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  • ccsmod10
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    It sounds like your living in your dad's home has been making you really unhappy; that's not what you deserve. You deserve to be treated with respect and kindness.
    Custody can be complicated, and unfortunately it can be really expensive for our parents to make changes to it, and sometimes they simply don't have the money to do that even if they really want to.
    If you are getting abused and want to report it, you can contact us (1800runaway.org or 1-800-RUNAWAY) or anyone at your school. It can also be useful to tell people simply and directly when their comments/jokes hurt your feelings, and to ask them to stop.
    You don't have to handle this alone; we are here to help.

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    i want to live with mom but dad wont let me i have been here before and got abused and cry on the way home because i dont feel safe here and dont feel loved i had athletes foot i went to my moms and she looked it up and got stuff for it i went home they said your dirty nasty and when i eat the say im a garbage disposal and they say if i need somthing i need to get a job

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  • ccsmod16
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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 things have gotten overwhelming with your dad and you want to live with your other parent.

    We aren't legal experts, but usually this situation would depend on your parent's custody agreement and their willingness to go to court. However, if you call or chat us we can direct you to legal services in your area that would be able to provide further clarification. In the mean time, it's within your rights to report any kind of abuse happening at home. Childhelp (www.childhelp.org) can be a wonderful resource, we can also help you in filling out an abuse report if that's a good fit for you.

    We are here as support through this challenging time and we can best help by having a conversation with you either by phone on our hotline or chatting us through our website. We truly hope to hear from you soon so that we can listen and help.

    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

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    Originally posted by Unregistered View Post
    I'm 15 about to be 16 in August. I want to live with my mom but my dad keeps denying it and giving me a really hard time saying i can't. I'm visiting my mom in Massachusetts sense it's summer , My dad lives in New York. I don't want to go back. It's really bad there there's a lot of emotional abuse and at a time there was physical. It makes me wanna die being there. I just want to stay here permanently. Can he make me come back once I'm 16? Or if I have to go back what can I do so I can move with her? I need answers ! PLEASE HELP AND TELL ME WHAT I HAVE TO DO TO GET OUT OF MY DADS HOUSE.
    hello! i am also dealing through the exact same situation as you, execpt im turning 16 in just a few days. your problably 23 by now! i hope things went well for you!! if they did, could you maybe advice me and help me out of this situation? or tell me what happened with you? please, and thank you

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  • ccsmod16
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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 like your home life has become uncomfortable and you are understandably upset.
    You are within your rights to report any abuse happening inside the home, www.childhelp.org can be a great resource when looking to report abuse, and we can also assist you in filling out an abuse report if you call or chat us. If your mom is willing to go to court to gain primary custody of you, that may be an option. If you are close to 18 the courts may stand by your decision to move in with her, but it's hard to know for sure and we are not legal experts. There are also many LGBTQA+ support groups such as https://www.thetrevorproject.org/ that can offer coping techniques for living with transphobic parents.
    We are here as support through this challenging time and we can best help by having a conversation with you either by phone on our hotline or chatting us through our website. We truly hope to hear from you soon so that we can listen and help.
    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

  • ccsmod9
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    Thank you for reaching out to The National Runaway Safeline, we are here to help and here to listen. From what we’ve read it sounds as though you are really going through a difficult time and we want you to know that you are not alone. It takes courage to reach out and we are happy that you decided to reach out to us. You mentioned that you are currently closeted and we understand that it is difficult to closet yourself, especially under circumstances in which your dad is transphobic. Being a transgender male is an amazing thing. We totally agree and understand that it is difficult not being able to live with the person that you want to live with. Your feelings are valid. We are also sorry to read that your dad emotionally neglects you and is aggressive towards you. A potential option to consider would be to talk to your mom more about you living with her permanently, we know this may be hard considering the situation with your father. Another option would be to speak with someone that your father listens to and respects to make it slightly easier to communicate your needs. We hope some of these options will be helpful to you in your situation. If you have any questions or would like to explore other options please give us a call. We are here for you 24/7 to listen and to provide support. Best of luck!NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    My brother physically verbally and mentally abuses me and my dad and stepmom do jacksh!t about it. Not to mention theyre transphobic and im trans. my moms house is practically the opposite of my dads and i love it there, but my dad despises my mom.

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  • Guest
    Guest replied
    For context, I'm a currently closeted transgender male and my dad is transphobic. My parents live in seperate states so I only see my mom one weekend a month and during summer, which is difficult as I'm still quite young (<13) and love her very much. My dad emotionally neglects me and is rather aggressive, making me cry easily. He is a Republican and very conservative and racist too, which disgusts me to no ends. There are several reasons I don't want to live with him, and several other reasons as to why I would like to live with my mom. For my certain case, I get to choose who I want to live with at 13 but quite frankly I feel as if that's too long of a wait. Also, this is going to be a very difficult topic to introduce to my father, as he is not fond of my mom in the slightest. What do I do?

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  • ccsmod5
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    Hi there,

    Thanks for reaching out, we hope to help as best we can. 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).

    You mentioned having already been involved with CPS, so you may be familiar with some of the process. You may be able to either have contact with the last worker and be placed with your mom instead or they may need to open a new case. You deserve to feel safe in your own home, and if your mom still has parental rights you should be able to have visits with her too.

    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

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    I want to live with my mom and my dad said that we aren’t even allowed to see her when we should. I just don’t feel safe with him because of abuse in the past. And I just want to live with my mom again i haven’t got to see her in months and my sister has to lie that she is going with her friend but she’s really secretly going to our moms. CPS has been over and asked if I wanted to live with him when my mom got arrested, and Me and my sister said yes because we were afraid we would be put somewhere or separated. I feel helpless I don’t know what to do.

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  • ccsmod15
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    Thank you for contacting the National Runaway Safeline. We are so sorry that you’re having to deal with this emotional abuse from your father. No one deserves to be yelled at every night, and it sounds like you know this treatment is unfair to you. You sound like a very thoughtful person who is looking out for yourself, and looking for help coping with your father’s behavior, and that’s a good thing.

    It makes sense that you want to live with your mom, when your dad is drinking and yelling at you every night, saying things that make you feel terrible. You’ve taken the step of telling him that his behavior makes you think about ending your life, and he hasn’t reacted in a helpful manner. That’s not right—you deserve support with how you’re feeling right now.

    You don’t have to go through this alone. If you’re able to call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY, we are available 24/7 to talk anonymously and confidentially about how you’ve been feeling, what you’re facing at home, and what your options could be for what to do next. There is always someone available to talk to who cares how you’re feeling. Likewise, the Suicide Prevention Lifeline, https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org and 1-800-273-8255, is another hotline you can contact any time if you’re ever thinking about hurting yourself. Additionally, if you are looking for support in coping with your father’s treatment of you when he’s drinking, you can find additional support from Alateen, a support group for teenagers dealing with a parent’s drinking: al-anon.org/newcomers/teen-corner-alateen/

    It sounds like you know your father is not treating you the way he should, and it makes sense that you want to move out. You might try talking to your mom and other family members in your life about this, or other adults whom you trust to really listen to you. You might also try talking to a trustworthy adult whom you know your father will listen to, to see if that person can help him see your side of things. Additionally, if you think it could be a helpful option, you can contact the NRS at 1-800-RUNAWAY and one of our liners could help facilitate a conversation between you and your dad.

    You don’t have to go through this alone, we are always available to talk. Good luck!

  • ccsmod15
    commented on Guest's reply
    Hi there, thanks for reaching out to us at NRS. It sounds like it has been pretty devastating being separated from your mother and brothers, not to mention experiencing abuse and/or neglect by the people who have been responsible for you. You deserve to live in a home where you feel safe and that your basic needs are being met. While we’re not legal experts and aware of the laws for countries outside of the US, you do have the right to report abuse and neglect if that is something you would be interested in pursuing: (800) 422-4453 (childhelp.org may be a good resource to start with). There is also a Child Helpline International (https://www.childhelplineinternational.org/) which might be useful if you either do not live in the US, or you have questions specific to going to live with your mom in a different country.

    If moving out of the country to live with your mom is not a readily feasible option, are there any other family members or adults you might be able to stay with in the meantime? Having your legal guardian’s consent to live with another responsible adult could be another option to pursue. Additionally, if it is determined that there is abuse or neglect happening in the home, Child Protective Services could also ensure that you have a safe place to live until you turn 18.

    You mentioned the impact that all of this has had on your mental health, which is completely understandable. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration or SAMHSA might be a helpful resource where you can search for counseling services by zip code: samhsa.gov or by calling the National Helpline (800) 662-4357 for help with finding resources. The National Alliance on Mental Illness is another organization that provides education, advocacy, and support to individuals impacted by mental illness, including family members as you mentioned your dad might also have a mental illness: https://www.nami.org/Home.

    Please know that you can always reach out to our 24/7 completely confidential hotline (800) RUNAWAY if you want to discuss your situation in more detail and explore additional options. You don’t have to go through this alone.

    Good luck,

    NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    I am a 16 year old girl who is dealing with an emotionally abusive father and I want to go live with my mom. But my dad has full custody of me and I don’t know what to do. Every night my father drinks and yells at me about everything I do. He always makes me cry after he yells and makes me want to end my life because that’s how he makes me feel. I’ve admitted to him that I’ve had these thought and he doesn’t care about them. I just really want to live with my mom.

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  • Guest
    Guest replied
    I am a 17 year old girl living at my grandparents is place. My dad on one hand is psychologically ill but doesn’t admit it he tends to get abusive and very aggressive towards me. I used to live with him and his wife and kids but his wife ended up treating me worse than he’d treated me. So that’s why I’ve been at my grandparents place for almost more than a year now. My grandparents are divorced and really no one cares about each other. On the other hand my mother and two brothers are living in another country. I’ve been begging my dad for all this time now to just send me back to my moms place but he refused. I’m stuck and angry and depressed i am 100% sure that I’ve developed mental health issues but I don’t know what to do. I need my mom I can’t live with out her any longer. I don’t know what to do all I want is to go and live with her but unfortunately there isn’t a strict law in the country that I’m at so i have no clue where to move from here. And it shows that I’m very desperate to come and write my story on here but I just need all the help I can get.

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  • ccsmod13
    commented on Guest's reply
    Hi there,

    Thank you for reaching out to us here at NRS. It sounds like there is a lot that you are facing at home with your dad and you would feel more comfortable living with your mom. While we are not legal experts, we can help you explore some possible options. Here is what we know about laws that might affect your situation. 18 is usually the age you are able to leave home without permission from your legal guardian (in this case it sounds like dad is your legal guardians). If you were to leave home without permission from your dad, he may be able to report you as a runaway and have you returned.

    One option, would be to make a report to child protective services if your safety is a concern. Child Help USA 1-800-422-4453 www.childhelp.org is an organization that helps protect minors from being harmed. They can tell you more about how CPS could respond to your situation.

    Another option would be to speak with your mom about this. Laws regarding custody and modifying custody agreement can vary by state. Your mom could speak with a lawyer to learn more about your options may be in this situation and if she is able to have the custody agreement changed. We would be happy to provide a legal aid resource if you contact us at 1-800-RUNAWAY or through the live chat. Please do not hesitate to reach out any time to talk more about your situation and explore all of your possible options. Often having a safe place to talk about what you are experiencing will raise ideas not thought of previously.

    Stay strong,
    NRS
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