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  • Guest
    Guest replied
    I lost my rights unfortunately due to my failure to cooperate. So my daughter was placed with her aunt on her dad's side n another city. We still have contact with each other with her aunt's ok.. but a few days ago my daughter called me and said she ran away. She said she was going to get a ride to my house in another city 5 hours away from her aunt's house. She showed up at my grandma's house the other day and now I'm not sure what to do. She said that she is not going back because her aunt is verbally abusive and she can't take it anymore. I don't want to lose her in the system due to her bad decision making and I don't want to turn her away but I know it's not going to go well for any of us if I don't do something. What is the best way possible to make she she is not placed where she is unhappy and gonna run away from again and I'm afraid she may not reach out to me again and be lost in the world of runaways or something worse..

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  • ccsmod5
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    Hello! Thank you for reaching out to NRS. This sounds like a very tough situation to be in, I am sorry you’re going through this. Having a family member assault you is absolutely not okay and is never your fault. That should not have happened and you family should not be ignoring you telling them about it.



    There are a few options to consider, you could report this to the police. You would likely be removed from your home and the family member would be investigated. This requires a lot of paperwork and potentially going to court but is an option to consider.



    Running away is an option but your family could report you as a runaway and you could be returned home if found by police.



    A third option to consider is disclosing what is going on to an adult at your school. Many people who work in schools are “mandated reporters” which means they must report to the police if they suspect a child is being abused or harmed. This would take the responsibility of going to the police off of you, but they would likely send a CPS worker or officer to speak with you.



    All that being said, we may be able to help you more specifically if you use out 24/7 anonymous chat line. We could have a deeper conversation and find some more specific resources for you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Our safeline is available 24/7 and someone is always around to talk with you. Here is our website and phone number. https://www.1800runaway.org/ 1-800-runaway

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    I'm 15 years old and I'm in cps custody, I have run away before but the urge to do it again is high. I'm in a situation where I have no idea what to do, I live with family members and one of them sexually assaulted me yesterday morning but the rest of them think I'm lying and are letting the man that did it stay in the home still. I have no urge to stay here and feel like I have done something wrong therefore I want to run away. 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 situation, and we want you to know that you are not alone.

    We are not legal experts but we do have some information on the what could happen if you were to leave. If you were to leave home it is a possibility that your foster parent could file a runaway report and if the police were to find you they could bring you back.

    If your baby’s father has custody then most likely social services would not take your baby if the father is taking care of the baby. You could always call social services and talk to a social worker and find out what would happen to your baby if you did decide to leave.

    Running away is not your only option, and we can help you explore all of your options before you make a decision. We are available 24/7 to listen and to provide support to you. We wish you the best of luck!
    NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    I’m 17 I’m gonna be 18 on October 15 2022 I live in Virginia and I want to run away cause I don’t like living with my foster parent she is a creepy and manipulated person but I have a newborn baby and my baby father have custody from him can I run away and give my baby to my baby father and social services won’t take my kid even if I’m in the run I’m planning to come back when I’m 18 just to sign myself out from social services

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  • ccsmod15
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    Hello and thank you for reaching out to NRS! We are saddened to hear about your situation and that you haven't been able to get the help you need and deserve! You deserve to be treated with unconditional love and kindness and and to feel safe in your home. We would like to offer you some resources that may be helpful to you. The National child abuse hotline is 1-800-422-4433 or you can go to their website at www.childhelp.org. There is a live chat available on the website or you can text or call the number. They are available 24/7. Another option that you may want to consider is checking out www.justiceforchildren.org which is a place to reach out to when CPS or the court system has not helped. The helpline for Justice for children is 1-800-733-0059. They are open for calls mon-friday from 8am-5pm CST. You can also reach us through our chatline at www.1800runaway.org or call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) if you'd like to speak more about your options. We are available 24/7 to listen and help. We hope that this response is helpful to you! Please reach back out at anytime if there is anything else we can help you with. Wishing you all the best! NRS!

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    Hello so I am currectly in a shelter right now, i a m 15 years old. I ran away from my house like 2 weeks ago and last week the cops reeturned me back home on thursday and i warned them my parents were gonna hurt me, they didnt listen, i returned home and they hit me with a TV Cable, it left me a lo t of bruises. I reported it to the school counselor, they involved Cps and the police too, they took my dad but they didnt take my mom. My mom has also been treating me awfully, from hurting me to abusing me emotionally and verbally. its been really tough. on friday the police told me to choose if i wanted to go home or go to the shelter here in new york, i obviously decided the shelter but now i think they are taking me out of here this week and i am really scared because i talked to my cps worker and she said I have to go back home, I am very upset that they dont understand the situation and want me to go back home after everything that has happened. Im scared cps takes me out of here even though i warned her and something bad happens or something even worse

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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. 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.
    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 forum 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

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    If a 17yr old runs away from cps in kentucky and stays away until they are 18 will they face any legal charges?

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  • Guest
    Guest replied
    Im 16 about to be 17 i ran away from my group home in va and i was in cps care when i turn 18 will they stop looking for me? And can i just go back to my life or will i get charge

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  • ccsmod7
    commented on Guest's reply
    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. They can tell you more about how CPS could respond to your situation. If you ever need assistance calling out to CPS to make an abuse or neglect report please call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY.

    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

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    I'm 15 and has been mentally and physically abused from my mom. and a case has been open about my dad neglecting me that was a big fat lie I can't believe that. Now their calling like If their going to take me away and take me back to my mom's and I'm planning to run away I'm terrified of my mom.

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  • ccsmod15
    commented on Guest's reply
    Hi there,

    Thank you so much for reaching out to us. We don't have access to any state or federal databases that grant us permission to see state employee information. However, if you know her first and last name you may be able to find her via a google search, on LinkedIn, or other platforms. You could also try calling her old office to see if they could tell you where she is, or even see if they could give you the information you are looking for. We would be happy to talk with you more about how you could search for her, and possibly help you with it. We don't make calls out to young people, so you would need to reach us by calling 1-800-RUNAWAY or chatting with us through our website, www.1800runaway.org, We would be happy to help in any way that we can.

    Best of luck,
    NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    I need to get a hold of my case worker but I don't know how she is and I have been on the run for like 3 years and I live in Arizona and I need to just get a hold of here and my number is *** *** **** plz lmk I need to get my information
    Last edited by ccsmod15; 06-27-2021, 12:11 AM. Reason: Maintaining confidentiality

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  • ccsmod3
    commented on Guest's reply
    Hi there, thanks for reaching out to our forum. It sounds like you're terrified of being blamed for something that wasn't in your hands. Furthermore, those concerns seem like they'd be stressful to manage. Legal trouble is no joke.

    It may be helpful for you to explore your legal options in order to be ready to defend yourself. Without the details however, it might be hard to explore those options. You can always reach out to us through phone at 1.800.RUNAWAY or talk to us through our online chat to talk further about your options. We are here for 24/7 crisis support. Take care, and good luck!
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