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  • ccsmod6
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    Hi there. Thanks for contacting the National Runaway Safeline and sharing part of your story with us. It must be really challenging having to come home to a place that makes you feel as if you are suffering. It’s understandable why you would want to live with your friend especially if you consider it to be a much safer environment. It might be helpful to talk with someone like a counselor or a therapist about how you feel when you’re at home. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (1800-950-NAMI) may be able to help and may be able to provide some good coping strategies when you’re feeling stressed. However, if you do decide to leave without permission it may just be important to keep in mind that your parents do have the right to file a runaway report. If a runaway report is filed and you make contact with police you may be required to return back home. However, you do have the right to let authorities know that you don’t feel safe at home. It may also be important to know that your friend and their parents could also be charged with harboring a runaway if you are caught staying with them. We hope this information was helpful. If you would like to discuss your situation further please feel free to reach out to us via phone at 1800-runaway or come chat at 1800runaway.org

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    I’m 15 years old living in Minnesota, I genuily hangout with my best friend nearly every weekend when I’m not there it’s becuase I’m being punished unfairly by my moms boyfriend and her, my mothers boyfriend has tried threatening me grabbing me and reaching into my pockets. Everytime I’m not at my friends house I’m stuck at home suffering from nothing to do here and constantly hearing screaming and taking mental abuse, I can’t take it anymore here my best friends house is a lot more safer and a better area to be in were I feel as if I can live my own life. Everyday I come home stressed tired and sick of being here when I know there’s a better place to be at just 20 mins away I’d like to be emancipated and live on my own but the laws are for 16 year olds I’ve even offered living there to my mother a lot of times but she always says I’m probably doing drugs and ect up there so I’ve came to the conclusion of leaving I Just don’t want to put my issues of running away on a amazingly family that only ever cared for me

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  • ccsmod7
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    Hello there, thanks for reaching out. Sounds like you are dealing with a pretty stressful situation at home and feeling like leaving but your mom threatened police and juvy. Here at NRS, we are not legal experts but we can speak generally about runaway laws. We truly want to support you and inform you of what could happen.

    If you leave home without permission, your mom can file you as a runaway with local police and if you are found you generally would be returned home. Running away is not typically illegal, rather it is a status offense or something you cannot do because you are a minor. So you generally would not be sent to juvy, rather you would be returned home.

    We hope this information is helpful. Please do not hesitate to call or chat us if you would like to talk in more detail about your situation: 1-800-RUNAWAY; www.1800runaway.org.

    Best,

    NRS

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    I'm 16 and i cannot stand my house anymore i want to leave .My mom said if i threaten to go away she'll call the cops and have me put in juvy but will that really happen? Or is she just trying to scare me?

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  • ccsmod4
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    Reply: Hi imI 15 and my grandmother

    Hello,
    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 mentioned some things that raise concern for your safety and well-being. It is illegal for any parent or guardian to put a minor out on the street. 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/. 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

    We hope this response was helpful! We’d love to hear from you about your experience using our crisis email/forum. Your feedback plays an important role in helping us improve our services to youth and families. Please click the link to fill out our survey: Your Opinion Matters to Us

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    Hi imI 15 and my grandmother said that she can kick me out by force so I think that's the ok of letting me run away (btw she did shoved me out the door)

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  • ccsmod4
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    Reply: Hello​, I'm 15

    Thank you for writing to us here at National Runaway Safeline (NRS).

    From everything that you have been going through at home with your parent’s it took a lot of courage for you to reach out. We appreciate you sharing your feelings about the situation. Well done. It sounds like you’re quite overwhelmed by things at home right now and you mentioned being harmed and or thinking about harming yourself. 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.
    For depression or suicidal thoughts you might consider contacting the National Suicide and Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

    Again you do not deserve to be abused physically, emotionally etc.
    It is not your fault that this is happening. You cannot control what others choose to do.
    Seeking help is an option available to you.

    To report any abusive treatment there is Child Help USA 1-800-422-4453 www.childhelp.org is an organization that helps protect minors from being harmed. It may also be a good place to explore options for staying with another family member or someone you trust as far as transferring custody.

    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. We are limited as to how we can help in this type of forum.

    If you would like to talk more in detail please call 1-800-Runaway (786-2929) or chat soon through our website www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button) if you are unable to call in.

    Be safe,
    NRS

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    Hello​. I'm 15 and I don't know how much longer I can last here.My older sister is abusive and my mom gets mad at me if I defend myself. My mom never listens to the back story and she invalidates my emotions. She makes fun of me for cutting myself and wanting to die and I don't know how much time I have left before I finally kill myself. I want to run away to my former step dad's place and I have about $84 saved up to get away (I know it's nothing). I feel like I'm living with strangers. The only reason I'm alive is because my boyfriend and my step dad.

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  • ccsmod9
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    Hi there,

    You mentioned wanting to know how you can leave home before turning 18. The easiest way to leave home is with your mom’s 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 mom. 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.

    Please reach out soon so that we may offer support and resources to you. Our number is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929).

    Be safe,

    NRS

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    Guest replied
    I'm 14 and everything at my house is going crazy, I ran away once and my gaurdian said she dont care if I do it again. what should i do? I dont know where to go but my friends mother said she wouldnt mind if i come over

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  • ccsmod0
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    Thank you for reaching out to us at the National Runaway Safeline. It sounds like you are in a difficult situation, and we understand it takes courage to reach out for help. 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.

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    Guest replied
    I'm 15 , want to run away but to somewhere that is safe , I'm from UK , it has nothing to do with my parents or anyway I have been treated I just feel severely depressed because of my school life which is why I dropped out and don't know what to do.

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  • ccsmod5
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    Hi, thank you for your message. It sounds like you aren’t able to be yourself around your family, which can be exhausting and frustrating. We aren’t certain what you mean by being yourself, but it could be a possibility to talk with your family about how you’ve been feeling and discuss how they can make you feel more supported in your identity. You mention that you feel like running away and have enough funds to get from Michigan to Houston. It’s great that you’re thinking about your options and planning. If you are serious about leaving, your safety is our top priority. You might want to consider the following:

    1) Where you’ll get money—it’s awesome that you have saved up funds to get to Houston. You may also want to consider the money that you would need for food, housing, medicine, and things you need to survive.
    2) Who you’ll stay with—friend, family, emergency shelter, and what you would do if your living situation didn’t work out
    3) What you’d do in a dangerous situation—running away could put you at a higher risk of being sexually or physically assaulted and it’s important to think of a safety plan

    If you have further questions or want to speak more specifically about your situation, feel free to give us a call at 1-800-786-2929. Stay strong and stay safe!

    NRS

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    Guest replied
    I'm 15 and feel like running away I do have a loving and catering family but I just to be my self and I have the money to get from Michigan to houston and have a friends house but I just want to be myself and live my life as me

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  • ccsmod2
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    Hello There,

    Thank you for contacting The National Runaway Safeline, we are here to help and here to listen. You do not deserve to be mentally abused, that is unacceptable. If you would like to make an abuse report you could call The Child help hotline at 1800-422-4453. We know that sometimes making reports can be scary if you would like our help you can always give us a call.
    You mentioned wanting to leave and what could happen, we are not legal experts but we do have general knowledge of the laws. If you were to leave home without permission you could be considered as a runaway. If the police found you they would most likely bring you home. Also whoever you would be staying with could potentially be in trouble for “harboring a runaway. If you ever feel like you are in danger please call 911.
    We hope this information will be helpful to you in your situation. If you have any other questions or would like to explore your options please give us a call. We are here 24/7 to listen and provide support. We wish you the best of luck!
    NRS
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