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    Hi! My girlfriend is 16 and lives in Georgia with her parents. Her family situation is bad and abusive and lately we've been discussing having her move in with me and my family (I'm also sixteen) in Wisconsin (I know it's far away, but my parents are more than willing to help her). She's worried about her parents calling the cops on her or us and I need to know if there's an easier way to go about it because, as I said, her parents are abusive and would never give parental consent. Is there a way I can get my parents to take guardianship of her or something? I don't know anything about law and I don't know what to trust on google because I've been seeing different results. I'm really worried about her situation as it is and I'm not sure how much longer she can afford to stay in an unsafe environment.

  • #2
    Thanks for reaching out to us at the National Runaway Safeline (NRS). It sounds like your girlfriend is going through a really difficult situation at home. We are glad that you are looking out for her best interest and want to help. Looking at this situation, there are a few things to consider. We aren’t legal experts here at NRS, but we can give some general information.
    If your girlfriend’s parents were to call the police and file a runaway report, the police may ask if they are any places they believe she might be. If your parent’s place is one of those, they may contact the police department in your town and asked for them to check to see if she is there. Depending on the situation, your parents could potentially get into legal trouble for knowingly harboring a runaway child. However, not everything is black and white. Like you mentioned above, your girlfriend’s parents are being abusive to her and where she is living is not a safe environment. If your girlfriend’s situation is documented or at least known to the proper authorities (Child Protective Services, the police, etc.) things might be different. If your girlfriend ever needs someone to talk to about the abuse that she is receiving at home, a good resource for her to contact is the National Child Abuse Hotline (www.childhelp.org) at 1-800-422-4453.
    Like we mentioned above, we aren’t legal experts here at the National Runaway Safeline so it is hard to say what would be involved with changing custody or issues with the police if your girlfriend was to move into your parent’s home. However, if you give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929) or chat with us through our website (https://www.1800runaway.org) we will gladly look up some legal resources that might be able to assist. Once again we thank you for the courage to reach out to us and are glad you are looking out for your girlfriend in this difficult time. We wish you good luck during this difficult time.
    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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    1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)

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    • #3
      I live in Olympia Washington and I am done being my family's scape goat and not getting the help, love and support I need from them. Is there anyway I can leave home. I have family in Idaho that I feel a lot better with. And that actually care about me. Or is can I put myself up for adoption?

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      • ccsmod1
        ccsmod1 commented
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        Hey there,

        Thanks so much for contacting us, it takes a lot of courage to reach out and share your story. It must be really hard to live in a home with so much tension. Everyone should be able to live in a home where they are loved, supported, and treated with respect. Running away is a big decision and it can be very stressful to figure out what you want to do.

        We aren’t legal experts here at NRS, but generally speaking, you cannot terminate your parents’ parental rights (putting you up for adoption). If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately. If any harm or abuse is happening at home, you have the right to report it. If you feel like this is an option you want to explore, you may find this website helpful: https://www.childhelp.org/child-abuse/.

        If you’d like to go over what’s going on in depth, 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.

        All the best,
        NRS

    • #4
      I’m 16 and I live with my aunt and she has this really emotionally and verbally abusive boyfriend, he yells at me has threatened me made fun of me said very hurtful things to me, looked at me in sexual ways and isolated me from my friends, he is also very mean to my aunt but when I try to talk to her about it she always defends him and gets mad at me, my aunt is also very bipolar I feel like I’m always walking on egg shells at home, I’m not happy here and I can’t talk to her about anything, I’m only happy at school with my friends. My aunt often throws insults at me telling me she doesn’t care about my feelings or problems and has even said she hopes I get pregnant and that I should drop out of school cause I’ll probably fail anyways, if I do one little thing wrong she takes my phone and isolates me and says hurtful things to me while I’m sitting in front of her crying, she’s said multiple times “ f*ck you” to me and called me a “b*tch” a lot. Her and her boyfriend have gotten back together and broken up probably 10 times, then they got married and she cheated on him then they got divorced and broke up then got back together and he stayed with us for 7 months then they broke up again and my aunt promised me she would never let him around us again and she wouldn’t do that to me again cause I told her how mean he was to me, she even told me she noticed him looking at my body in a sexual way, but now they’re back together and getting married in a month and buying a house together far away from here and if I move with them I’ll lose my friends and be isolated with them, I have anxiety and depression and when I’m around them it gets worse and I want to run away. I’ve talked to my neighbors that I babysat for for 2 years and they said I could stay with them until I’m 18 if I wanted to, can I just leave and go live with them without my aunts consent and without them getting in trouble? Or do they have to get guardianship of me, can they get guardianship of me?

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      • #5
        I’m 16 and I live with my aunt and she has this really emotionally and verbally abusive boyfriend, he yells at me has threatened me made fun of me said very hurtful things to me, looked at me in sexual ways and isolated me from my friends, he is also very mean to my aunt but when I try to talk to her about it she always defends him and gets mad at me, my aunt is also very bipolar I feel like I’m always walking on egg shells at home, I’m not happy here and I can’t talk to her about anything, I’m only happy at school with my friends. My aunt often throws insults at me telling me she doesn’t care about my feelings or problems and has even said she hopes I get pregnant and that I should drop out of school cause I’ll probably fail anyways, if I do one little thing wrong she takes my phone and isolates me and says hurtful things to me while I’m sitting in front of her crying, she’s said multiple times “ f*ck you” to me and called me a “b*tch” a lot. Her and her boyfriend have gotten back together and broken up probably 10 times, then they got married and she cheated on him then they got divorced and broke up then got back together and he stayed with us for 7 months then they broke up again and my aunt promised me she would never let him around us again and she wouldn’t do that to me again cause I told her how mean he was to me, she even told me she noticed him looking at my body in a sexual way, but now they’re back together and getting married in a month and buying a house together far away from here and if I move with them I’ll lose my friends and be isolated with them, I have anxiety and depression and when I’m around them it gets worse and I want to run away. I’ve talked to my neighbors that I babysat for for 2 years and they said I could stay with them until I’m 18 if I wanted to, can I just leave and go live with them without my aunts consent and without them getting in trouble? Or do they have to get guardianship of me, can they get guardianship of me? My aunt and her boyfriend are very verbally and emotionally abusive to each other and me, I live in Georgia

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        • #6
          Reply: I’m 16 and I live with my aunt


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

          With 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. You should be able to feel safe in your home it is not your fault that you are being treated unfairly and made to feel at risk. We’re sorry you’re going through this. You don't deserve to be hurt in any way. Your safety is important. If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately.

          There are laws to protect minors from abuse. 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.
          Another referral we like to pass on to you is R.A.I.N.N. 1-800-656-4673 www.rainn.org
          They assist and support victims of child or sexual abuse.


          You were very brave to reach out today and speak about your situation.
          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.


          If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 9-1-1 or seek emergency assistance immediately.

          Be safe,
          NRS
          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
          [email protected] (Crisis Email)
          1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)

          Tell us what you think about your experience!
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          • #7
            hi im sixteen years old and im tired of living in the house i grew up in not to long ago i got into some stuff and got hit on couple of time and im ready to run away without getting caught cause if i do and they bring me back im going to get beat

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            • ccsmod15
              ccsmod15 commented
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              Hey there. We're sorry to hear you're getting tired of living where you are and that there seems to be some physical abuse taking place at home. Please know that you do not deserve to be beaten no matter what you've done. Our top priority is that you can be safe. You deserve that.

              Concerning the abuse -- or threat of abuse -- you could decide to file a report with your state's child abuse reporting hotline. Some other ways of filing an abuse report include calling the police, telling a teacher, calling us at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or calling the National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-422-4453. Whether or not you file a report is up to you, though. We never tell anyone what to do. Just so you know, when someone files an abuse report there will likely be an investigation made by state social workers and this investigation could lead to a warning to your parent or even being separated from them and put into foster care.

              You mentioned you are also thinking of running away. That's a really big decision. Some issues to think about include where you will go, how will you get your needs provided for, how this will affect school and your future, and how your parents will react. If you do run away your parents have the right to file a runaway report with the police. Running away isn't a crime, but it is a status offense like breaking curfew, which means you could be picked up by police till they release you to your parents.

              We'd like to help further but would need some more information from you.If you give us a call we can brainstorm ideas to help you figure out what your options are and what you'd like to do. We have a large database of resources -- things like shelters and counseling centers -- that may be of help to you. Another option is to chat with us online by visiting our website, www.1800runaway.org.

              Again, our number is 1-800-RUNAWAY and we are here 24/7, are confidential, and non-judgmental. We hope to hear from you soon! Please stay safe.

              NRS

          • #8
            Hi! I’m 16 and I want to move out in GA. I want to leave home because of my parents condition. I don’t live in USA but can I move out in GA legally?

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            • ccsmod1
              ccsmod1 commented
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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. 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 aren't legal experts here at NRS but due to COVID-19, you may not be able to enter the US unless you are already a US citizen.

              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.

              Be safe,
              NRS

          • #9
            I’m 16 I live in Georgia, I want to move out of my parents house to my fiancé’s house which is his moms house because my parents mentally abuses me and treats me like ******** can I move to his house since i feels more safe

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            • ccsmod5
              ccsmod5 commented
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              Hey there,

              Thanks for reaching out to us today and explaining a bit about your situation. We are always here to help in any way we are able to. Don’t hesitate to reach out and call or chat with us more.

              You never deserve to be abused, we’re so sorry that you’re treated so horribly at home. It makes sense that you want to go live with your fiancé. Unfortunately, you can’t legally move out of your house until you turn 18. Unless your parents give you permission, it would be considered running away. If you’re able to call out to us or chat on our website, then we can give you resources. There are legal aid resources that could help you find ways to move out. We are not legal experts at NRS and so the legal aid resources would better at helping with that.

              We are always here to listen to you, you don’t have to go through this alone. If talking about what you’re going through helps the most than that is what we will be here for! Again, thanks for reaching out to us today. If you would like us to look for those resources or want to talk more about what you’re going through, we’re here. Our safeline is open 24/7.

              Best, NRS

          • #10
            Hi, I live in Georgia. My parents are from Pakistan and they have never showed me any love or support. They also don’t believe in mental illness or the trauma they have caused. So I will never be able to get the help of a therapist. They’re very abusive but smart, so they’d hit me once in a while with no bruises on me and stay stuff like it wasn’t that bad and that kids get hit in their culture and to get over it. They believe in arrange marriages which I don’t agree with, I’m 16 I have a boyfriend who is 17. His family is willing to support me and let me stay in their house and raise me as if I were their own kid. My parents don’t know about my relationship bcz if they’d find out they would do terrible things to me. Is there a way I can move out without their consent?
            Last edited by ccsmod4; 07-30-2020, 02:36 AM.

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            • ccsmod4
              ccsmod4 commented
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              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. We are sorry you have been going through what sounds like abuse by your parent’s. You don’t deserve to be mistreated by them. It’s not your fault that they do this. We understand how upsetting it must be for you.
              You have the right to want to live in a safe and healthy environment.

              Georgia state law says you must be 18 in order to be considered an adult and have the freedom to move out of your parent’s home. Another option to consider is filing an abuse report though we understand if you have fears about doing so.

              Child Help 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.


              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.

              Stay safe and take care,
              NRS

          • #11
            Hi. I'm 16 and pregnant. I want to leave home but I am afraid on how my parents will react. I fear that they will call the cops. Not to mention I am still in school.

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            • ccsmod1
              ccsmod1 commented
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              Hey there,

              Thanks so much for reaching out and sharing a little bit about what's going on, we know that it takes a lot of courage. It sounds like you're in a really rough spot right now and it can be difficult to figure out your next steps. We aren’t legal experts here at NRS, but generally speaking, if you do opt to leave your home your parents can file a runaway report, which is essentially a missing person report. Running away is a status offense; this means that it isn’t illegal, but it’s something you can’t do while still a minor. If a runaway report is filed and you are located by the authorities you will most likely be returned home.

              Pregnancy can often be overwhelming and creating a prenatal care plan can be a confusing process. If you plan on carrying the pregnancy to term and do not already have an obstetrician, you can contact Planned Parenthood by going to plannedparenthood.org or by calling 800-230-7526 for some assistance. Your local Planned Parenthood should be able to provide pregnancy planning services, prenatal services, childbirth classes, and pos.tpartum exams for after the baby comes. We can also help you explore your local agencies if you do not wish to continue on with the pregnancy.

              If you’d like to go over what’s going on in depth, 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

              We'd love to hear from you about your experience using our crisis forum. Your feedback plays an important role in helping us improve our services to support youth and families. Please click the link below to fill out our survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/we_care_what_you_think

          • #12
            Hi , I’m 16 years old I will be 17 in less than 3 months . I live with my step mother and my father in Georgia due to my mother passing away a few years back . I absolutely hate living here I’m so uncomfortable and unhappy here . my parents don’t care about how I feel and they don’t realize the sadness they cause for me . Every single day I hate waking up just because I’m here and I feel so helpless and my life feels so pointless. I have a very loving family ( my grandparents ) in Virginia who I just recently spent 6 months with due to corona virus , I did school online there for a while and my life felt good and so normal for a while until I came back here to reality . I can only visit my wonderful family on my moms side in Virginia twice a year .. and im honestly sick of being unhappy and forced to live here . my grandma went to court a few years ago after my mom died but the judge granted my dad custody just because he’s my biological father Which is bull******** because I’ve been telling people for years how unhappy I am here . I’ve only been back in this hell hole for about a week and I’m so fed up I don’t know if I should end it all or run away but at the same time I don’t want my family in Virginia to be hurt.. I’ve been looking on the internet for what I can do to get out of this situation. I’m trying my best to reach out for help , but if I can’t leave this home with legal help I feel that running away is my only option. I just wish my dad would let me go back to live in Virginia with my family I actually want to be with but he refuses to let me live there , him and his wife just want to keep me trapped here under there control ! what can I do ? I’m really trying to find a way out

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            • ccsmod0
              ccsmod0 commented
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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 dad and his wife. 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. For more specifics on the law, the local non-emergency police or legal aid may better answer legal questions.
              The easiest way to leave home is with your parents' 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 parents. Maybe your grandparents can help convince your dad to allow you to stay with them for awhile. 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.
              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 would like to look into further emotional support options, you can text with a crisis worker at the National Alliance on Mental Illness 24/7 by texting "NAMI" to 741741.
              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

          • #13
            so im bout turn 16 in november and my dad and his girlfriend of 14 years are both physically and verbally abusive to me and im sick of it because of them i have anxiety and depression and ive wanted tokill myself plenty of times and run away but i cant cus they will call the cops on me and my sister used to get abused to and she would call the cops but my parents would lie to the cops and the cops would believe my parents cus she was a "kid" anyways i cant call the cops my parents will just lie and if i call cps ill probably be put in foster care cus i got taken away from my mom when i was younger cus she did meth and herione so i have no where to go no family on mom side i never met them and my dad side of the family hates me except one cousin and uncle but they cant do nun and my sister was gonna try and adopt me but she has to be 25 and when shes 25 ill me 18 by then so it wont matter but i need to get out this house i tried looking up ways to get emancipated but i have to have parents consent and i know they wont let me do that but my boyfriend he lives a state away and we been talking bout me moving there but if i go there like "run away" then i dont want him getting in trouble or me so what options do i have to get out this house

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            • ccsmod15
              ccsmod15 commented
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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. It sounds like you’re fearing that the situation may end in suicide if things don’t change. Your safety and well-being is important. If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255); www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org is also a great resource to reach out to in addition to our crisis services. Often, having a safe space to share how you’re feeling may bring a variety of solutions previously not thought of. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. This may be an isolating and lonely time for you, but you are not alone in this. We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time.

              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).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.

              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. For more specifics on the law, the local non-emergency police or legal aid may better answer legal questions.
              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).

              We hope to hear from you soon.
              Be safe and stay strong,
              NRS

          • #14
            Not too long ago I was forced into an adoption and I had no say in it all. My adopted parents mentally and emotionally abuse me. I feel as if they only adopted me to make them look like they contribute into our economy... like I'm some charity case. In my past I've dealt with ALL forms of abuse so I'm very damaged and traumatized due to it. I've recently just gotten out of my suicidal stage and had stopped with the self harm. I feel as if I'm mentally and emotionally unstable and I would like to run away. Most teens my age may exaggerate a bit when talking about their parents but my adopted parents are truly monsters. They are racist, stereotypical, very judgmental , they constantly body shame me and make me not want to even eat anymore, they discriminate people based off appearances, sexuality, weight, they also lack sympathy, etc.. My adopted dad is weirdly obsessed with me and it makes me extremely uncomfortable. My adopted mom told me a while ago she's been feeding me less so that I could train my body to take in less food so that I wouldn't be fat... mind you not I'm a 15 year old girl who's 5'5 and weighs like 140 pounds I'm perfectly healthy, I'm just a teenager who's still growing. I think it's best for me to runaway since the pros of running away are over weighing the cons. Do you have any advice?

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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, and we want you to know you are not alone.
              It sounds like you are dealing with emotional abuse, any type of abuse is unacceptable. You do have a right to make an abuse report and there are a few ways you can go about making a report. One option to consider would be to call Child Help at 1800- go about making a report. One option to consider would be to call Child Help at 1800-422-4453. You can also tell a trusted adult or a school counselor and they would be able to help you make a report. You can also chat or call us and we can help you make a report.
              You mentioned wanting to run away, we are not legal experts but we do have some information on what could happen. Because you are a minor if you were to leave without permission your legal guardian does have the right to file a runaway report. If the police were to find you they most likely would bring you back home. We can help you look for shelters or safe places to go. Also we are glad to hear that you are no longer feeling suicidal. If you ever start to feel suicidal again you can always call The National Suicide Prevention Hotline at: 1800-273-8255.
              We hope that this information will be helpful to you in your situation. If you have any other questions or would like to explore more options please give us a call. We are here 24/7 to listen and to provide support. Best of luck!
              NRS

          • #15
            My 16 year old is abusive and hides it well, I have CPTSD and I have frequent attacks because of her constant pressure and violative behavior. I asked the state to pick her up cause we are sleeping in the car. However, the State is trying to force me to rush to get housing and I still live in the car. Truthfully I don’t want her to return so I am avoiding her. I’m scared of her and no one is listening.

            help

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            • ccsmod1
              ccsmod1 commented
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              Hello,

              Thank you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. It takes a lot of courage and bravery to contact us, and we are here for you in the midst of this crisis. You are not alone.

              It sounds like you’re having a frustrating and difficult experience with your daughter at the current moment. It can be incredibly difficult to navigate behavior that feels abusive and violating, especially when you’ve reached out for help and haven’t gotten the support you’ve needed. One resource that may be helpful to know about is MINS/CHINS (Minors in Need of Supervision/Children in Need of Supervision) programs that exist in many states in the U.S. This resource would allow you to get a caseworker assigned to you and your daughter’s situation and would provide you with more individualized care and support for the conflict. Each state that has MINS/CHINS has its own specific program qualifications and contact information, and we would be happy to provide those for you if you gave us a call or chatted with us online. We can also help you problem solve an think of alternative options if your state does not have these programs.

              If you would like to discuss your situation further and access more resources, we encourage you to call us at 1(800) 786-2929, or chat live with us online at www.1800runaway.org. Both of these hotlines are staffed 24/7, so we are always here to listen and assist you.

              Thank you again for contacting the National Runaway Safeline. We wish you the best of luck, and hope you stay safe out there.

              NRS
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