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  • #91
    Hi I’m a 17 year old female and I’ll be 18 in two or three months I would like to go in a shelter. I kinda forced my sister into the shelter when I called the cops on her boyfriend but I was scared and I wanted to get away so I ran away and she promised me it would be okay but now that we’re here everything is a problem and it’s my fault we’re here. She makes it seem like I’m the bad person when I haven’t done anything to her.

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    • ccsmod3
      ccsmod3 commented
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      Hi there, and thanks for contacting NRS. We know that it can take a lot of courage to reach out for support, and we're glad you took that step. In reading over your post, we don't have a super clear understanding of what's going on or how we can help, but we'd like to! If you're open to it, you can reach out to us directly by calling 1-800-RUNAWAY or by chatting with us live at www.1800runaway.org. This will allow us to develop a better understanding of your situation and help us decide on the best ways that we can support you. It also gives you the opportunity to vent, be heard, discuss some of your options, and be connected with resources/referrals in your community (if that's something you'd like).

      We hope to hear from you!

      NRS

  • #92
    So, I'm 14 and I'm very curious if I would be able to help out around in a homeless shelter? I have talked to my mom about this but she said she'd look into it. I've always wanted to help out the homeless it makes me very upset to see them on the streets helpless. I once gave this family of 5 my birthday money when I was 12 I gave them about $120 so they could at least get some food, drinks, and or maybe even a small hotel for the night.

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    • ccsmod15
      ccsmod15 commented
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      First of all, thank you so much for reaching out today. It is so kind that you are interested in helping out around a homeless shelter and that you are looking to help others.
      One resource we recommend is homelessshelterdirectory.org. You can type in your city and state and it will give you a list of homeless shelters in the area. Calling those places or looking on their websites to see if they accept volunteers would be a great first step!
      Best of luck and thank you for caring so deeply about this!
      NRS

  • #93
    Hello, I’m 12 and I’m bieng verbally and emotionally abused,my mom is very manipulative and always blames everything on me. I’m African American and i live in Atlanta. I need help but I’m scared of my moms anger issues- please help me

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    • ccsmod15
      ccsmod15 commented
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      Hello,

      You mentioned some things that raise concern for your safety and well-being. If any harm or abuse is happening at home, you have the right to report it. We are not experts on the issue, but generally once it's been reported, social services will either decide whether or not to take the case and further investigate. If they do take the case, they will send out someone from child protective services to do an investigation (interviewing people in the household) and from there they will decide the level of danger within the household. It generally ranges from no danger (the youth stays in the home, some services are given, and the case is closed), moderate danger (they will provide family services with possible temporary displacement) and high danger (they will remove the youth from the home and offer certain services).

      If you feel like this is an option you want to explore, you may find this website helpful: https://www.childhelp.org/child-abuse/. You can also call them at 800-422-4453. We can also help you to file a report if that’s the route you are considering. You can call us at 1800-RUNAWAY or chat with us via our live chat at www.1800RUNAWAY.org.

      Please be safe and reach out soon by phone or chat so that we may help.
      Take care,
      NRS

  • #94
    My nephew is homeless because his mother doesn't want him back. His dad is MIA or doesn't want to deal with it. I myself is not in a position to take him in. But I talk to him regularly. I don't want him to be homeless anymore. What should I do?

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    • ccsmod3
      ccsmod3 commented
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      Hey there. Thanks for contacting us here at NRS. We know that it can be difficult to see someone we care about having a tough time, and we commend you for trying to determine the best ways to offer support.

      Assuming your nephew is a minor, a report should be filed with your local Child Protective Services agency (CPS) based on neglect. Because it is his parents' legal responsibility to take care of him and/or make sure his basic needs are being met, including shelter, mom not wanting him back (thus causing him to be homeless) is not an option. By filing a report with CPS, a case worker will investigate the situation and find a safe place for your nephew to go.

      In order to file a report with CPS, you can visit the local agency's website by searching the state and "filing an abuse report in ____". The website will give you detailed instructions on how to do so, but it's important to file this sort of report by phone (as opposed to online) so that they can respond immediately.

      If you have any other questions or want to learn more about what filing a report might look like, please feel free to reach out to us directly by calling 1-800-RUNAWAY or by chatting with us live at www.1800runaway.org. We're available 24/7 and are always happy to listen, and to help.

      Take care.

      NRS

  • #95
    Hi, I'm from Virginia and I'm 15. My dad has been emotionally and physically abusive almost my whole life and my siblings and my mom know about it. My mother doesn't see everything he does but when I try to tell her about him she refuses to believe its true and is in denial. I know my mother does not love my father but I don't know why she continues to stay with him. I want to runaway but I'm not sure if homeless shelters would take me in without a guardian's consent. I'm planning on running away sometime next week if things don't get better at home. I don't want to report my 'father' to the police because I don't want anything bad to happen to my sibling's or my mother and I would hate if I was separated from them. I don't know how much longer I can survive living like this and I'm not sure what to do.

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    • ccsmod2
      ccsmod2 commented
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      Hello There,

      Thank you so much for reaching out to The National Runaway Safeline, we are here to help and here to listen. It sounds like you are going through a really difficult time right now and we want you to know that you are not alone.

      You do not deserve to be abused in any type of way and we are sorry you are going through that. We know you mentioned you do not want to report in fear of your family being separated. That does not happen in all cases, child protective services may offer counseling or parenting classes. If you ever do wish to report you can contact us or Child Help at 1800-422-4453.

      As far as running away, we are not legal experts but we do have some information. If you were to leave home without permission your legal guardian could file a runaway report, and it is possible for you to be brought back home. Also you are right a lot of shelters would require parental permission. It may be a good idea to ask if you can stay with any friends or family members if you are planning explorddon leaving.

      We hope that this information will be helpful to you in your situation. If you have any more questions or would like to explore more options, please give us a call. We are available 24/7 to listen and to provide support. We wish you the best of luck!

      NRS

  • #96
    Hello, i am a 14 year old from North Carolina and I'm thinking abt running away bc i feel unwanted and emotionally abused from where I live. I have a dog but don't want to give her up and i don't know of any places here who would accept me underage and with a dog.

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    • ccsmod15
      ccsmod15 commented
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      Hello,

      You mentioned some things that raise concern for your safety and well-being. If any harm or abuse is happening at home, you have the right to report it. We are not experts on the issue, but generally once it's been reported, social services will either decide whether or not to take the case and further investigate. If they do take the case, they will send out someone from child protective services to do an investigation (interviewing people in the household) and from there they will decide the level of danger within the household. It generally ranges from no danger (the youth stays in the home, some services are given, and the case is closed), moderate danger (they will provide family services with possible temporary displacement) and high danger (they will remove the youth from the home and offer certain services). If you feel like this is an option you want to explore, you may find this website helpful: https://www.childhelp.org/child-abuse/or you can call them at 1800-422-4453. We can also help you to file a report if that’s the route you are considering.

      Please be safe and reach out soon by phone or chat so that we may help.
      Take care,
      NRS

  • #97
    I’m 16 turning 17 in September. I live in Tennessee and on the border of both Kentucky and Virginia. I can’t stand to live with my parents anymore. I’ve been suicidal for years but I decided to runaway instead of dying. Where can I go where my parents won’t find me? Will they call my parents or get the police involved? I just don’t want to be at home anymore.

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    • ccsmod13
      ccsmod13 commented
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      Hi there,

      Thank you for taking the time to reach out to us here at NRS and we appreciate you sharing a 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. Here at NRS, we are not legal experts and we cannot necessarily give tips for how to not be found. Every situation is a little different and you would know best what you feel most comfortable with and how your parents might respond to your actions. We can provide some information about possible outcomes and help you explore your options.

      18 is usually the age you are able to leave home without permission from your parents. If you leave home as a minor, they do have the option to report you as a runaway to the police. Running away is not illegal, and you would not be arrested. However, running away is usually considered a status offense which means your parents can ask that police return you home if you are found. In most cases police do not actively search for a runaway, so the outcome of runway reports can depend heavily on what steps your parents take. While police may not actively track you or search for you, they will follow up on any information your parents give them. Police might contact people you could be with or check in on places where your parents suspect you may be staying. In the event that police do attempt to return you home or at any point, you can report to police or child protective services that you do not feel safe at home. Child protective services would likely then start an investigation before returning you to an environment you may not be safe in.

      You mentioned your main concern right now is identifying a safe place to go. A helpful start could be to reach out to any family members or friends you feel comfortable talking to about what you are experiencing at home. Perhaps one of them is able to provide you with a safe place to stay. Another option could be a youth shelter and we would be happy to search for resources in your area if you call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY or use the live chat services. Youth shelters can provide a safe place to stay while you figure out your long term plan and they can help you address your concerns at home; however, shelters generally are not able to be a permanent place to live as they do usually require consent from parents for you to stay more than a couple of nights.

      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 www.1800runaway.org (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

      Be safe,
      NRS

  • #98
    Hello i am 17 years old i am a run away i don't have no where to stay parents don't want nothing to do with me im basically homeless i wanted to know how yall could help me or if i can get help because i have no where to live im basically homeless with with all my clothes and stuff..

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    • ccsmod13
      ccsmod13 commented
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      Hi there,

      Thanks for contacting us here at the National Runaway Safeline (NRS). We understand it takes a lot of courage to reach out for help, so thank you for doing so and sharing what's going on with us. We're sorry you are going through such a challenging situation, but we are here to support you during this difficult time.

      Since you are 17 and still, your parents are not legally allowed to kick you out; if they have done so, you can call the police to have them bring you home. If you've run away and don't want to go back home, we are happy to discuss other specific options with you, such as locating shelters or Transitional Living Programs (TLPs) nearby so you can get off the streets as soon as possible. NRS is unable to respond more than twice by email or bulletin for assistance, so 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 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 and take care,
      NRS

  • #99
    Hi I’m 12 and I want to runaway but I live in a small town. Would a women’s shelter let me stay there? And if not how would I find somewhere to go?

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    • ccsmod15
      ccsmod15 commented
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      Hi there,

      Thank you for taking the time to reach out to us here at NRS and we appreciate you sharing a bit about what's going on. It seems like things at home might be a lot for you right now. Leaving home before you are 18 is a big decision, and we are glad you are thinking about your options!

      We are not legal or shelter experts, but generally young people need to either have the consent of their parents or be 18 or older to get accepted into shelter. Further, since you are 12, you may need a parent or guardian in shelter with you to be accepted. It would depend on the intake process of the specific shelter. You asked about other options outside of shelter. A helpful start could be to reach out to any family members or friends you feel comfortable talking to about what you are experiencing at home. Perhaps one of them is able to provide you with a safe place to stay. If you call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY or use the live chat services.

      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 us chat soon through our website www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button) if you are unable to call in.

      Be safe,
      NRS

  • Hi I am a mom who is 16 and I don’t want to be with both of my parents and can I go to a shelter with my child and if I can continue to go to school and work and I live in Florida

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    • ccsmod15
      ccsmod15 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. 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).
      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

  • I´m 13 and I need to leave my house, its not a safe environment for me. Would I be able to go to a homeless shelter, and if so will they report me to the police or send me home? I also really want to go to school, would that still be a possibility if I run away?

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    • ccsmod16
      ccsmod16 commented
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      Hi,
      Thanks for reaching out; we are glad that you did. It sounds like it's not a safe environment for you at home and you are thinking of going to a shelter or run away in some other way.
      It's understandable to want to get away from an unsafe environment, but some youth shelters only take older teens; and they usually do require parental consent or at least notification that you are there. It's not legal for adults to just take in youth, even if it is a shelter.
      We work best when we can have a conversation with people, so reaching out to our live services will allow us to search for shelter in your area and we can even call the for you to ask questions.
      You can reach us by live chat through this website, or you can call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929)
      We truly hope to hear from you soon.
      Sincerely,
      NRS
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