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    Hi I had a question that I've been meaning to ask for awhile now. I have a friend that lives in a terrible environment and I can tell she's extremely unhappy and has trouble keeping it together mentally sometimes. Is there some way that my family could take her in and live with us in some sort of way. My mother is more than happy with the idea and wants her to have a happy life like a kid should instead of worrying about going home everyday to see what problem her parents will bring up. I don't entirely know if the things she goes through is considered child abuse but it definitely causes some problems for her as a person. I just want her to be able to feel safe and secure like a home should be.

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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 your friend is faced with right now and you’re wanting to find a way to help them as they mentioned wanting to leave home. It’s great that your friend has support and concern from you especially since this time is quite difficult for them. There may be legal consequences if your mother decides to allow your friend to live with you guys.
    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.
    Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); (click on the chat button).
    We’re here to listen and to help and hope you or your friend can reach out soon.
    Take care,

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