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  • Can I run to my dad if I see my mum is not nice and is dangerous


    • ccsmod4
      ccsmod4 commented
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      Thank you for writing to us here at the National Runaway Safeline.

      We understand it takes great courage to reach out, and we appreciate you sharing a little bit about what’s going on. You might consider speaking with your dad about your situation as any circumstances that puts you at risk might be more of a legal issue about custody in regards to where you would be safest.

      You did a very brave thing by reaching out today. Good for you.

      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); (click on the chat button).
      If you are at risk or in danger, please reach out to emergency services by contacting 9-1-1

      Be safe and take care,

  • i want to live with my dad but i cant tell my mother because if i even say something about him she gets mother is crazy. when i say crazy i mean crazy she left me at my aunts house for two weeks and i was about seven or eight. i dont know why. when my sister and brother used to live with her she used to hit them and i feel that she might do the same to me. she has hit me before, i just feel unsafe with her. i called my dad last night and he said that we will do somnething but he also said that when he asks me if my mother treats me well i say yes because if i do say something i feel like i might die.


    • ccsmod9
      ccsmod9 commented
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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 you’re quite overwhelmed by things at home right now and you mentioned being harmed. It also sounds like past family members have also been harmed. We’re sorry you’re going through this. You don't deserve to be hurt in any way. 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. Through this organization you might be able to stay with your dad since there is physical abuse.
      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,

  • Hi my name is amikayla and I'm ten years old I really hate my mom and stepfather I want to go live with my dad he treats me like royalty how can I tell my mom I wanna go live with my dad? She knows I'm always sad because I never see my dad and the way she treats me, she always pays attention to my two brothers and my stepdad it's not fair I guess she thinks it's fair, I always try to runaway but I always think how it will effect my life and my besties feelings also my crush I always wish will my misery will end and can I die already I just wanna be with my DAD


    • ccsmod7
      ccsmod7 commented
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      Hello there, thank you so much for reaching out to us. We are sorry to hear about your situation, it is understandable that you would want to live with your dad. Sometimes it can be hard to bring up touchy subjects to parents. What you’re going through is tough since you are thoughtful towards the feelings of your friends and others in your life. We want to provide support to you in any way that we can.

      In terms of you wondering how to tell your mom that you want to go live with your dad, we may have some ideas that could help. Although it is not illegal to run away, it is possible that your dad could get in trouble if he doesn’t have any custody over you and if your mom is not okay with it and decided to file a police report. If she did file a police report, the police could force you to return home and your father could potentially get in trouble for harboring a runaway, which are just some things to consider. Have you considered maybe writing a letter for your mom to read? Sometimes letters can be helpful for expressing your thoughts and feelings in a soft way. We would also like to mention that we offer conference calls here at NRS, which are basically three-way-calls that can allow you to speak to your mom over the phone with someone in the middle of the call to make sure the conversation stays on track and respectful. Our number here at NRS is 1-800-786-2929, and we are available to talk or chat 24/7. You mentioned that you have tried to run away before, which is totally understandable. If you ever find yourself in a situation where you are thinking about running away or have already runaway, please feel free to call us if you need to devise a plan, find shelters in your area or other resources, or if you just want to talk and need some support or guidance. We are completely confidential here at National Runaway Safeline, so anything you tell us may be kept private.

      Again, we’re really glad that you decided to reach out to us. It takes a lot to ask for help and you are trying to figure out your options which is really good to see. Although we are not legal experts here at NRS, if you would like to talk further about your situation or if you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to call or chat with us.

      We’re here to listen, here to help.

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