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    ccsmod15
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  • 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 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
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    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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  • ccsmod7
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  • ccsmod7
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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
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    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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  • ccsmod15
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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
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    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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  • ccsmod16
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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)
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    Im 15 and want to run away to an ophange but without my parants knowing

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  • ccsmod16
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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
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    hi i am 14 and thinking about running away

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  • ccsmod15
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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
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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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  • ccsmod15
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  • 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. 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
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    HI i am a 14 year old boy named [...] and want to run away to an orphanage i am using my dads computer to send this so is thier anyone you could send his son(me) to an orphanage I hate this family so much and just want to go. so please help get to an orphanage
    ccsmod15
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    Last edited by ccsmod15; 09-12-2021, 07:39 PM. Reason: Edited out youth's name to preserve anonymity

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  • ccsmod3
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  • ccsmod3
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    Hey there. Thanks for reaching out to us here at NRS. We know that it can take a lot of courage to reach out for support, and we're glad you took that step.

    You must be going through a pretty challenging time since you're thinking about running away, and we're sorry to hear that. Unfortunately it's not very simple to go into foster care or be adopted, particularly if Child Protective Services (CPS) isn't involved with your family and hasn't made the decision to remove you from your home. They are the authorities who can make those decisions, but it's not something they take lightly nor implement just because a young person asks. Generally speaking, in order to be placed into foster care, there has to be abuse and/or neglect going on. And even then, removing young folks from their homes isn't their primary goal. They'll actually try to work with the youth and the family to make sure whatever is going on is resolved, putting other measures in place if/when needed.

    It might help to talk through your situation so that we can learn more and really know how to help. If you're open to talking, you can reach out to us directly by calling 1-800-RUNAWAY, or by chatting with us live at 1800runaway.org. We're available 24/7 and are always happy to listen, and to help.

    Take care.

    NRS
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