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  • #16
    I am 15 years old and I want to go live with my mom. My dad and step mom are violently, mentally and emotionally abusive. My dad has full custody of me because my mom defaulted custody when she got arrested for a failure to appear warrant. I cant take living there and I keep running away but the police keep bringing me back even though I tell them I dont feel safe there. My dad is a convicted felon and he has multiple guns in the house so I have a hard time sleeping because I'm afraid hes going to kill me or attack me again if I do. I just want to go live with my mom but no one will listen to me and she doesnt have the money to be able to take my dad to court. Is there any real help out there because I also dont want to become ward of state or placed in foster care. I just want to live with my mom.

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    • ccsmod13
      ccsmod13 commented
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      Hi there,

      Thank you for taking the time to contact us here at 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 and you have a right to be safe.

      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. They can tell you more about how CPS could respond to your situation and what your options might be to live with your mom.

      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. 1-800-RUNAWAY

      Be safe,
      NRS

  • #17
    Hi. I'm 17 with 3 weeks until 18. I was supposedly reported as a runaway but I went to the emergency room a bit ago and Child protective services talked to me. I was illegally living with my dad but it's been a month since dcs found out that I was living with him and the police has contacted him to tell him that when I am ready to press charges to call the police department. I was hired at subway and am wondering if their I9 check will pop up that I'm a runaway but I can't find my name in any databases

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    • ccsmod15
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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 really unfortunately cannot answer your question as there is no way for us to know. If you would like to talk more in detail and share more about how we can help specifically, please call or chat soon. We can best help by phone or chat as NRS is unable to respond more than twice by email or bulletin for assistance.
      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

  • #18
    I am 16 years old and want to run away from home. My mom is very abusive verbally and emotionally sometimes physically but my dad lives in California and I have can’t see him that often. I might be able to run away and live with a friend in there house with there parents but I don’t want to get them in legal trouble by living with them and escaping. I know there is no penalty for me legally running away but I don’t want to get other people in trouble that help me get away from my mom. My mom really tries to keep me in the house and would probably call the police as I can’t leave the house for more then about 5 hours I don’t know how she would react with running away. I also don’t want to tell the police or CPS about the abuse because then I would get into foster care or be forced to go back home with therapy and I just want to be away from my mom and live at my friends house. If there parents take me in consensually and keep me in school, and take care of me in every way a parent is supposed to can they take me out of that home and send me home and can they get in trouble for harboring me and taking care of me if I am fully taken care of?

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    • ccsmod15
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      Hello,

      Thanks ever so much for reaching out to us. We are so sorry that the situation at home with your mom, it is never ok for anyone to be abusive towards you, you deserve to live in a space where you feel safe. It sounds like you are considering living with a friend, but you have questions about what might happen if you stay with them. We are not legal experts, but we can share information that may help you decide your next steps.

      You are correct in that you do have the option of reporting the abuse to your local child protective services, and that decision would be yours to make. From what we understand, if you are considered a minor in your state, you cannot live somewhere else without your mom's consent if she is your legal guardian. Regardless of whether your friend's family takes care of you and allows you to live there, if your mom files a runaway report and local police find you, they would likely return you to your mom's house or have her pick you up. Because we are not legal experts, we cannot say with certainty whether or not your friend's family would be charged with a crime, as these laws are state-specific. If you have questions about the possible consequences to you or your friend's family if you chose to run away to their home and your mom filed a runaway report, the best resource for you would be the non-emergency number of your local police department or your local legal aid agency. If you need help finding this information, or if you just need someone to talk to, please feel free to reach out to us.

      Whatever you decide, know that we are here to support you. We cannot tell you what to do, but we will do our best to help you stay as safe as possible as you figure out your next steps. If you would like to talk more in detail please call us 24/7 at 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. We unfortunately cannot give advice as we are non-directive. You know your situation best. We are here to listen, here to help. Stay safe!

      -NRS

  • #19
    Im 15 and ranaway i know my parents called the cops i wonder what they said but i also don’t wanna go home cuz my dad has been molested me since i was a little girl ☹️ I don’t know what to do because iam afraid if i tell the law iam not trying to go back in to foster care i was there when i was 11 and don’t wanna be there again.

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    • ccsmod2
      ccsmod2 commented
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      Thank you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. So sorry to hear that you are going through such a rough time right now. You have certainly gone through a lot at such a young age but hopefully you are in a safe place now and can look ahead.



      At NRS we are not affiliated with any legal organization so it is hard to determine exactly what may happen if law enforcement picks you up. It is possible that you would be returned to your parents as they are legally responsible for you until you are 18 years of age. Here at NRS we have a database of resources that may be of assistance to you in finding a more permanent and safe place to live. If would be great if you could reach out to us either

      at www.1-800runaway.org for an online chat or at 1-800runaway (1-800-786-2929) to speak to someone on the phone. That would allow us to get a bit more information about your situation and allow us to look into our resources.



      Again, thanks for reaching out to NRS! Hopefully you will reach out to us in the very near future!

  • #20
    Hey, I know im 17 and im thinking of running away for two weeks or three because I'm scared about telling my parents that I'm gay. I don't know how I would get my medicine and I don't have a clue of who to talk to. My parents are extremely strict and heavily christian and I feel like if I tell them im gay then they will take away everything I have and even stop letting me go to college.

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    • ccsmod16
      ccsmod16 commented
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      Hi,
      Thank you for reaching out; we are glad that you did. It sounds like things have been hard for you since, with their religious beliefs, they may not accept you and your sexual identity. We are so sorry you are going though this.
      It's understandable to feel pressure to come out to them. But coming out is for people who will be physically and emotionally safe when they do. As a minor, you don't have much in the way of rights if they do the things you are afraid of them doing. They can't prevent you from going to college though. Once you are 18, you can leave and determine your own future and dreams and relationships and loves.
      You can reach out to www.thetrevorproject.org which has a 24/7 confidential chat to talk over coming out before you are able to determine your own living situation. They are a mental health and support site for LGBTQ youth.
      We are also here to talk about this with you. We work best when we can have a conversation with people. You can chat us 24/7 confidentially through this website, or call us at 1-800-786-2929. running away is really hard and potentially dangerous, so we hope we can help you talk this all through.
      We truly hope to hear from you soon.
      Sincerely,
      NRS
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