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  • ccsmod15
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    Hello,

    Thank you so much for reaching out to us. We’re so sorry to hear that your friend is in such a difficult place at home with her parents. It sounds like you and your family are a great source of support for your friend, and you have some questions about how to continue supporting her to stay safe. It is never ok for anyone to make your friend feel unsafe, and we hope that she is currently in a safe place.

    If you suspect your friend is being neglected or abused, organizations like Child Help, available by phone at 1-800-422-4453, or at www.childhelp.org , can help you, your parents, or your friend, file an abuse report with your local child abuse agency. If your friend leaves home without her parent’s consent, they can report her as a runaway with their local police station. We’re not legal experts, but from what we know, it’s technically not illegal to run away, but it is considered a status offense in some states. While it may not be illegal for you to run away, anyone that houses a runaway minor may be charged with harboring a runaway or aiding and abetting a minor. It may help you or your family to reach out to your friend’s local police department for more information on how that might work. We encourage you, your friend, or your family, to feel free to give us a call if you need help reaching out to any of these agencies, or if you just need to talk to someone.

    Please know that we are here for you. We can’t tell you what to do, but we will do our best to help you and your friend stay as safe as possible as you explore your options. You can reach us 24/7 by phone at 1.800.RUNAWAY (786.2929) or by chat at our website https://www.1800runaway.org/ . We’re here to listen, here to help. Stay safe!

    -NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    My friend is 12 and wants to run away due to possible neglect and or abuse. She wants to stay at my place for awhile (I’m 14) and I’m not sure if me or my mom would get into serious trouble if we tried to help her. I’m also not sure if her parents would get in trouble due to them being the reason she possibly runs away. I want to contact a counselor for her but I’m not sure what to do to help.

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  • ccsmod15
    commented on Guest's reply
    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 your girlfriend is faced with right now and you’re wanting to find a way to help them as they mentioned wanting to run away. It’s great that your friend has support and concern from you especially since this time is quite difficult for them.
    Generally if they were to leave and stay with you instead of at home they would be considered a runaway even if they are leaving a bad home situation. Without CPS/DCFS getting involved or getting parent permission for them to stay there your girlfriend could be reported as a runaway. This is a status offence so they would mostly be at risk of police bringing them back home. You and your family however might be at risk of a harboring a runaway charge. We aren’t legal experts but often as long as you don’t try to hid them from police and your home is safe the risk goes down quite a bit.
    Having a space to vent and explore options may often bring out a solution previously not thought of. We are here as support to help you and your friend through this challenging time. We can best help by phone or chat. 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).
    We’re here to listen and to help and hope you or your friend can reach out soon.
    Take care,
    NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    my girlfriend wants to run away she does not feel okay in her own home she is 15 I live in the state of New York I was wondering what would be the consequences of letting her stay at my house because in her own house she feels as if she is going mentally insane and is suffering from depression and very bad anxiety?

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  • ccsmod0
    commented on Guest's reply
    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 your friend is faced with right now and you’re wanting to find a way to help them as they mentioned wanting to run away. It’s great that your friend has support and concern from you especially since this time is quite difficult for them.
    Having a space to vent and explore options may often bring out a solution previously not thought of. We are here as support to help you and your friend through this challenging time. We can best help by phone or chat. 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).
    We’re here to listen and to help and hope you or your friend can reach out soon.
    Take care,
    NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    My friend wants to run away

    My friend is 13 and she wants to leave because of an abusive household. Her mother has been mentally abusing her for a while. Insulting her appearance, shaming her for not knowing certain things, comparing her to other kids, degrade her, insulting her aspirations in life. Once my friend tries to address this, her mom tries to manipulate her into thinking that she really cares. Because of this, she has been thinking of running away. Recently, her mother has hit her 4 times (some on the face I believe), leaving bruises. She also allowed my friend's older brother to put his hands on her. Once she told our friend group (full of more teens, including me), we've all been trying to figure out how to get her out safely without commuting any crimes. We're trying her get her to stay with me and my parents, but we don't want to get in any trouble. Is there any way to do this? We live in Louisiana

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  • ccsmod3
    commented on Guest's reply
    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 your friend is faced with right now and you’re wanting to find a way to help them as they mentioned wanting to run away. It’s great that your friend has support and concern from you especially since this time is quite difficult for them.
    Having a space to vent and explore options may often bring out a solution previously not thought of. We are here as support to help you and your friend through this challenging time. We can best help by phone or chat. 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).
    We’re here to listen and to help and hope you or your friend can reach out soon. Best of luck!

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    If my friend is 16 and he runs away From a group home because he was getting beat up from the kids can I has a 16-year-old take him in and not get into trouble even though I call 911

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  • ccsmod13
    commented on Guest's reply
    Hi there,

    Thank you for taking the time to write us here at NRS and we appreciate you sharing a bit about your situation. It sounds like not being allowed to spend time with your friends or use your devices has left you feeling like you need some time away from home. Not being able to connect with friends can be really difficult and sometimes feel lonely.

    We will do our best to share information to answer your questions. We are not quite sure what you mean when mentioned being detained, but we can tell you what could happen if you were to leave. If you run away or leave home without permission, your parents can report you as a runaway to the police. This is not something you would get into legal trouble for, but it does mean that police would take you back home. Whoever you stay with is at risk of being charged with harboring a runaway if they do not notify your parents that you are there.

    Unfortunately, going to a foster home is not that easy. If there is abuse or neglect going on at home and your safety is a concern, you can make a report to child protective services. This does not mean you would be removed from your parents' custody right away unless you are in danger at home. If there are concerns for your safety or well-being, CPS will likely try to provide support to help you and your parents create a healthier environment for you at home.

    We want to talk more in-detail with you about what is going on at home, so that we can help you brainstorm all of your possible options. Perhaps there are ways for you to get more support at home or to communicate your needs to your parents. You can contact us directly for immediate support at 1-800-786-2929 or through live chat at 1800runaway.org.

    Stay safe,
    NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    help me answer quick
    hi im 12 and want to run away to my friends house for exactly one day i am spoiled and have the best life and best parents but im not allowed to go to friends houses and i havent had my devices in 5 months and im planning to write a note to my parents that i ran away and will come back in one day and i plan to be detained too can my friends and her mom go to jail and can i go to a foster home once i get detained

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  • ccsmod15
    replied
    Thanks for reaching out to us at the National Runaway Safeline. You made a great first step to finding the help that you may need. It sounds like you are going through a lot and the people around you are not being supportive. You deserve to be treated with respect, to experience acceptance and to feel safe.

    We want you to know that you are strong for having gone through so much already. It is perfectly okay to deviate from what others or the common population believe to be “normal”. You’re bravery and resilience is so admirable. You are so strong for having gone through so much without having the acceptance that you do deserve for just being you. Remember that you are not alone. If you ever want to talk more about what you are experiencing or get additional support we are here 24/7 at 1800-RUNAWAY or our live chat service. The GLBT National Hotline at 1888-843-4564 is another option to gain great support from those that are familiar with the issues and experiences of those that are also a part of the LGBTQ community. You can access their website link bellow to utilize all the other possibly useful resources they have to offer: http://www.glbthotline.org/

    You mentioned that you were considering the options that may be best for you. By all means, if you do fear for your safety either now or in the future, do not hesitate to take the necessary steps to regain your safety. This may mean calling the authorities or possibly reporting the things you may be experiencing. Other options to think about may be other family members, friends, or a trusted adults that would be able to provide you with support or a safe place to stay. It is great that you thinking ahead. Should you feel like leaving home is best, it may be a good idea to think about how you will provide necessities for yourself such as food, clothing, showers, healthcare and other basic needs. You may want to also consider how your parent’s will react to you leaving without permission. We are not legal experts here, but typically as a minor (under the age of 1 you need permission from your parents to leave home. It is not illegal to runaway, but it would mean that your parents could file a runaway report with the police. This is usually done in an effort to try to return you home as the police are required to do so.

    If you can give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY or reach out through Live Chat we can try to find some youth shelters that may be near your city and state by utilizing our database of resources. We can also try to call out to shelters with you or on your behalf to advocate for you.

    Stay Strong,
    NRS

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  • Guest
    Guest replied
    im a 12 year old turning 13 this year and want to come out as transgender after 4 years of being in the closet, as i am preparing for the worst ( being kicked out,running away, ect.) i know that if i stay at a friends house they could get in legal trouble for harboring a minor runaway without my parents consent, but i dont think i have any homeless shelters near me. i am also taking into consideration when schooling starts back up what will i do. im trying to do as much re-search bc i dont know how they will react, any tips on what to do if things go south and i wanna / need to get out? ( im in Massachusetts)

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  • ccsmod15
    replied
    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. It sounds like you’re fearing that the situation may end in suicide if things don’t change. Your safety and well-being is important. If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255); www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org is also a great resource to reach out to in addition to our crisis services.
    Often, having a safe space to share how you’re feeling may bring a variety of solutions previously not thought of. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. This may be an isolating and lonely time for you, but 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 call or chat soon. Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button).
    We hope to hear from you soon.
    Be safe and stay strong,
    NRS

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  • Guest
    Guest replied
    I wanna run from home, my mom has health issues and is trying her best to help me. I want to either commit suicide or run from home. I really want to so she doesn't remember me.

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  • ccsmod2
    commented on Guest's reply
    Hello There,
    Thank you for reaching out to The National Runaway Safeline, we are here to here to help and here to listen. It sounds like you are going through a really difficult time, and we want you to know that you are not alone we are here for you
    We are sorry to hear that you are having many issues at home. We know that you mentioned sometimes you experience physical abuse; you do have the right to make a report. If you would like to make a report you can contact Child Help at: 1800-422-4453. You can also chat or call us and we can help you with filing an abuse report. We are available 24/7. Also you might want to consider talking to a counselor about what you are experiencing, and they may be able to provide you with resources and options.
    We know you mentioned leaving home we are not legal experts but do have some information on the laws. If you were to leave home without permission your legal guardian does have the right to file a runaway report. If the police were to find you they most likely would bring you back home. Also whoever you were to stay with could potentially get in trouble for harboring a runaway.
    We hope that this information will be helpful to you in your situation. If you have any other questions or would like to explore more options, please give us a call. We are here 24/7 to listen and to provide you with support. Best of luck!
    NRS
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