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  • I'm 14 and I think I should call CPS on my mom....

    As I said I'm 14 and I thinking about calling CPS on my mom. I haven't had very many problems with my mom in the past except for her not being able to control her emotions and taking it out on me. She has done that throughout my life ever since I was little. She will be fine one second then just explode and start yelling at me. She seems emotionally unstable. But my main problem was recently. My big brother was over at my house to buy a turtle beach headset from me because he wanted it. My mom had been drinking that night and had already thrown a fit. We had one of our goats get stuck in the fence and my mom was struggling to cut the fence and she then reached her "limit" and chucked the wire clippers across the yard almost hitting me. I told her to chill out and I asked my why she did it and she just shrugged me off and ran inside. After about and hour we were hanging out in my parents room. My parents had a box in their room that held their bed spread because they just bought it. There was bubble wrap in it and I start popping it. Not once did my parents tell me to stop; I could see they were annoyed but I didn't think nothing of it. My mom then got so annoyed she grabbed her gun off of her desk and pointed it at me jokingly for like 30 seconds. (my stepdad bought it for her for Christmas) But who the ******** just points a gun at someone. At the time I didn't think anything of it, But after talking to my big brother about it over Xbox I see how serious it is. And now thinking about it I'm really pissed. I told my brother that I think I should call CPS. He said don't because of the ******** that can happen. (me getting taken away, etc) But I could care less. After what my mom just did that changed my point of view on her. I used to think she was a good mother etc. But now I'm doubting myself. I'm going to confront my mom about it tomorrow. Because after that I don't feel safe anymore. I also have my brother that I could move in with aswell. He has a stable job, a nice house, and a nice truck. So I'm chilling right there. But like I have no idea how cps works and I need to know. THANKS

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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 things have been quite overwhelming at home right now and you mentioned feeling unsafe. We’re sorry you’re going through this. You don't deserve to be hurt in any way, and you deserve to feel safe in your own home. 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 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, your brother might be a good option in this situation.
    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).

    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 (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,
    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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    • #3
      I have thought about it more and I when I wrote that I was pretty mad, but now I have had more time to think. I'm not going to contact cps. What I am going to do is talk to my mom about it so she knows she shouldn't do stuff like that cause I don't appreciate it and its dangerous. Also thank you for your help. Thank you


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        Hello again!

        Making decisions with a level head is always a good idea, and we commend you for taking some time to think through things and talking it out with others rather than making a decision while angry. Talking with your mom about how she's been treating you and how it makes you feel sounds like a good idea, and we're glad you're comfortable with doing so. It might also help to have a separate conversation with your dad about those situations, just so he also knows how you're feeling and to see if he can support you more if/when something else happens in the future.

        And if you continue to have any issues that leave you feeling unsafe at home, know that you can revisit filing a report with CPS at any moment. You deserve to feel safe and comfortable at home.

        If you'd like to continue talking, please feel free to reach out to us directly by calling 1-800-RUNAWAY, or through our live chat at We're available 24/7 and are always happy to listen, and to help.

        Take care.

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