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  • #46
    I have been thinking of running away because I have messed up really dab quite a few times and my parents do not like me at all. They send me outside AII the time and say that they can not deal with me. So I want to run away to help my family and me but I want to do it without them knowing and I want to still go to school but I can not go to physical school because its closed but I have looked at free online school and I think it might work. I want to know that I can do school because I want to get a job when I am 18 so please help.

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    • #47
      Hi I want to run away but I still want ti do sone sort of online schooling any thing I can do.

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      • #48
        Hi there and thanks for reaching out on our forum! It sounds like you are seriously considering running away due to a number of things including not feeling like your parents like you. We can only imagine how that feels, especially with so many states still following "shelter in place." We would be happy to explore your options with you and can also provide some information about attending school as an unaccompanied minor (which can include runaways.) There is something called The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act can help youth who fall under a federal definition of homelessness which in some cases includes youth who have run away and are now living without a parent/guardian. More information can be found here: https://nche.ed.gov/mckinney-vento/ and they also have a section on COVID-19.

        To continue a discussion with us, please visit our Live Chat link so we can talk one-on-one here: https://na0messaging.icarol.com/Cons...d=254&cc=en-US. Best of luck!

        -NRS
        Last edited by ccsmod3; 05-15-2020, 07:37 PM.
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        • #49
          I doubt anybody is going to reply to this but i’ve been stuck on this for a while. I’ve been planning on running away for a while now, one of my best mates offered for me to stay with them in a different city once i actually run away, i was wondering if i was able to enrol in a school there without a guardian applying? I’m still pretty young and i don’t want to lose my chances at a proper education. The people i’ll be staying with are a lot better than my actual guardians and i was wondering if it’s possible to transfer schools without my guardians consent.
          I know you guys won’t have the actual answers, but even just a link to some information would be extremely helpful. Anything is helpful at this point.

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          • ccsmod13
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            Hi there,

            Thank you for taking the time to contact us here at NRS and we appreciate you sharing a bit about your situation. Reaching out for help was a great first step to getting the support you may need. Having a solid plan for leaving is definitely important to make sure you can stay as safe as possible.

            Generally, you do need a guardian to enroll in school, but there can be exceptions to this. You do have a right to an education even if you are not living at home or if you are experiencing homelessness. Your right to an education is protected through a law called the McKinney-Vento Act. You can go to the website for the National Center for Homeless Education (www.nche.ed.gov) to find the McKinney-Vento Liason for your school district. This person would be able to give you more information about enrolling in school without a guardian and any issues you may run into.

            We hope this information helps! We truly want to be a support for you during this challenging time. If you want to talk more about your situation and brainstorm some possible options, we are here 24/7 to listen and help as much as possible. You can contact us directly by phone at 1-800-786-2929 or through live chat at 1800runaway.org.

            Good luck and stay safe,
            NRS

        • #50
          I'm in foster care, and I don't wanna be here I want to run away but I'm a honor student and I wanna still go to school.

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          • ccsmod15
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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).Another option would be to reach out to your caseworker to see how they can help. Or you can call us and we can reach out to them if you'd like. It's totally up to you. We are here 24/7 and are confidential.

            By law, you do have a right to schooling and an education, even if you were to somehow find yourself homeless. However, usually a school will want to have guardian or home information for you, so running away and still going to school is at the least bit somewhat complicated. If you chat or call us we can talk more about the situation.

            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
            Last edited by ccsmod15; 07-24-2020, 03:35 PM.

        • #51
          Can I run away from my home and go to a friends house and stay there? I don't want to stay at home but I will miss my sisters so what do I do, I don't have a phone because I got it taken up, things are pretty hard for me right now and my mom doesn't understand me at all and we were close but things are so bad between us right now and she wont let me talk to her or anything. I have been wanting to run away for a long time now, but I don't want to miss out on my little sisters lives, I'm not able to hang out with friends or anyone right now because i got in trouble. Please help me, I don't know what to do anymore, I'm 14 years old I live in Texas.
          Last edited by ccsmod4; 08-12-2020, 12:23 AM.

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          • ccsmod4
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            Hi,
            Thanks for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline.

            It sounds like you are in a tough situation and may be looking for some options to help cope with everything that has been going on. It seems like the relationship with your mother has been strained due to past and current issues.

            If you were to leave home without permission from your mother she might decide to call the police and make a runaway report. If found by the police you most likely would be returned home. Also anyone found to have aided or harbor you could face legal charges.

            The situation sounds very frustrating for you. We’re glad you reached out. It is also important that you remember to exercise self- care.
            It is times like these that it might be a nice comfort to have a listening ear.
            NRS is here to listen and here to help.
            We would be glad to speak with you about strategies or options that might help you to cope better with your situation.
            We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time. Sometimes having a space to vent and explore options may often bring out a solution previously not thought of.

            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 about your situation and 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).

            You did a wonderful job reaching out today. Good for you.
            We look forward to hearing from you.


            Take care,
            NRS

        • #52
          I really wanna runaway because my mom and dad hit and scream in my face. And i have nowhere too go please help

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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. 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: https://www.childhelplineinternation...pline-network/.

            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

        • #53
          my name is Victoria. I'm a 15 year old freshman in NC. My parents are divorced. I have siblings that I love very much and a little brother on the way (my dads kid). I want to run away because I can't breathe. I feel like I can only breathe this polluted, dirty, choking air that my parents make me breathe instead of blocking it out and letting me breathe the rich fresh air i need. I am only aloud to dress in conservative clothes (I'm more of a punk,rock,goth, witchy kinda style girl), i can only draw things that are "appropriate" in today's society for a "young lady", i'm not aloud to say certain words, i can't play my music on speakers or have the volume turned up to where they can here it because it's "disturbing" and once again "unlady-like". The one thing I can do is schoolwork. And my schoolwork dictates everything; how i can dress, how i can act, what i can have, who i can see, what i can do. I'm suffocating. My dad keeps yelling at me and taking away my stuff when my grades start to drop because he wants to "motivate me" into doing things that don't need to be done right that second. i know other kids have it worse and im grateful to be living i such a nice house but, he's been emotionally abusing me and manipulating me into doing what he wants. i still want to go to school of course because without it i wouldnt be able to get my dream job. I'm good at doing my work and turning it in hes just so angry all the time. twisting my words making me feel worthless. im done. im running away. all i need is shelter with free wifi for schoolwork, a job, food and water, and a ride so i can get to school.
          Last edited by ccsmod0; 09-21-2020, 12:06 AM.

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          • ccsmod0
            ccsmod0 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 seems there is a lot that you are faced with right now and you’re feeling like leaving is one of your only options. It seems you want to know some information on runaway laws.
            While we are not experts on the law, 18 is generally the age that an individual may leave home without parent permission. If you are under 18 and leave home, your parent/guardian may file you as a runaway and you may be returned home. Also, those you stay with may run the risk of being charged with harboring a runaway. For more specifics on the law, the local non-emergency police or legal aid may better answer legal questions.
            The easiest way to leave home is with your parents' permission. We understand that might be challenging, however, maybe there’s another family member, relative, or a family friend who could help to communicate how you’re feeling to your parents. The second way is through Child Protective Services if safety is a concern. Lastly, you can also look into emancipation options. In most states you need to be at least 16 to be considered and demonstrate that you can support yourself financially and independently. Emancipation often can be a lengthy process and may even cost some money for court fees. We would be happy to look into legal resources if that’s something you are considering.
            We are here as support to help through this challenging time. We can best help by phone or chat as NRS is unable to respond more than twice by email to assist you. If you would like to talk more in detail please call or chat soon.
            Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button). If you would like to look into further emotional support options, you can text with a crisis worker at the National Alliance on Mental Illness 24/7 by texting "NAMI" to 741741.
            If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately.
            Be safe,
            NRS
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