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  • Hi I’m 17 years old ,I stay in South African
    My mom doesn’t care about me and she has made that very clear ,I want to leave ,or runaway cause I can’t that this any longer as I may even kill myself ,I need help .
    please .

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      Hi there,

      Thanks for reaching out to NRS. You deserve to feel cared for and supported, and it is really brave of you to reach out for help. For the most part our services are only available in the US. However, you might find more local resources on the Child Helpline International website (https://www.childhelplineinternational.org/ ). Also, if you are in crisis and need immediate support, you can call Lifeline South Africa (0861) 322 322, which is a 24 hour help line. Talking thing through with someone you trust or with this hotline would be a good idea if you are having suicidal thoughts.

      We hope these resources can be helpful to you.

      Stay safe,

      NRS

  • hi i am 14 and thinking about running away

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      Hi,
      Thanks for reaching out; we are glad that you did. It sounds like you are thinking about running away, and we would best be able to help you if you reach out to our live services so we can talk this over with you. You can chat us through this website, or call our hotline at 1-800-RUNAWAY. We are here to help 24/7.
      We truly hope to hear from you soon.
      Sincerely,
      NRS

  • Im 15 and want to run away to an ophange but without my parants knowing

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      Hello,

      Thank you for contacting the National Runaway Safeline. It sounds like you are considering running away and want to go to an orphanage. We are here for you 24/7 and want you to know that you are not alone. We work best when we an have a conversation with you; we believe you and we are always here to listen and help.

      We want to make sure you are safe. We cannot provide a specific detail since we need your location and demographic details. National Safe Place provides access to immediate help and supportive resources for youth in need. The website can locate a safe place or provide support: https://www.nationalsafeplace.org/.

      Again, we are here as support to help through this challenging time. If you would like to talk more in detail please call or chat soon at our website https://www.nationalrunawaysafeline.org/ .

      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
      1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)

  • I am Bisexual, and my parents are kinda homophobic because they don't care if my brother or sister is part of LGBTQ, but if I'm in it, most likely I'll be DISOWNED. I can't call you because I live in a frickin camper, and I can't get a phone because I've tried to tell on them and they don't trust me. So if I can. I need some tips for running away. if you could get me on an online texting platform. Thanks. and my email is only available for weekends, holidays, etc. please let me out of here or ill go by myself and possibly get INJURED. i also need a list of things I need to bring... thanks.

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      Thanks for reaching out to us at the National Runaway Safeline. You made a great first step to finding the help that you may need. It sounds like you are going through a lot and the people around you are not being supportive. You deserve to be treated with respect, to experience acceptance and to feel safe.

      We want you to know that you are strong for having gone through so much already. It is perfectly okay to deviate from what others or the common population believe to be “normal”. Your bravery and resilience is so admirable. You are so strong for having gone through so much without having the acceptance that you do deserve for just being you. Remember that you are not alone. If you ever want to talk more about what you are experiencing or get additional support we are here 24/7 at 1800-RUNAWAY or our live chat service. The GLBT National Hotline at 1888-843-4564 is another option to gain great support from those that are familiar with the issues and experiences of those that are also a part of the LGBTQ community. You can access their website link bellow to utilize all the other possibly useful resources they have to offer: http://www.glbthotline.org/

      You mentioned that you were considering the options that may be best for you. By all means, if you do fear for your safety either now or in the future, do not hesitate to take the necessary steps to regain your safety. This may mean calling the authorities or possibly reporting the things you may be experiencing. Other options to think about may be other family members, friends, or a trusted adults that would be able to provide you with support or a safe place to stay. It is great that you thinking ahead. Should you feel like leaving home is best, it may be a good idea to think about how you will provide necessities for yourself such as food, clothing, showers, healthcare and other basic needs. You may want to also consider how your parent’s will react to you leaving without permission. We are not legal experts here, but typically as a minor (under the age of 1 you need permission from your parents to leave home. It is not illegal to runaway, but it would mean that your parents could file a runaway report with the police. This is usually done in an effort to try to return you home as the police are required to do so.

      If you can give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY or reach out through Live Chat we can try to find some youth shelters that may be near your city and state by utilizing our database of resources. We can also try to call out to shelters with you or on your behalf to advocate for you.

      Stay Strong,
      NRS

  • I’m 11 and in bad situation I want to run away without my parents knowing but I have no phone or anything but 22 dollars, but I can’t leave my cats behind Maddie and buckeye it’s also the middle of winter and my parents abuse me, hit me and call me mean names

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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 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 Child Protective Services (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 is at 1-800-RUNAWAY.

      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. 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.

      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

  • Hi I’m 19years old I want to stay in orphanage and help out childerans as volunteer also please help me out or I have no other way than sucide

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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.
      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.
      NRS

  • Hi,im 14 currently live in Malaysia, country in South East Asia.Im currently live with my family but my family hates me alot.i dont wanna live with my family anymore i wanted to move out,is there any help out there? I consider move out instead of suicide because i don't wanna let my friend know i died because of my self it's so embarrassing

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      Hi there,
      Thank you for reaching out to us here at the National Runaway Safeline. It sounds like you’re going through a lot right now. We know that it takes great courage to reach out for help. You mentioned that you live in Malaysia. Unfortunately, The National Runaway Safeline is located in the United States of America (USA). Our knowledge is limited to laws and resources within 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/.
      You mentioned that you’ve considered suicide in the past. Your safety and well-being are important. If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to local emergency resources. Your life has meaning and value.
      We’re sorry that we can’t be of any more help, but we sincerely hope that you’re able to find local resources through Child Helpline International that may be able to better assist you.
      All the best,
      NRS

  • Hi I'm 13 and I'm thinking of running away now... My father wants to send me somewhere bad to live to stay away from him. I would like to stay away from him, but I don't like the place where he is sending me to. Recently I accidentally fell asleep on my homework for 2 minutes, the next thing I knew was that my father was slapping the ******** out of me. Not only did he do that, he also set my phone on fire in front of my face, I cant even ask for help properly. (I'm using my old phone to do this) My mother is pretty ok compared to my father, although she isn't as good as the average mother. So I'm thinking of running away, but I don't know where to go or how to live a normal life after running away.

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      Hi, we're glad you're reaching out for help. It sounds like your home environment has been physically and emotionally abusive. You do not deserve to be treated the way you have been treated. At the age of 13 running away can be difficult, but there are some potential options out there. You could contact us through a live chat (1800runaway.org) or call us (1-800-RUNAWAY) and we could file a report about what's been going on at home, which could lead to an investigation of your dad's behavior. We could also look in your area to see if there are any shelters for people your age available. It can also be good to talk to someone you trust about what you need and what you are thinking of doing, whether it is a friend, a teacher, or a school counselor. Even if they can't change the situation at home, it can feel better to relieve some of the stress by talking about it.

      If none of those are options, or in addition to those options, you can contact Childhelp, an organization dedicated to helping people your age in similar circumstances. You can live chat them at https://childhelphotline.org/ or call 1-(800) 422-4453.

      You don't have to handle this alone, and deserve an ally as you work through this.

  • Hello , I am 15 years old and as much as I love my parents I can’t deal with them anymore . My mom doesn’t hit me but sometimes she has, she manipulates me and always tells me mean stuff . My friends say it’s emotional abuse but I don’t understand she has always done it . My dad is in my life but only because he is still in love with my mom . My parents are divorced and my step mom doesn’t really like me . My dad doesn’t want me at his house at all he only really keeps me there when my mom doesn’t want me at home . I want to run away but I have no money and no family members and I’m scared that the police will catch me and make me go back home . I fear that if they make me go back home it will be worse.

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      Thank you for reaching out. It sounds like you’re in a really tough situation. You do not deserve to be emotionally abused. Here is a referral for help for emotional abuse:

      Childhelp
      At Childhelp, our goal is to meet the physical, emotional, educational, and spiritual needs of abused, neglected and at-risk children. The Childhelp ...
      www.childhelp.org/
      Hotline: (800) 422-4453
      Business: (480) 922-8212
      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. 1800runaway.org or 1800-RUNAWAY can help you get information for local shelters in your area. We can also assist in finding other resources. Your school counselor may be another resource for you in the meantime. Best wishes. We are here if you need any support.

  • I’m 13 and currently living in a homeless shelter with my abusive mom, she’s always getting mad over the littlest things and will take her anger out on me and my siblings by yelling, screaming, hitting us or throwing things. She cannot provide for us and sometimes we don’t have food, she also neglects my emotions, the other day I was crying and she told me I was doing it for attention just so people would feel bad for me. Being homeless is already a lot to deal with and she just makes it worse, she hasn’t done anything to help the situation and she won’t let me stay with family or speak to them. I’ve thought about calling cps but I know they won’t help with much. I just wanna know if there are any other places I could stay without her or if there’s any possibility of her losing custody.

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      Thank you for reaching out to us, it takes a lot of courage to ask for help and we’re so glad you shared some of what’s going on. We’re so sorry about the abuse that you are experiencing, it’s not okay the way that your mom is treating you. It sounds like you have a lot going on between your living situation and the difficulties with your mom, I imagine that is really tough! While we aren’t legal experts and therefore can’t provide legal advice specific to your situation, we are available 24/7 if you’d like to call or chat with us to talk about options. To get more specific information it could be helpful to contact legal services in your area. If you wanted some help finding resources, you can always call or chat us and we can try to help guide you toward these resources. You can also contact your local police department’s non-emergency number for questions about local runaway laws and responses.

      It sounds like you’ve already begun thinking about options including other family members or Child Protective Services. One of our staff would be happy to discuss options further with you if you reach out to 1-800-RUNAWAY or chat with us at 1800runaway.org.



      We hope this was helpful information and hope you reach out if there is anything else you need! We are only able to respond by forum two times so if you would like to talk with someone live please contact us at 1-800-RUNAWAY or chat with us on our website https://www.1800runaway.org/.



      We wish you the best of luck in this difficult situation and are always here if you want to reach back out!



      NRS Team

  • Hello, I am 13 and I have been going through numerous conditions that I can not take anymore. I want to know that I matter and that I have a life in which I feel secure. I want freedom and education to pressure my career in high school and college. But I feel like I can not be the perfect child my parents want me to be. I want a new family which they will support me and my decisions. Do you have any advice?

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    • Hi. I am 15 years old and I want to go to an orphanage bc my parents are mean. How can I do that?

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        Hello! Thank you for reaching out to us about this issue. It can be really tough to not have a good relationship with your parents. Leaving home is an option if you are unhappy. It is important to know that all youth homes and shelters have a responsibility to try and contact your parents to let them know where you are. So if your parents would want you back they would be able to come and get you.



        In more serious situations, if you are in danger being around your parents, you may be able to go through the police or social services to be removed from your home. This would require a formal police report and would not guarantee you being removed from your home. This is an option that we can help you with should you decide to take this route.



        We would likely be able to assist you further if you use our chat service or call the hotline, so we can get some more information about your situation. We are available 24 hours a day so please never hesitate to reach out to us.

    • Hi,
      I'm 14 and my mother said she doesn't want me anymore she said for me to go to a orphanage.

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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. 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

    • Hi I'm 12 and I wanna run away from my verbaly abusive mom and my dirty home I have a bit of saved up money but it's in change I think I have some where to go but i also broke my ankle at school very recently (mom didn't care for me when that happened) Please help I don't know what to do

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        Hi, there! Thanks for writing us. Sounds like you want to leave home due to your mom’s verbal abuse and the unclean conditions. This is understandable, since you deserve to be talked to with love and respect and deserve to live in a clean house.

        Given that you are 12, you are under the age of majority. In most states, this age of majority is 18. You are still a minor, so your mom is legally responsible for you. As you may know, if you run away, your mom may file a runaway report. Running away is a status offense. Usually, police return youth who run back home. However, the response varies as far as police response. You know your own situation best. Have you considered calling the National Child Abuse Hotline regarding the verbal abuse and neglect through the unclean house? If you feel unsafe, it is very important that you know that you can call the local police through 911 and the National Child Abuse Hotline. Their number is 1-800-4A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453), and you are able to call or text them. To access their chat, their website is: https://childhelphotline.org/.

        Should you decide to run, it will be helpful to come up with a plan. This plan should have the logistics (when will you run, where you will run, how you will run) as well as a plan for the worst case scenario. It also sounds like you are still healing. Please give us a chat or a call. We can help talk you through options and plan. We can also help you find resources as you navigate the difficulties you have had with your mom. Please call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY or 1-800-786-2929 or chat with us at https://www.1800runaway.org/.

        We hope to hear from you soon,

        NRS
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