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  • ccsmod3
    commented on Guest's reply
    Thank you for reaching out to 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 you’re quite overwhelmed by things at home right now. 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 also can contact the National Suicide Prevention Line at 1800-273-8255. If you ever need someone to talk to you can contact NAMI at 1800-950-NAMI. Sometimes it helps to talk to a therapist, family or friends when you are in a crisis. If you would like to talk more in detail please chat soon through our website or call in at 1800-RUNAWAY. We unfortunately cannot give advice as we are non-directive. You know your situation best. We hope to hear from you soon.Be safe!
    Last edited by ccsmod3; 12-01-2019, 12:56 AM.

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    I’m ready to run away I’m 29 and would love to know my options I recently took off for 10 days and couldn’t make it however I’m in a very unsettle mind set and need a little help!!!

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  • ccsmod2
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    Hello,
    Thank you for reaching out to us during this difficult time. It sounds like you are looking for help paying for school and healthcare. https://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/ is a good resource if you are looking for housing, and several homeless shelters have programs for health care. If you are still in high school, the National Center for Homeless Educational Helpline at 1-800-308-2145 is another good resource for you to contact. Here at the National Runaway Safeline we are here for you 24/7.

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    What sort of services do you offer to help sort out a plan?
    Concerning the expenses part, in my current situation I'm not able to get employed due to traditional standards and such and I don't think my parents would be paying for my tuition and healthcare.
    I am willing to look into social service agencies, if there are any in the Northern California region.
    Thank you..

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  • ccsmod9
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    Since you are 18 you are more than likely considered a legal adult which means that you can move out if you want to and you won’t be considered a runaway. As a legal adult, you have a right to make your own decisions about where you live. We can help you make a plan for how to deal with your situation and help you find resources to land on your feet. Having a plan for where you will live and how you will survive once you move out can be very helpful. Moving can be a huge step, and you don’t have to be alone. Some steps you can take towards independence might be to find employment if you don’t have an income, or to save up money for moving expenses. It can also be helpful to research rents in your area, find a roommate, or make a budget. Another thing you might want to consider is what kinds of things you depend on your parents for currently such as tuition expenses for school, or health insurance, and whether they would continue to provide those things after you leave. There may be social service agencies in your area that can help meet some of these needs, such as Transitional Living Programs, a kind of shelter where young adults can live and get services to help them transition to independent living. We are here to listen and help however we can.

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    I'm sadly in the same situation except I'm 19 and my parents want me to get married to some man from Pakistan
    I've been researching ways to avoid this and maybe run away and stay at a nearby motel for a bit or something but it's hard since I'm in the middle of my college career. I just need to get away since my parents are very adamant when it comes to their tradition and culture and being queer is like spitting in their face...

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  • ccsmod3
    commented on Guest's reply
    Hi there,

    Thank you for reaching out to us at the National Runaway Safeline. It sounds like you are in a difficult situation, and we understand it takes courage to reach out for help. The National Runaway Safeline is located in the United States of America (USA). Our knowledge of helpful community based resources and our understanding of adults in crisis related laws is limited to the USA.

    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 you in your country.

    -NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    I need help to runaway am a jamaican female I am getting very suicidal and unhappy I cant sleep or eat I am sick in my stomach every day

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  • ccsmod5
    commented on Guest's reply
    Thank you for reaching out to us at the National Runaway Safeline. It sounds like you are in a difficult situation, and it must be so frustrating feeling like your family blames you for things that are not your fault. In our limited experience, it would seem that you are an adult and are free to leave your parents' home whenever you choose. You might consider staying with a friend or a family member, or a shelter if you are able. Beyond this, we are unfortunately limited in our ability to help. 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. If you are located in a country outside of the USA, you can use this link to find a youth helpline in or around your country: http://www.childhelplineinternationa...where-we-work/
    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.
    Last edited by ccsmod5; 03-06-2018, 04:47 PM.

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    Hi, I'm from England around Stratford-upon-Avon. I am planning on running away from home and have been wanting to since the start of high school, I'm currently 19, 20 in a few days. I can't stand my parents blaming me for my sister leaving, everything that goes wrong in their lives. They always bring up things I have done in the past and make me feel bad and not worthy of myself.

    I have tried my hardest to try and get along with my parents but I just can't do it anymore. I have no money, no car, no job, nowhere to stay .. I don't know what to do anymore

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  • ccsmod15
    commented on Guest's reply
    Hi,

    Thank you for reaching out to us at the National Runaway Safeline. It sounds like things are really difficult at home right now. Home should be a place where you feel safe and loved. We are here to help you explore your options.

    From what you’ve shared it sounds like your parents have put you in a tough situation regarding your future. You have done a really good job of brainstorming some of your options and ways that you can take care of yourself on your own.

    While we are not legal experts, generally speaking since you are considered a legal adult, you have the right to leave home. You mentioned shelters and we can help you look up shelters and transitional living arrangements- places that help you find a job and build life skills with the goal of you moving out of the home eventually to live on your own. If you contact us directly via chat, email or by calling, we can look up some of those shelters and homes.

    In regards to if you can stay in a shelter outside of your state or county, yes you can. Shelters exist to take people in who are at risk of being homeless or in a dangerous situations. It doesn’t matter where you originally came from. If you’re interested in staying at a shelter you can either call them beforehand or show up in person to see if they have space for you. Sometimes they can also help refer you to other shelters in their area. Also, larger cities tend to have more options if you are considering looking outside of the area your family is in.

    Another option could be to see if your college has any housing options for you, in a secure location that your parents would not be able to find out about. You are very responsible for thinking about your future and how you can go about working and finish college. You have many options available to you.

    If you would like further help exploring any of these options or others in more detail, please feel free to reach out to us directly by calling us at 1-800- RUNAWAY or chatting with us live on our website at www.1800.runaway.org. We look forward to hearing from you.

    Take care,
    NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    I know this post was a few years ago, but I’m going through the same problem right now. My parents want to take me back to Iraq and expect me to get married. I want to finish off college and have an opportunity to live the life I want here in America. I was raised here and now that I’m older (20) they want me to go back. I gained a lot of information from reading these posts about staying at a shelter while I start working and eventually find a place of my own. My only problem is I can’t run away and stay in the same area, as my family will try to locate me. Am I eligible to stay in a shelter outside my state or county? Somewhere safe for me and away from my family.

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  • ccsmod3
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    Re: Reply to Adult run away

    Hello there,

    It sounds like you have an idea of what this young person went through. It looks like this posting was from 2010, but we appreciate your kind words. There is also the Arab-American & Chaldean Council (http://www.myacc.org/) which we found in our referral database. It looks like they offer a variety of services and they are based in the Detroit metro area. They might be a resource for you if you are considering helping other young people at risk of going back to the Middle East without wanting to. Thanks again for your interest in our bulletin boards.

    -NRS

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  • Unregistered
    Guest replied
    I'll help adult runaway

    To the 18 year old whose family is going back to the middle east, I might be able to help you. I'm a 48 year old woman who came from the middle east back in the '70s. I understand the culture and what you are struggling with. I'm In Ohio and Will consider learning more to see if it's appropriate for me to help. I'm a safe person, no criminal record or anything. I have to adult kids in their 20s and I'm divorced.

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  • ccsmod0
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    Re: Adult run away

    Hi,
    You are very welcome and we hope that helps. Good luck again and call us anytime at 1800-RUNAWAY. Take care.

    NRS

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