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    My daughter has ran away for home, I called the police and made a report. What else can I do?

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    RE: Teen Runaway

    Hello-
    Thanks for contacting the National Runaway Safeline. We are very sorry to hear that your daughter has run away. You seem to care about your daughter very much, and are eager to do anything you can to get her safely home. We are glad you reached out to us and we will help you in any way we can.

    It seems that you have already filed a report, which is a good first step. Although we are not legal experts. You could consider trying to locate her through friends or family that she may be in contact with, or putting up missing person posters. You can also try by checking on her social media pages such as Facebook or Instagram, to see if she has left an indication of where she could be. If you find out that your daughter is staying with any adult 18 years old or older, you can press charges against the adult for ‘Harboring a runaway.’

    The National Center on Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) could be a really helpful resource. NCMEC has programs and services to assist law enforcement, families and professionals in finding a child who has run away or is missing. You can reach NCMEC at 1-800-843-5678.

    Child Find of America is another great resource you can call. The number will connect you with an intake coordinate who will explain the process to you and guide you through the necessary steps you could take to find your daughter. You can reach Child Find of America at 1-800-426-5678.

    Another good number to call is Team H.O.P.E. Team H.O.P.E offers peer support to families of missing youth from a group of people who have had a child missing at some point. They know the pain, fear, frustration and loneliness that comes with having a missing. You can reach Team HOPE at 1-866-305-4673.

    If you reach out to us at 1-800- RUNAWAY (786-2929), we can get more information from you that we can use to help connect you with any additional services you may be interested in. We are a 24/7 confidential hotline and would love to provide you with the support you need.

    We wish you the best of luck and hope to hear from you soon!
    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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