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    Hi, I am 15 (turning 16 in 20 days) and need to leave my house. My parents and sister both told me to and I want to. My anxiety and depression come from all this stress at home and I am just done dealing with it. I don't know where to go. I don't know what group homes are around me/ which ones I can go to without a social worker. Is there a way I can get a social worker? I need to be legally moved soon or I will just run away.

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    Re: Runaway from home

    Hello and thank you for writing to us here at National Runaway Safeline (NRS). It sounds like things at home have become quite stressful and overwhelming. We are sorry that you feel home is a place where you feel stressed and unhappy. It seems you are wanting to go to a group home or shelter. We may be able to locate some agencies in your area that can help provide you support and explore some ideal options with you. Often the department of children and family services in your state may be able to explore some options with you. If your mother is willing to consent to you going to a residential shelter, she would generally need to be present to sign you in. If you are able to call or chat with us, we could provide you with some resources based on your city/state/zip code. We hope you reach out soon so that we can offer you support and helpful resources.

    It sounds like you are trying to think of the next best steps to be in an environment you feel comfortable and supported in. You may benefit from talking more about what's going on and to identify a safe plan if you want to live away from your family. We are here as support to you.

    Please reach out soon and stay safe.

    Take care,

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

    National Runaway Safeline
    [email protected] (Crisis Email)
    1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)

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