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  • Run away in Alabama

    Son is 17 years old , ran away last week ! Then came back to the house and stole all kinds of prescription drugs, jewelry, gun etc etc

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    Hello there, thanks for reaching out today. That seems incredibly hurtful that your son ran away and then stole various belongings. It also is very concerning that he also took a gun. Here at NRS, we truly want to help.

    We are not legal experts, but we can speak generally. If you haven't already, you might try to reach out to your local police and report him as a runaway, and to report your items stolen. If you report him as a runaway and he is found he generally would be returned home by police. However, it is possible he could be arrested for the things he has stolen. We do have legal aid resources here if you would like to talk to a legal expert about your situation. Please call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY for those resources.

    If you have a way to communicate with your son either through email, text, phone, or social media you can inform him that we are offer confidential 24/7 support. We can try to locate some resources that could be of assistance, wherever he is located, to help keep him safe. If you do not have contact with your child, we also offer a message service where parents can call us to leave a message for their child. If the youth calls in, we can deliver this message. We also take messages from youth to their parents that we deliver as well. This can be a great option for you to express yourself in a safe, productive, and non-confrontational way. If you choose to utilize our message service, we encourage you to spread the word to anyone you think may be in contact with your child to increase the chances of your message being retrieved.

    Unfortunately we do not have a service that assists with locating youth, but there are agencies that offer to help in this way. One option is the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children which can be reached at 1-800-843-5678 or this link http://www.missingkids.com/home. You can also try Child Find at 1800-426-5678 or at this link http://childfindofamerica.org/.

    During a time like this, it can be important to remember your own self-care. Taking care of yourself and feeling heard can make an overwhelming situation more manageable. You can always call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY to talk or find additional resources.

    Best,

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

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