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    Hi, im 16 years old and im turning 17 in a couple of months i speak french so sorry the some bad writing... Yes i ran away already and it only been a week
    that im leaving with my boyfriend. Before leaving i worst a note to my mom. and says:

    Dear mom, im not sad anymore, i just tired of this place, never look back at the people i've known, i just wonna go somewhere where no one knows my name, im
    just someone that want to have an adventure and that how ill do it.i need to know what i love and hate, this is how i will do it, dont worry mom, i tough this trough i have everything i need for this, im with people i've known for a long time they care about me, they'll help me finish school and go to work, i need to be happy, i love you mom and i will write to you often. please do not call the police. im doing this for me, i'll miss you so much, my sisters and my two beautiful nieces. i will always love them and you guys. thanks you mom for what you did, now it time for me to know what i can do. Bye!

    i left that note on the table, that about it. i still have 3 years old school o go, and im to fare from my school, so where i live now, it hard to find a
    school because i dont have everything with me to get me in school. im trying really hard to go and to have a job. My boyfriend is supporting me 100%, he
    keeps telling me that you need to finish school to have a good job after. Now i keep in touch with my sisters and my mom to know of shes okay, and well she has trouble sleeping and she doesnt eat mush. My mom called the police i dont know what they say, they know with who im with, his name and i dont know what else they know about him. first question. I have the phone number to call a person and say that i ran away. but i dont know what to say, What could i say
    to the person the phone, to say im safe and theres no need to worry. Is there something else would i need to say. im really happy and comfurble where i am
    now. and i dont want to go home now. Would i have a choice to stay or to leave back home with my mom. im really sorry for the paragraphe but you needed to
    some of the situation.

  • #2
    Re: i'm 16 and i ran away from home

    Hi there,

    Thank you for reaching out to us at the National Runaway Safeline. It takes courage to reach out for help. It sounds like things have been pretty tough for you before you decide to leave home and now after trying to figure out how you’ll be able to do the things that you want while on the run. It’s really good to hear that you have support from your boyfriend and it’s admirable that you are working so hard to be able to finish school. It’s also awesome to hear that you are keeping in touch with your sisters and your mom, though her concern and worry is understandable.

    The National Runaway Safeline is located in the United States of America (USA). Our knowledge of helpful community based resources and our understanding of youth in crisis related laws is limited to 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: http://www.childhelplineinternationa...where-we-work/

    If you are located in Canada, you can explore this resource that is for youth in your country, who also offer translators if your preferred language is French:
    We hope that by reaching out to a local resource, you are able to get the support you need from an organization that understands the laws and circumstances that affect youth in your country.

    Best of luck,
    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
    [email protected] (Crisis Email)
    1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)
    Tell us what you think about your experience!


    • #3
      I'm also 16 and ran away from home. I have 17$ 3 changes of cloths and my phone. I'm staying at a friends sleeping on there couch.


      • ccsmod15
        ccsmod15 commented
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        Thank you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. We are here to listen and help you as best we can. It sounds like you are in a difficult situation sleeping on your friend’s couch with $17 after running away from home. If you would like, we have a database with resources that can help you with housing, food or employment. If none of that interest you we can just talk to you about your current situation. You can give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or use our chat services through our website. Our hotline is 24/7 and is toll free.
        We hope to hear from you soon and wish you the best of luck.

    • #4
      Hi just last night me, my mom and her boyfriend had a huge fight. he smashed my phone and broke his hand he threatened to hit me with his baseball bat so while the were sleeping i packed a few of my things that i needed and i left i stayed at my friends house for the night but she said i cant stay because she doesn't want my problems to affect her. I talked to my other friend she said that if she could let me stay she would but they don't have the space. i asked my other friend but she already has 3 other friends in her house and she doesn't have any room so now i'm going to ask my other friend but i don't know what she is going to say. if she says no i only have so many other few friends i don't know what to do.
      Last edited by ccsmod7; 04-23-2018, 02:05 PM. Reason: identifying information


      • ccsmod7
        ccsmod7 commented
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        Ti there,

        Thanks for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. It sounds like you had quite a traumatic night arguing with your mom and her boyfriend. You don’t deserve to be treated or threatened like that. Our biggest concern is your safety, so if you feel like your home environment is unsafe and that you are being abused physically or emotionally, one option that is available to you is abuse reporting. If you were to make a report to Child Protective Services in your state, an investigation would be made into your living situation, and if necessary, take steps to make sure you have a safe home environment. If that’s something you’re interested in, we would be happy to help you through the process and make the call with you. Another resource for information about abuse reporting is called Child Help, the National Child Abuse Hotline. Their website is, and their number is 1-800-422-4453.

        As for finding somewhere to stay, it’s understandable to feel some anxiety about that uncertainty. It sounds like your closest friends are unable to have you over now. We’re not legal experts, but we do have to warn you that if someone lets you stay with them and knows you’ve run away from home, there’s a possibility that they can be charged with harboring a runaway. It’s rare and depends on your local police department but we need to let you know that it’s a possibility. If you would like to call in or reach out through our chat service, we can help with finding a runaway shelter in your area, but nearly all shelters under state laws are required to alert your parents within so many days of you arriving, and some need parental notification and consent immediately. We’re glad you reached out as that takes a lot of courage. If you’d like to discuss your situation further or in more detail, feel free to reach out to us by phone at 1-800-RUNAWAY or through our chat service at

        We wish you the best.

        We hope this response was helpful! We’d love to hear from you about your experience using our crisis email/forum. Your feedback plays an important role in helping us improve our services to youth and families. Please click the link to fill out our survey:

    • #5
      I'm 16 i ran away from home I live in Tacoma Washington but I ran away and went out of state I'm so alone and I want to go home please help


      • ccsmod10
        ccsmod10 commented
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        Thank you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline where we are here to listen and help as best as we can. It sounds like you may be interested in a service that we offer called the Home Free Program that provides free bus tickets to help qualifying runaway and homeless youth ages 12 to 21 reunite with their families. The first step in utilizing the service is to have the youth call in to 1-800-RUNAWAY themselves to inquire. We are only able to begin the process of getting a Home Free ticket when the youth calls us on the phone. From there we can explore this option and provide more information on the process.

    • #6
      i feel like it


      • #7
        I’m fifteen and want to run away but I don’t know how to in the pandemic


        • ccsmod4
          ccsmod4 commented
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          Thank you for writing to us here at the National Runaway Safeline.

          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); (click on the chat button).
          If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to or seek emergency assistance immediately.
          We hope to hear from you soon.

          Take care,
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