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  • #91
    Hi I'm 14 and I've lived with my dad and grandparents my whole life but I really want to live with my mom but they wont let me and I don't know how I can make it to where she has full custody... Is there anyway?

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    • ccsmod6
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      Hello and thank you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. We’re sorry to hear that your dad and grandparents are not letting you live with your mother. While we are not legal experts, we do have a great deal of experience working with youths in crisis. It is our understanding that your mom and or dad would have to go through the courts or through lawyers in order to change your custody. We do have referrals to legal services if you are interested, but we can only provide those through our chat service or over the phone.

      If you would like those referrals or to ask any other questions, please don’t hesitate to reach back out at 1-800-786-2929 or 1800runaway.org.

      Take care,
      NRS

  • #92
    Hi I want to live with my dad and I don’t know if I can!!


    I really like it here at my moms I mean I have siblings and all that but I would rather be over my dads house. It’s much cleaner over there but yea I just wanna live there until my mom and her husband get their house and that’s for a few months. My mom won’t let me go over there when ever I want to so I really can’t see my dad when ever I please but that’s fine. I love it over my dads house. I also will feel bad that I’m not going to be over my moms house as much because of what I do over my dads house. I probably won’t see much of my family over my dads house because I will be over my moms house and I don’t want that to be honest I’m really just looking for some advice. Can anyone help me?

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      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. We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time.
      It seems like your parents might be separated or divorced. If this is the case your mom might have full or most of the custody rights for you. You shouldn’t feel guilty for wanting to see your dad even if it means not seeing your other family as much.
      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 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately.
      We hope to hear from you soon.
      Be safe, NRS

  • #93
    hi, my mom is constantly taking my phone and making my life miserable. my sister is also very rude to be including my stepdad. my phone is the only way for me to contact my friends and having some sort of way to feel happy by talking to people who actually care what I have to say. well, my mom took my phone and it'll be for months this time and I don't know if ill is able to do that,. we just recently moved to a new county where I know no one and I have to start a new school without a phone and knowing no one and high school can be hard with things like that going on. well, I really just want to move to Florida with my dad. he understands me and lets me have some sort of freedom my mom never let me have. my mom won't let me leave though, I just want to know ways I can be able to leave without her getting in the way.

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    • ccsmod16
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      Hello,
      Thanks for reaching out to NRS today. We’re sorry to hear about your situation with your family. It sounds really hard. It’s really challenging to start school in a new place and have to meet new people. It can be scary and it can be exhausting.

      It sounds like having a phone to communicate with your friends back in your old county is important to you. It also sounds like something could have happened between you and mom that caused her to take it for so long a time. If you would like to try, we could have a conference call with you and mom to see if there’s anything you can do that might make her change her mind about the phone, or we could focus on seeing if you’d be able to go live with dad for a while. It’s up to you what we talk about. All you would have to do is call 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) and someone here would be happy to make that conference call happen. We can’t take sides, but we’ll make sure your voice is heard and you are able to express yourself to mom about how you’ve been feeling.

      We could also try to explore some more about the situation and maybe there’s a way to have dad talk to mom about it or maybe even another family member or friend. You might also have to cope with the loss of this connection to your friends and maybe there’s an alternative we can talk about with you for communicating with your friends while mom has your phone.

      There’s a lot of things to talk about, it seems, so we do want to invite you to connect with us directly! Our hotline is 24/7 and we also have a Live Chat right here on this website.

      Best of luck to you,
      NRS

  • #94
    i wanna live with my dad but my mom keeping me away from him livin with my mom is hard she me feel like ima brown banna while the rest of my siblings are yellow im not good i love to live my dad my mom she ust hit me with a cord she gave my phone to a child and i cant get it back tbh she making hate myself all i am is nice to people then people like her come in my life and mess it all up i love my dad he is so nice but my mom is keeping me from momthe last i saw my dad when i was six sitting in the front seat and my started a whole arguement my dad loves me and ik it its ust the fact that my mom knowes he love me more than her

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    • ccsmod1
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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. It must be really hard to live in a home with so much tension. You mentioned that your mom has previously hit you with a cord and it raises a lot of concern for your safety and well-being. Absolutely no one deserves to be abused. If you are currently 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/. We can also help you to file a report if that’s the route you are considering. It may also be a good idea to explore options for staying with another family member or someone you trust as far as transferring custody.

      It's great to hear that you and your dad have such a strong relationship. It may be beneficial to speak with your dad directly about your desire to live with him. Sometimes custody transfers will need to go through the family court system and it may be beneficial to speak with a legal advocate. If you need help locating a legal aid group near you you can check out https://www.lawhelp.org/find-help/.

      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

  • #95
    Hey um could you tell me what I should do in my situation thx.

    so when I was five I lived with my father until then and my mother had multiple boyfriends after that we moved a lot and now my mom is settling down and she has another kid and she’s thinking of marrying this guy but now they’re doing drugs like edibles and smoking weed and she doesn’t respect my personal space don’t even have a normal door knob you can just literally push my door open and the door knob does even work Nor does the lock so now I have a small space in my closet where I can be alone my mom just taken away my phone even though I asked her to light a candle so I wouldn’t smell the weed and my mother is the greatest but she is a terrible individual and my father is a better person than she will ever be.

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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. We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time.
      Generally custody is a court issue and as such if you did want to live with your dad instead of mom he would need to go through the courts to get full custody of you instead of your mom. It seems like thinks are frustrating at your moms and it is understandable to not enjoy the smell of weed all over the house. Depending on your state that might be an offence that you could use as leverage to go live with your dad.
      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 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately.
      We hope to hear from you soon.
      Be safe, NRS

  • #96
    I live with my mom but want to live with my dad. I'm 15 with two younger sisters. My mom has it rough with providing for the three of us even with the child support. We live in a 1 bedroom apartment and it's a mess, always have been. I'm not proud when I think of the place I live. There is stuff everywhere, about 70% of the carpets can't be seen with clothes, trash and other items laying around. Cans are all over the place for my mom love mountain dew. Yes, me and my sisters help with creating the mess but I feel whenever I clean something by the end of the week it's dirty again. We don't have a table for my academics either. I want to be able to go to college/university when the time comes to be succesful in life, but I can't consetrate to do my what I need in school to pass. I also feel that my bond with my mom is more sisterly than motherly. She is great and I love her so much but raising 3 girls on your with growing needs is not helping her. She tries and I appreciate but I can't help but want to lift some weight from her shoulders. With my dad he can meet more of the needs for to live. Most of my immediate family is there too. I will have the support as a growing human. My thing is I'm scared of how my mom will react. She has confessed times in the past that she doesn't wan't us living with our dad. I'm scared to think that she'll believe I don't love her.

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    • ccsmod15
      ccsmod15 commented
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      Thanks for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline! It sounds like you’re going through a lot right now at home. It can take a lot of courage to reach out to others for help, so we’re glad you reached out to look for options and talk to us about what’s going on. It sounds like you have a good relationship with your mom, and you do care about each other. Have you considered or tried having a conversation with her about living with your dad? Or, if you talk to your dad, would you feel more comfortable having a conversation with him first? We know that this can be a difficult thing to do, so it might be helpful to write a letter to your parents about how you’re feeling. You could mention some of what you told us about how you do love your mom and you see her trying to support you and your sisters, but how you feel about wanting to live with your dad. If this option doesn’t work for you, you can always call us and we can do a conference call with you. This would be a three-way call with you, your parent, and us, and sometimes this is helpful to keep the conversation calm and focused.
      Another option is to talk to a lawyer that specializes in family law about this. If either one of your parents has a lawyer they could talk to them, too. We’re not legal experts, but they may be more familiar with your situation and be able to help. Again, thanks for reaching out to the NRS. It takes a lot of strength ask for help, and it’s great to see your taking steps to help keep yourself safe and working towards your goals. If you’d like to talk about your situation further, we’re always here 24/7 at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or you can chat with us on our website. We wish you the best of luck! NRS

  • #97
    im 15 and im scared to even bring up the question to go live with my dad because i think i would make her more upset but shes made life miserable by taking my phone wont let go any where only sometimes and she keeps me doing things like i dont even have a say like i like football but after that she tries to keep me in more sports but i cant keep up with my grades and its putting so my stress on me because then she get angry that im failing and ive tried to tell her that i need to take a break on things so i can keep my grade up but shes not listening and she has to deal with my little brother who has hes own problems so its to the point i just rather live my dad also i only see him every other weekend and he gets me on the summers i just more time with him before its too late and i go to college ive lived with my mom my whole life and i fell like i want a change

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    • ccsmod15
      ccsmod15 commented
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      Hello,
      Thank you for reaching out to us. We are so sorry that things at home with your mom have been so challenging. It sounds like you would like to explore whether living with your dad is an option for you, but you have a lot of concerns regarding how your mom would handle that discussion. We can do our best to help you explore options.

      You mentioned earlier that it has been difficult for your mom to hear you when you tell her that you need to change the way things are going with school and activities. If possible, consider reaching out to an adult that you trust, like a teacher or a family friend, who can help you approach your mom and possibly help mediate a conversation to help her understand your concerns. We can help act as a mediator over the phone if you do not have an adult that you think might be able to help. If you are considering living with your dad, it may help to talk to him about your desire to live with him. He would have a better idea of how to proceed if you discuss how long you would like to live with him so that he can figure out if he can petition for a change in the custody agreement. Knowing what he may or may not be able to do can help you figure out the best approach to take with your mom. If you would like to discuss your situation further, please feel free to give us a call.

      Whatever you decide, know that we are here for you. We cannot tell you what to do, but we will do our best to help you stay safe regardless of what you decide to do. You can reach us 24/7 by phone at 1.800.RUNAWAY (786.2929) or by chatting with us at www.1800runaway.org . We are here to listen, here to help. Stay safe!
      -NRS

  • #98
    Hi i guess. I’m currently 14 and am Turing 15 in about a little over a month. And I’m pretty sure my mom has custody over me. I’m also with my mom for most of the time and visit my dad every other weekend. My parents divorced when I was about 2. Ive wanted to move in with my dad probably since i was 9 or 10. But as of recently staying with my mom has brought me a lot of stress and i feel as if she treats me unfair upon my other 2 siblings. She yells at me for the littles things and calls me names which makes me feel really poorly about myself. I love my mom i just need a break from the stress. Ive also asked her before when i was younger if i could move in with my dad since he is all alone by himself for pretty much the whole year expect the times I’m with him(which is very little), but every time she says no. But I’m older now and can hold more responsibility than before. My dad truly is a good person, he also use to yell at me for the smallest things but that was when he was addicted to alcohol. He is changed now and is now longer addicted. I also carry a much stronger connection with my father. i don’t know what i should do.

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    • ccsmod9
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      First of all, thank you for reaching out to NRS today. It was a very brave thing to do. We are sorry your mom is treating you in a way that makes you feel stressed and not good about yourself. It may be helpful to get a bit more information about who has custody over you. One option could be to ask either your mom or dad the details on the custody information. You mentioned that you dad used to be addicted to alcohol. One hotline you can reach out to is "SAMHSA" at 1-800-662-4357. They deal with alcohol addiction within the family. This may help teach your mom more about how your dad’s past addiction and learn more about it yourself. One service that we offer here at NRS is something called a conference call. You reach out on our hotline, give us a little background of what is going on, and then ask to have a conference call allowing you to speak to your mom with the support of one of our liners. They will be able to mediate the conversation and allow you to talk to your mom that way. It might be a great way to talk about what you are going through and where this feelings might be coming from or to maybe build on your relationship and make it better. Something constructive so that it certainly opens the lines of communication, but that service is completely up to you. If you wanted to, you could also include your dad in this conference call to talk to them both at once. Lastly, you can use our chat service to have a more in depth conversation and explore a few more resources. Our number is 1-800-RUNAWAY and our website is https://www.1800runaway.org. We are here 24/7 and always ready to listen so do not hesitate to contact us again. We are so glad you reached out to us and know it is sometime difficult to ask for help.
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