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  • I have everything planned, but where should I go?

    I am 15, and in a few weeks, I'll be a runaway along with my friend. There is nothing anyone can do to stop us. Both of our families are nothing short of broken, we've both tried to commit suicide twice. Long story short, we're done. We have everything planned. We're going to take a bus across country and get jobs. We're looking into only two things right now: where should we go, and is it possible to anonymously further our our education there?

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    Re: I have everything planned, but where should I go?

    Thanks so much for reaching out to us here at the National Runaway Safeline. We are so sorry to hear about the difficult time both you and your friend have been having. It sounds like it has been really rough if you and your friend have both decided to run away and have even tried to commit suicide twice. We are glad that you are both still here with us today.

    As far as running away goes, it can be really tricky to run away if you are 15 years old. Your guardians have the right to file a runaway report if you and your friend were to run away, which means the police would be looking for you and would have to bring both you and your friend back home if they found the both of you. It is also important to have a set plan when thinking about running away. A set plan can include things like where you would live, how you would be able to eat, what you would do about school and a job, etc. It is best to have a for sure plan before making any set decisions just so you and your friend are sure you will both be able to survive. When it comes to your two questions – though we cannot tell you were exactly you can go since we do not know your exact location, shelters are always an option. It is important to keep in mind that most shelters need parental permission to house you because of your age, though. We are not experts on education, so it would be best to contact the local department of education in that area and see what exactly they can do to help you.

    Again, thank you for contacting us for some advice. We hope the information we were able to give you could help in some way! If you have anymore questions or need specific resources, feel free to call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY. We are opened 24/7 and one of our liners would be more than happy to talk to you more in depth about your situation. Best of luck!
    Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

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