and I'm only 11 about to turn 12 and I dont have anywhere else to leave and I been wanted to run away from here but I dont wanna be dramatic and call them if my situation isnt serious to call them.

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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 with your family and sister. 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.

    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.

    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. Another resource you might find helpful is To Write Love on Her Arms. They specialize in mental health awareness and self-harm. You can reach them at twloha.com.

    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
    Hello. I'm 16 and I am panicking alone in my room right now. My family isn't physically abusive they're neglectful and emotionally abusive. I don't have my license because my family won't even take me out driving and I thought about running away to my boyfriends house but it feels too obvious. I'm probably too old to get help and I'm probably being dramatic but I remember when my older sibling used to have anger problems and would threaten me, sometimes with a knife. Today she has accused me of being worthlessly lazy and she called her friend and spread a bunch of lies about me. I've tried talking to my parents about her acting this way before and they either don't listen, laugh, or don't believe me. They'll just tell me to get over it or grow up. I've tried talking to my teachers even and they just feel like they aren't helping, I feel like im completely alone. Whenever I tell people my age they think I just want attention, I don't talk that way for attention it is a cry for help! It's like nobody is there for me, even when I used to cut my family would just laugh and my mom would tell everyone that works for her. I'm tired of being the center of the conversation because everyone talks about me like I'm some kind of character instead of an actual being and I wished my life could be turned around or that I wasn't here anymore at all. I'm running out of places to think of that are safe and I luckily found you. Is it possible you can help me?

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  • ccsmod15
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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.
    Thank you,
    NRS

  • ccsmod15
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    Thanks for reaching out to us at the National Runaway Safeline. You made a great first step to finding the help that you may need. It sounds like you are going through a lot and the people around you are not being supportive. You deserve to be treated with respect, to experience acceptance and to feel safe.

    We want you to know that you are strong for having gone through so much already. It is perfectly okay to deviate from what others or the common population believe to be “normal”. You’re bravery and resilience is so admirable. You are so strong for having gone through so much without having the acceptance that you do deserve for just being you. Remember that you are not alone. If you ever want to talk more about what you are experiencing or get additional support we are here 24/7 at 1800-RUNAWAY or our live chat service. The GLBT National Hotline at 1888-843-4564 is another option to gain great support from those that are familiar with the issues and experiences of those that are also a part of the LGBTQ community. You can access their website link bellow to utilize all the other possibly useful resources they have to offer: http://www.glbthotline.org/

    You mentioned that you were considering the options that may be best for you. By all means, if you do fear for your safety either now or in the future, do not hesitate to take the necessary steps to regain your safety. This may mean calling the authorities or possibly reporting the things you may be experiencing. Other options to think about may be other family members, friends, or a trusted adults that would be able to provide you with support or a safe place to stay. It is great that you thinking ahead. Should you feel like leaving home is best, it may be a good idea to think about how you will provide necessities for yourself such as food, clothing, showers, healthcare and other basic needs. You may want to also consider how your parent’s will react to you leaving without permission. We are not legal experts here, but typically as a minor (under the age of 1 you need permission from your parents to leave home. It is not illegal to runaway, but it would mean that your parents could file a runaway report with the police. This is usually done in an effort to try to return you home as the police are required to do so.

    If you can give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY or reach out through Live Chat we can try to find some youth shelters that may be near your city and state by utilizing our database of resources. We can also try to call out to shelters with you or on your behalf to advocate for you.

    Stay Strong,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    Hi I'm am sorry what you are going through I'm really sorry

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    Guest replied
    I don’t know what to do my parents are toxic and it’s causing me to want to kill my self again but ever time we had CPS they made the house look nice and denied everything i just wanna be happy....I’m 14 and having mental break downs everyday I’m getting to the point i wanna smoke and drink i came out to them as transgender and they said they will never use my pronouns and that i will always be a girl and they won’t use the name I want i get overwhelmed really easy and they know that and i have medication for my depression and I’m still wanting to die my brother abused me when i was younger and their excuse was because he has anger issues they fat shame me a lot i have a eating disorder now and when ever i tell them how I’m feeling they just say “you’re life is easy compared to my childhood” they don’t understand that everyone feels pain differently and i know by the time i am 18 if i am still here i will no longer be the nice caring person my friends know i know 4 years is not worth this i wanna get out I can’t do this anymore i put up with them for way to long to please tell me if i can get taken away from them and be happy with a family that loves me and will allow me to take my hamster because I don’t wanna leave and not be able to take him with me I’m planning on calling cps in a week because that’s when I finish school i just wanna leave....please tell me is you can help me!!!!

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  • ccsmod16
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    Hi,
    Thank you for reaching out; we are glad that you did. It takes a lot of courage to have done so and we hear you and believe you. It sounds like your parents are very controlling and critical over small things. you don't deserve to be treated this way, at all.
    It's understandable to want to live somewhere else, but that is a really hard thing to do without parental consent. We do hope that you will reach out to us so that we can talk about what you are going through and help you find ways to feel stronger inside. You deserve that. you deserve your life, and to be your own self. We want to help you find ways to survive this.
    You can chat us 24/7 through this website, or call our hotline at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) We are always here to listen and help.
    We truly hope to hear from you soon.
    Sincerely,
    NRS
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