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  • ccsmod10
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    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. If you’re feeling unsafe and need a safe place to go and talk to someone, you may wish to visit The National Safeplace website (www.nationalsafeplace.org). This organization provides access to immediate help and supportive resources for youth in need. You can look up your city and state to see if there are any safe places near you listed. So that is always an option if you feel like talking to someone in person about what has been going on or if you just need of a safe place to stay.

    You also may use your phone to text the word “safe” and your current location (city/state/zip) to 44357. If there are safe places and shelters nearby, a list of those will be sent to your phone and you may have the option to text back and forth with a trained counselor as well.

    Be safe,
    NRS

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    I'm 14 I don't live with my mom due to us and my two other sisters living in a hotel and getting kicked out I decided to go live with a friend and today she was basically telling me I have to leave and I have no where to go because my mom is homeless with my little sister and I'm just here alone

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  • ccsmod1
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    Hey there,

    Thanks so much for reaching out and sharing a little bit about what’s been going on, we know that it takes a lot of courage. It sounds like you are in a really scary situation right now and it wasn't right for your mom to force you into a situation like this. The National Runaway Safeline is located in the United States of America (USA). Our knowledge of helpful community based resources and our understanding of youth in crisis related laws is limited to the USA. You may want to check out Kids Helpline by going to https://www.kidshelp.com.au/ they may be more knowledgeable about the laws and resources available to you in Australia.

    We hope that by reaching out to a local resource, you are able to get the support you need from an organization that understands the laws and circumstances that affect youth in your country.

    Be safe,
    NRS

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    hey guys, I am 16 yrs old and my mom has kicked me out of the house, she has not given me any clothes or money. all I am all alone on the streets, I have nothing to eat and to call my relatives. I have been sleeping for 4 days on the public places and I have been beaten and bullied by other people on the streets. I have published this on my friend's computer, he gives me water and a bit of snack to live. however, I have no future plans. the winters are starting and now I am forced to sleep in cold. I have a bit of fever and cold but I can't afford to buy medicines or use public hospitals as i do not have any proof I am a citizen(australia). pls answer back with some solutions. I live Sydney, Australia.
    Last edited by ccsmod1; 09-26-2019, 05:03 AM.

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  • ccsmod2
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    Hello There,
    Thank you for reaching out to The National Runaway Safeline, and sharing your story with us. It sounds like you have gone through a lot over the years.
    Any type of abuse is never okay and you do not deserve to have to go through that. You can file a report by calling your local police department or by contacting Child Help at- 1800-422-4453. Also if you come home and she does kick you out that could be considered neglect because it is your guaridan’s responsibility to provide you with shelter until you are 18.
    If you would like us to look up shelter resources you can give us a call at any time and we can look up shelters for you.
    We hope this information will be helpful to you in your situation. If you have any more questions or would like to explore options please give us a call. We are here 24/7 to listen and provide support. We wish you the best of luck!
    NRS

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    Hey I’m 16 and I’m going to be 17 in December. I can’t lie I haven’t been the best child but it also wasn’t all on me. Ever since I could remember my grandma has always verbally abused me especially when she drank. Ever since about 7 I remember being told how she doesn’t want me and how she wished she put me in the system. But anyway recently I got in some trouble and now I only have about 3 months to leave her house but like I have no financial support and I don’t have a way to work so I can’t make the money I need to support myself because she won’t help me anymore and to top it off she’s bipolar so I don’t know if I have 3 months or 3 days she changes her mind so much it makes me paranoid because I never know when I’ll come home and my stuff is just on the curb I just don’t know what to do because I have no type of help getting to work so I can make the money I need to support myself any advice?

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  • ccsmod1
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    Hey there,

    Thanks so much for reaching out and sharing a little bit about what’s been going on, we know that it takes a lot of courage. It sounds like you are in a really stressful situation right now since your parents have threatened to kick you out. You mentioned that you are not interested in contacting CPS but if they do make you leave home it can be considered neglect and you do have the right to report it if you wish. If this is something you might be interested in, or something you'd like to learn more about, you can check out childhelp.org. You said that you feel like there is no way that you could ask your parents for forgiveness for whatever happened. It could be a good idea to work with a local family counselor or have a conversation mediated by a school counselor/social worker, church or religous official/member, trusted friend, or family member to help clear the air.

    If you’d like to go over what’s going on in depth, or if you’d like to explore other options that you may have available to you, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY. You can also chat us by clicking on the “CHAT” button on top of our homepage. We’re open 24/7 and here to listen and support you in any way we can.

    Stay safe,
    NRS

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    Both my parents have threatened to kick me out just last night and will definitely kick me out now when they find out what I’ve done. There’s no form of asking for forgiveness since this was my second chance. I’m 16 almost 17 in high school with no job. I want to be able to finish school without worrying I have to drop out. I have no friends or relatives near me to help me out and the ones I have are out of the state. I wish not to report this to cps or the police based on reasons of fear. The closest shelter to me is far away and near dangerous zones for me to commute alone. Originally I had planned to move out at 18 and never return but now my time has been cut short. I keep thinking there’s no difference in just starting now rather than 18 but I’m terrified I’ll end up homeless.

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  • ccsmod9
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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. We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time. We can best help by phone or chat as NRS is unable to respond more than twice by email or bulletin for assistance. If you would like to talk more in detail and share more about how we can help specifically, please call or chat soon.
    Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button).
    If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately.
    We hope to hear from you soon.
    Be safe, NRS

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    I'm 15 and I live in Texas my mom got mad at me on Sunday for wanting to give up city league basketball and so she took my phone and my T.V away. Today is Tuesday and she hasn't talked to me since Sunday, my dad came in while I was doing homework 30 minutes ago asking if I stole my mom's ID. I told him no and he didn't believe me. My mom calls me into the kitchen telling me that she will not play my "games" and that if she doesn't get it by tonight she will kick me out or she will put me into foster care and she will not bluff. I'm running out of time and I have no where to go. She then told my dad to take off my door and he did what he was told. I am the youngest and all of my sisters moved out a long time ago and they live either 12 hours away or in a different state. I have school tomorrow and I take the bus but for the best two days she has been making me walk to the bus stop and home from the bus stop. I'm scared and I'm miserable being in this house.

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  • ccsmod13
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    Hi there,
    We are glad you reached out to us for help! Home is supposed to be somewhere you feel safe and supported, and from what you mentioned that is not the case with your dad. It is not okay for him to threaten to kick you out and make you feel unsafe. It is really responsible of you to want to come up with a safety plan in case something does happen or you feel like you need to leave.

    If your dad kicks you out, the National Safe Place can help connect you with a youth shelter to stay at. All you have to do is text “safe” and your current address to 741741 for the nearest safe place.
    Parents have a legal obligation to make sure you have somewhere safe to live, and since your dad is not doing that then you have the right to report it. You can call the national child abuse hotline at 1-800-422-4453 for more information and help filing an abuse report.

    Please do not hesitate to call us at 1-800-786-2929 or chat with us at our website 1800runaway.org if you would like to talk more about your situation. We are here 24/7 if you need help.

    Stay safe,
    NRS

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    I am a 16 year old girl from brooklyn new york. Me and my dad are constently in and out of fights (both physical and verbal) and my mother lives over sea so theres nothing she can do. One time we got into a very bad fight and i ran away and slept on the trains for 2 days but ended up going back because i had nowhere else to go. He has then threatened numerous times to kick me out and im scared becase i feel like he will. The area i live in is very dangerouse and i dont no what to do. Im in the 10th grade going into 11th where can i go if he was to kick me out

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  • ccsmod13
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    Hello and thank you for reaching out to NRS!

    It sounds like you are going through a difficult time right now. Sometimes reaching out for help or someone to talk to can be the most difficult thing to do, but it shows a sense of maturity that many 16 year-olds may not possess yet. It isn’t easy when those we care most about don’t treat us the way we deserve to be treated or acknowledge that we may face different trials than they do. It sounds like you work very hard at being a good student and when that isn’t recognized it can be challenging. When we feel like we can’t speak to our family about what is troubling us, it may be a good idea to speak to someone who is involved with similar situations such as a school counselor, spiritual leader, or professional. These are just a few options that may benefit you, but ultimately the choice is yours and what you think the most appropriate direction would be.

    We are always available here at NRS at 1800runaway.org and 1-800-RUNAWAY.

    Take care,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    hi ive been going through some mood swings lately and i dont know if its beacuse im 16 and going through puberty but lately i justv wanted to be alone in my room not really speak to anyyone that much just sleep and i know thats not good but i cant help it , all my life i tried to do one thing ,and that is pleasing my mother . when i was in grade 4 i left school to go and memorise my holy book and this was my choice but slowly it beccame difficult and i stared doing this for my mother , my older brother has finnished his memmorization in 3 years and i was taking a bit longer so everyday my mother would say how im getting nowhwere with my life and why cant i be like my brother and i slowly driffted away from her , we use to be so close and now i cant even hug her without it being awkward , dont get me wrong she is a good person but she is also a perfectioness not just in her school work or her cleaning nut in me she want me to be perfect at everything and i cant take it anymore , i got a 88.8% on my papper last term and do you know waht she said , you must do better and yes i agree i could do better but a 16 yr old doesnt want to hear that , they want to hear "son im so proud of you" not once did she really look at me and say that to my face and when i finished my memorization my school had like a type of ceremony where they test you anywhere out of the holy book and you have to read it out of your head , now that wa stressful , so before the thing stared she told me "dont embarrass me and you daddy by making mistakes " and that broke me and it still brakes me uptill now im crying typing this . anyways so i now go to a arabic institute where im learning the language so she wanted to do it too , i didnt really like that idea but she applied anyway , so in class she gets all the questions right and thats because she is a realy clever women , so she expects me to be clever and good in every sinle thig that i do i cant take it . she always tells me and my siblings how in school everyone wanted to be her friend and all the boys wanted her , and i dont have friends nor are the girls chasing after me , so she thinks that life is easy , anyways ... i wasnt feeling myself theese past few days and i was spending most of my time in my room and silent and now she is threatening me to kick me out of the house there is a lot more to this story but i dont have the energy to type it out , i just need someone to be there for me and just listen , you know ?

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  • ccsmod15
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    Thank you so much for reaching out to us for help. This sounds like a very painful situation for both you and your sister. You both deserve to feel safe in your own home. You might want to reach out to other friends and family to see if there is anywhere your sister can go if you haven’t already. You can also try texting 44357 and say “SAFE” and your location and it will direct you to the nearest safe place for you to go. You can also go to their website at nationalsafeplace.org. If you give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY or use our online chat service, we can help you find a shelter or talk through other housing alternatives. We know staying in a shelter can be intimidating, so we can also help you find answers to any questions you might have. We’re sorry to hear that CPS hasn’t been helpful in the past. It might be helpful to find out when previous reports were filed and by who. Getting help from CPS can be challenging, but from what you shared about the abuse you’ve experienced it seems like this is a situation they should take seriously. We are here 24/7 and are ready to help you in any way that we can.
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