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  • ccsmod3
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    Thank you for reaching out to us. It seems like you are concerned about what will happen if you runaway. 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. If you are having issues with your parents and feel unsafe you can contact Child Help at 1800-422-4453. If you have specific questions that you felt like were not addressed you could always call us at 1800-RUNAWAY. We are here to help and are 24/7. Best of Luck!

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    Hi so Im 13 and well my place isnt safe and i have called the cops Dss like 6 times on my parents and im still here i was going to live with my boyfriend but then i heard his mom can go to jail for hiding me if my parents make a missing person report and i dont want his mom to go to jail and i want to get the hell out of my house and i dont want to go to foster care... what should i do..?

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  • ccsmod2
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    Hello There,
    Thank you 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 difficult time right now. If you feel that this is abuse you can make an abuse report by contacting your local police or by calling Child Help at: 1800-422-4453. You can always go to the police station and ask them what your options are. You could also always talk with your school counselor and they may come up with options you have never thought of.
    We hope this information will be helpful to you in your situation. If you have any more questions or would like to discuss options please give us a call. We are here 24/7 to listen and provide support. Best of luck to you!
    NRS

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    i hate where i live and i need help, my stepmom hates me and has made me do super cruel punishment and i would rather be a foster kid. but i feel like making a minor hold a weight as a punishment is abuse but she hit me today because i was talking and she is always calling me names . i just hate it here . i was thinking about running away to the police station and telling them ... idk ..... i wanna be a foster kid .

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  • ccsmod3
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    Thank you for reaching out to us. It’s a good thing that despite the challenges you may be experiencing that you still want to make sure you go to school and receive your education. It seems like you are worried about if you would get in trouble if you tried to enroll in school. We are not legal experts but there is a McKinney-Vento Homeless Act. This act ensures that you have rights as a homeless youth to go to school, receive free meals and transportation to and from school.
    It seems like you are also concerned that you will get in trouble if you go to a group home because you are a runaway. You won’t be charged with anything as a runaway. They typically return you to your guardians. If you are having issues with your adopted parents and feel unsafe you can contact your case manager, Child Protective Services or Child Help at 1800-422-4453. If you have specific questions that you felt like were not addressed you could always call us at 1800-RUNAWAY. We are here to help and are 24/7. Best of Luck!

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    Im 16 I’ve been a run away for about 3 months for the 3rd time from my adopted family but I really wanna go to school so I was thinking of putting myself in a group will i do time in juvey before I can get myself in a group home ? Please answer as soon as you can

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  • ccsmod9
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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. It might be a good idea to possibly look for support groups within your school or even finding an adult you trust to see if there is anything they can do to help you or even help you get through the rough verbal abuse you are going through. Please know you have the right to report abuse your safety should be your first priority. For more specifics on the law, the local non-emergency police or legal aid may better answer legal questions.
    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 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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    Hi I'm 15 and I want to run away because I cant stand being here anymore. I live with my half brother step dad and step mom. And my step dad favors my half brother and anything he does he gets praise for and he never gets in trouble. And when I do anything I get yelled at and I get everything taken from me. I feel like I cant tell them anything. And the only time I am happy is when I am not at home. I cant do this anymore and I need to get out of here and I have nowhere to go other than a friends house but I dont want to get them in trouble. I cant go to my mom because she is crazy and lives in Florida and i live in Colorado. I just dont know what to do and i feel like i am alone and the only people i have are my friends but i cant even talk to them truthfully because my step dad reads all of my messages and phone calls and I'm not allowed to see them. I dont want to die but I'm afraid if I stay here I will end up doing it.

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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. It must be really hard to live in a home with so much tension. It can be really hard to feel like you're alone in your struggles and that no one would understand and we want you to know that we are here for you. Running away is a big decision and it can be very stressful to figure out what you want to do.

    You mentioned that you want to suicide. We care a lot about your safety, and we can help you find resources that can help you cope with these feelings. You do not have to face this alone, and there is so much help out there for you. If you are thinking about hurting yourself, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline could be a good resource for you. You can check them out at https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/, or you can call 1-800-273-8255 for help and support any time.

    If you’d like to go over the issues with your parents or other things going on in your life, or if you’d like to explore other options that you may have available to you, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY. You can also chat us by clicking on the “CHAT” button on top of our homepage. We’re open 24/7 and here to listen and support you in any way we can.

    Stay safe,
    NRS

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    I'm 14 and there's a lot going on in my life. I'm tired of it. And one of the problems, I hatlve to admit that it's my parents. I wanna suicide and it's ittter not to give up my life and so I'm going to decide the best option- running away. No one would understand what I'm going through . Please help me.

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  • ccsmod4
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    (sigh) I'm 15 and i am going thru mental abuse


    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. It sounds like you are trying to decide what to do about leaving home or staying but have some questions. Though we can understand being frustrated by a situation it’s good that you are taking your time in making a decision. One thing we can say is that running away probably will cause changes as to how you will survive. Here are some things you might consider. Where you will stay? How will you eat? How do you keep yourself safe? Basically the question you might ask of yourself is: Will running away make my situation better or worse?
    One that might help during a difficult time is by making a check list to see if you have done all that you can to resolve whatever conflict you might be having about something or someone. Next is to examine how you have attempted to do this. Consider what the best form of communication is to get across your feelings about the situation. you don't deserve to be abused and it's not your fault that this is happening. You did a good thing by reaching out.
    It's important that you remember to exercise self- care. It is times like these that it would be nice to have a listening ear.

    We would like to be of assistance to you if we can.
    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 or seek emergency assistance immediately. To report any forms of abuse contact Child Help 1-800-422-4453 www.childhelp.org
    We hope to hear from you soon.

    Take care,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    (Sigh) I’m 15 and I am going thru mental abuse I don’t know what to do my mom won’t leave and I’ve tried to run an I’m thinking about it again I don’t know where else to turn but to get some help...
    Last edited by ccsmod4; 09-07-2019, 12:29 AM.

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  • ccsmod6
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    Hello and thank you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. The way that your parents are forcing you to live sounds stifling, unfair, and unhealthy. We would be happy to help you look for somewhere else you could live or talk about what kind of options you have. We do have a database of shelter resources around the country that we can look through for you. You are definitely welcome to call the police if you feel like the situation you are in is dangerous, though what they can do might be limited. With regards to getting into trouble, it is NOT illegal to run away. Unless you are doing something illegal as a runaway or if you have a history with law enforcement, you should not be arrested or charged with anything if you run away. Your parents can file a runaway report with the police if you do leave, but that would just mean that the police would notify your guardian and take you home if they encounter you. If you want to ask anything else or talk about what you can do right now, please call us at 1-800-786-2929 or chat us at 1800runaway.org.

    Take care,
    NRS

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    I'm 15, my parents are trying to send me to a mental hospital, and maybe even put me back in foster care. I'm trying to get to Florida from Texas. My parents are definitely gonna file the report. But they took away my happiness and now they're taking my hard earned money. Also I'm not allowed to go out anymore like I can't have human contact, I'm home schooled and can't even go to the store with them the only human contact I have is when I walk my neighbors dog which I get payed for by him. Is there a shelter I could go? Or could I go to the cops without getting into trouble? I don't want to live here anymore so could I call someone other than a hotline? I need to leave and I'm going to leave I just need to know if I'll get in trouble or where I could go since I don't have a place

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  • ccsmod9
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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 sounds like you’re quite overwhelmed by things at home right now and you mentioned being harmed. 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. You may also be able to report any mistreatment to CPS. 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.
    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
    We hope to hear from you soon.
    Be safe,
    NRS
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