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    Hey I am 17 and I want to run away from home

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  • ccsmod0
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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.
    The easiest way to leave home is with your parents' permission. We understand that might be challenging, however, maybe there’s another family member, relative, or a family friend who could help to communicate how you’re feeling to your parents. The second way is through Child Protective Services if safety is a concern. Lastly, you can also look into emancipation options. In most states you need to be at least 16 to be considered and demonstrate that you can support yourself financially and independently. Emancipation often can be a lengthy process and may even cost some money for court fees. We would be happy to look into legal resources if that’s something you are considering.
    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 email 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 would like to look into further emotional support options, you can text with a crisis worker at the National Alliance on Mental Illness 24/7 by texting "NAMI" to 741741.
    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
    Hello, I’m 13 and I want to run away from my dad he’s trying to send me to Haiti a dangerous country and not send my mother any money, and this is with all of my siblings, he verbally and physically abuses us. And I just wanna run away, then get wherever I’m in to get my siblings, and if I do try to give me to a close relative is there anything that I can do to not get out with that person?

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  • ccsmod2
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    Thanks for reaching out to us. It seems like there must be some stressful things going on at home for you to be thinking about running away (even if your parents would not seem bad to other kids-it is your experience that matters). We are a non-directive agency; that means we won’t tell you what you should or should not do. We will help you figure out a plan that is best for you and feels right for you. There are a lot of things to consider making a plan to runaway and setting up an alternate living arrangement. We can talk through all those with you as well as explore other options you might want to consider before running away. We would like to talk with you and you can reach out to us anytime 24/7 on our confidential phone hotline at 1 (800) RUNAWAY or on a confidential chat through our website. We are here to help you and your reaching out is a courageous first step. Good luck.

  • 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.
    If ADHD is a personal struggle for you it might help to get an official diagnosis from a mental health professional. It might be a good starting point to talk with a counselor at school about it. Another good resource for learning about mental health is https://nami.org/Home
    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 email 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
    Hello, I am 12 yrs old, and people my age would say my parents aren't the worst, but I think I have ADHD. I was planning on running away to New York because there's an orphanage there(actually tons). Should I go out, Google Maps says it takes 2 weeks and 4 days. Should I run?

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  • Guest
    Guest replied
    Hi, I was planning on "moving out" of my house and move to an orphanage up in New York, NYC, and I'm 12. My parents wouldn't seem bad to other kids but should I run away? I planned on doing it today.

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  • ccsmod2
    commented on Guest's reply
    Thank you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. Please know that it is not okay for anyone to abuse you. It was brave of you to contact us, and we will do our best to support you. You stated that you have been abused since you were three years old. You do not deserve to be treated this way. A resource that might be beneficial is the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline. This is a 24-hour hotline with resources to aid in child abuse situations. You can call or text 1-800-422-4453. Their website is https://www.childhelp.org/childhelp-hotline/. You also mentioned that you have a plan to run away. Your safety is important to us, and we are available here at the National Runaway Safeline to talk to you more about your situation. You can call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY or we can live chat with you via instant message. Our website is https://www.1800runaway.org/. It took a lot of courage for you to reach out for help, and we are proud of you for doing so. We are available 24/7 to help and support you.

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    I am 11. I want to run away to a foster home or orphanage. I leave tonight, pleas give me support. I have been child abused at age 3, and also emotionally abused everyday. I have been putting my plan together for a week and for people who need one here is my plan: First pack, then wait for everyone to fall asleep then get your stuff and sneak out for me its my back door, and then ur free! so how is my plan pleas comment as soon as you can!

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  • ccsmod2
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    Hello There,
    Thank you for reaching out to The National Runaway Safeline, it takes great courage to reach out and we are so glad that you decided to reach out to us.
    It sounds like you are going through a really difficult time right now, and we want you to know you are not alone. It sounds like you have gone through a traumatic experience and you do not deserve to be made fun of for that. One option to consider would be for you to talk to a school counselor about what you have been through and what you have been dealing with at home. Even though most schools are virtual many counselors are still meeting with students. If you are unsure how to meet with your counselor, you could ask your teacher and they can point you in the right direction. One resource that may benefit you is called RAINN, which is the National sexual assault hotline. They can be reached at 1800-656-4673. We understand if you are afraid to talk on the phone they also have a way you can chat on their website at: www.rainn.org/.
    We know you mentioned wanting to run away, we are not legal experts but we do have some information on what could happen. Because you are a minor your legal guardian could file a runaway report. If the police were to find you it is a possibility that you could be brought back home. If you have not already made a report for being raped, you do have the right to make a report.
    We hope that this information will be helpful to you in your situation. If you have any other questions or would like to explore more options please give us a call. We are available 24/7 by phone or by chat.
    Stay strong,
    NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    I want to runaway I was raped but my mom doesn’t care oh and also my bother touched me he also makes fun of me because I was raped and when I’m done with school I have to go straight home and clean it seems if no one gives a ********

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  • ccsmod13
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    Hello,

    Thank you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline (NRS). We understand it takes great courage to reach out, and we appreciate you sharing a little bit about what is going on. It sounds like you are going through a really tough time. It must be difficult to endure fighting with your parents and siblings. We understand how family dynamics can become stressful at times. You could consider having a conversation with your parents while having another trusted adult or family member present to mediate the conversation. You may also like to consider reaching out to family and friends to potentially stay with them temporarily, as being out on the streets alone, during the winter can be risky and unsafe. In relation to your mental health, you may also like to consider seeking professional assistance from a counselor or therapist.

    We want to inform you that we are not legal experts, however we do have a great deal of experience working with runaway youth. Since you are 12 years old, you are still considered a minor in your state until you turn 18 years old. Knowing that, your parents could file a runaway report. If the police were to find you they would be obligated to bring you back to your parent’s house. If you were to temporarily stay with friends or family members, you may need your parents’ consent to do, or they could be charged with harboring a runaway.

    We have provided a resource below for you:

    The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a toll-free hotline that you can call when you are feeling overwhelmed, distressed, or thinking about killing yourself. You can also chat with them online if you choose to do so at www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org. The telephone number is 1-800-273-8255.

    We are here as support to help through this challenging time. We can best help you by telephone or chat as NRS is unable to respond more than twice on the forum to assist you. If you would like to talk more in detail, please call or chat us soon.

    We can be reached at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button).

    If you are at risk or any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately.

    Be safe,
    NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    Hi, I need help. So, I'm a 12 year old girl, I get really bad grades, I have Major Depressive Disorder, I (sometimes) cut, and I've ran away before. My parent's CONSTANTLY fight. And I ALWAYS fight with my parents and siblings, I have bad anger issues. Lately, I have been cutting and punching walls, or scratching some weird stuff on my arm. I want to run away AGAIN. I have a detailed plan, but as the person above says, I want to stay in touch, maybe give a call ONCE assuring them I'm fine. I can't take this anymore, I live in V//rginia Beach, could you find me a youth shelter to go to that won't call the cops?? Please help, I'm going to end up killing myself..I plan to run away during Christmas time, because I'll have plenty of money. OR you could find me runaway buddies, preferably (I'm 12 btw). PLEASE HELP IM GOING CRAZY!!!

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  • ccsmod0
    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 with your dad. You are not a problem and you matter. 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.
    The easiest way to leave home is with your parents' permission. We understand that might be challenging, however, maybe there’s another family member, relative, or a family friend who could help to communicate how you’re feeling to your parents. The second way is through Child Protective Services if safety is a concern. Lastly, you can also look into emancipation options. In most states you need to be at least 16 to be considered and demonstrate that you can support yourself financially and independently. Emancipation often can be a lengthy process and may even cost some money for court fees. We would be happy to look into legal resources if that’s something you are considering.
    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 email 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 would like to look into further emotional support options, you can text with a crisis worker at the National Alliance on Mental Illness 24/7 by texting "NAMI" to 741741.
    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
    To be honest....I feel like a HUGE problem for my dad who is getting back on his feet and while I am typing this down he is having a brake down right now and I.....feel like a problem to everyone I know and just to say I'm a 14 year old girl from a native family that is broken and I feel like its because of me and I don't want my dad to know that I want to just run away from all of this and save him from me being a problem and no one in my family is stable for me to stay with and my mom is broken to everybody I know is broken............how do I deal with this.............

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