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  • #31
    I am 15 and want to run away with my girlfriend because we both have bad living situations I want us to go to a homeless shelter but I don’t know what kind of paper work they ask for and don’t want to get sent back home. What paperwork do we need?

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    • ccsmod15
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      Hi.
      Thank you for reaching out to us. It’s great that you’re thinking of how you can help not only yourself but your girlfriend as well. And we’re sorry to hear you’re both having difficult times at home.

      Running away can be hard and it can be helpful to think about where you might stay and how you might pay for food, rent and other living expenses.
      Going to a homeless shelter is typically a short-term solution and many shelters require contact with parents if you’re under 18. While we are not legal experts speaking generally if you are to leave home without your parents permission the police can bring you back home and whoever you stay with could be charged with harboring a runaway. Before looking into the shelter process, you may have other options we’d be happy to discuss with you. You could give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY or chat with us at 1800runaway.org so we can talk more about what’s going on. Depending on where you live and what’s going on at home we can discuss available options.
      We’re here to support you 24/7 with whatever decision you make so you feel safe and feel like you have a plan to create a better situation.

      Best
      -NRS

  • #32
    Hi I'm trying to find out information. I have a close friend she's 15 and she has a child, she's also a foster child. She left from her home because she was getting abused and her foster mom wasn't buying her anything no food and no cloths. What should I tell her? Do you have shelters for teenage mothers?

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    • ccsmod7
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      Hi, thank you so much for reaching out.

      It sounds like your friend is going through a really tough time right now and its really great she has someone like you looking out for her. You can always pass along our number to your friend and we would also be happy to explore shelter options with you as well. There are shelters for parenting teens, but there is no guarantee that there will be such a shelter in your friend's area. We would be happy to look up resources and referrals for your friend at anytime.

      We're available 24/7 at 1800RUNAWAY.

  • #33
    Um hi im 14 years old and from new jersey and I have no idea where to go if i do run away from home

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    • ccsmod3
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      Hi,
      We’re glad you’ve reached out, we’re here to listen and here to help. You said you don’t know where to go if you run away, but we’d like to know more about what’s going on that you might want to run away. Your safety and wellbeing is important, and we want to make sure you’re in a safe space. If you wanted to talk to someone live about what’s going on we’re here 24/7 at 1-800-RUNAWAY. We also have an online chat option if you’d rather talk that way: www.1800runaway.org.

  • #34
    Hi I'm 16 and I quit school for multiple reasons but I plan on getting my GED. Well my parents are divorced and my dad just kicked me out, and my mother is currently homeless but staying with friends now and then we'll she decided she doesnt want anything to do with me and I have no relatives that will allow me to stay with them I'm from Idaho and i dont know what to do at this point.

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    • ccsmod3
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      Hi there,

      Thanks for reaching out to National Runaway Safeline and sharing a little bit about what is going. It takes a lot of courage to reach out and especially in a time where you have a really tough and complex situation. One of our main goals is to make sure you are safe, so if you need shelter, resources, or a safe place to go you can find safe locations at nationalsafeplace.org or reach out to us directly and we can find local resources in your area.

      If you call in to 1-800-RUNAWAY we could can discuss more in detail how we can best support you through this situation. Stay strong! You are not alone in this and we are here 24/7.

      -NRS

  • #35
    I am 17 years old and my mom kicked me out and than moved and I don't know where she is and I think I am pragnat and cant get medical care with out an ID and I cant get an ID with out my parents what do I do

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    • ccsmod9
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      Hello, thanks for reaching out to NRS we are sorry to hear about your situation. It might be a good idea to speak with hospital staff or even calling the local non-emergency number to get some answers from as they pertain to legal documentation because we are not legal aid. We hope you are able to find the solution to your problem as quickly as possible

  • #36
    I'm about to be 18 on Feb. 23rd. I don't have an identification. when i turn 18 can i leave the house and live in a homeless shelter

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    • ccsmod7
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      Hi there, thanks for reaching out today with this question. It is smart of you to plan things out.

      Generally, there are different rules for youth and adult shelters. We are happy to talk through them, please keep in mind that each shelter has different protocols and procedures. Youth shelters are for youth 12-17 and they do not usually require documentation. Adult shelters are 18+ and usually do require some sort of documentation. To look for local adult resources you can always call 2-1-1 to see what is in your area. There are also transitional living programs (TLPs) or longer stay shelters to help older youth get on their feet. TLPs are usually for folks between the age of 18-21, however some programs can help people between 16-24. It helps to have your ID, but it is not usually a requirement. If you would like us to look up local transitional living programs or youth shelters please do not hesitate to call or chat us. We are always here for you: 1-800-RUNAWAY; www.1800runaway.org.

      We look forward to hearing from you and we wish you the best,

      NRS
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