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    I am a runaaway and i have been gone for two months, this is my second time running from my father, he is abusive and so is his girlfriend, the first time i ran away the judge sent me to my moms for the weekend after they found me and they wouldnt let me move in with my mother because i hadnt seen my mother in two years (because my father refused to let me see her) well that sunday night my father had called my mom and told her that he didnt want me back and six months after living with my mom, i was exceeding in school and had a job and just doing better with my life, as soon as my mom asked for a child support reduction my dad wanted me back so the court sent me back and te next day i ran away, iv been gone for 2 months and i need help because i dont know what to do next

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    Re: Runaway at 16 in illinois

    Hi there,

    Thank you so much for reaching out to us. It sounds like you’re really trying to figure things out right now as far as your next move, and we’re glad that you contacted us. We’re here to support you.

    So it sounds like you have been away from home for 2 months, and you left because you were going to have to go back to your dad’s house and that does not sound like a safe place to be. You disclosed abuse by your father and his girlfriend. It sounds like the courts have already been involved regarding custody. If the abuse has not been reported to anyone, this may be beneficial. If this something you would like to do, you can call us at 1800 RUNAWAY (786 2929), or Child Help USA at (800) 422 4453 to either make a report or talk more about what that would look like. You do not deserve to be abused by anybody.

    You shared that you have been gone for 2 months, and you’re trying to figure out what to do next. If you are in need of a safe place to go, you can call us any time and we can try to locate a shelter or safe place for you to go to. Your safety is our main concern. We are not here to tell you what you should or should not do, because you know your situation better than we do. We’re just here to help work through your options with you. It sounds like your end goal is to go back with your mom, because that’s the environment where you were exceeding and doing better with your life. If you would like to talk further, or would like shelter resources or legal resources, please do call or chat with us and we can talk more.

    Best of luck,
    Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

    National Runaway Safeline
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