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  • Im a 14 and I will be 15 in october I need to move out my household is toxic I am not aloud to have any freedom I have been verbally and somewhat physically abused and I feel like killing myself because I don't think I can take 4 more years of living here what is the best and quickest way I can move out into a friends house or get emancipated I don't want to get social services or CPS involved at the moment I just want to figure out what to do then move on from there.

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    • ccsmod15
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      Hi there,

      Thank you so much for reaching out to us. It sounds like you have been through so much, and as hard as it has been we are so glad you are still here. You deserve to feel safe and validated in your home.

      We are not legal experts, but we do have some general knowledge on runaway laws. The easiest way to leave home without the involvement of CPS or police is with the permission of your parent or guardian. You know best if this is a possibility. Emancipation may be another option. However, not all states offer this service and usually young people have to be 16 or older and able to fully support themselves with a job and school. The emancipation process can be lengthy, so if it is something you would like to explore, now could be a good time. If you give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or live chat us through our website, www.1800runaway.org, we may be able to connect you with a local legal expert. The third option we are aware of is abuse reporting. We fully understand this can be an overwhelming option that also takes time. If this is something you would like to explore, you could give us a call or chat to talk through it with you and possibly even help you make a report if you choose to do so.

      We understand how isolating it can be to live in a toxic environment. Your life is important, and we are so glad to hear you have friends who would take you in if you have to leave home. Now may be a good time to look towards them for support. It takes a great deal of strength and courage to reach out, and we are so appreciative you decided to turn to us. If you find that you're continuing to have suicidal thoughts, know that you can reach out to us for support, we would be happy to help however we can. Another good option is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, who you can reach by calling 800-273-8255. And of course, if you find yourself in an emergency situation where you need immediate support, please contact your local police department.

      Best of luck,
      NRS

  • I’m 15 and I get verbally abused every day and I’m sick of it , I barely eat because there’s never any food and I just so tired of this is there anyway I can move out because I’m really so close to just running away and being homeless

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      Hello,

      Thanks for reaching out to us and sharing a little bit about what you are going through. You mentioned some things that raise concern for your safety and well-being. If any harm or abuse is happening at home, you have the right to report it. We are not experts on the issue, but generally once it's been reported, social services will either decide whether or not to take the case and further investigate. If they do take the case, they will send out someone from child protective services to do an investigation (interviewing people in the household) and from there they will decide the level of danger within the household. It generally ranges from no danger (the youth stays in the home, some services are given, and the case is closed), moderate danger (they will provide family services with possible temporary displacement) and high danger (they will remove the youth from the home and offer certain services).

      If you feel like this is an option you want to explore, you may find this website helpful: https://www.childhelp.org/child-abuse/. We can also help you to file a report if that’s the route you are considering.

      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.

      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.

      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

  • My parents got divorced a few months ago and ever since my dad hasn’t been the same. I’m currently living with him and my brother, and my dad is verbally abusive, and my brother, physically abusive. It’s hard being a 15 year old female living in a house with a 50 year old and 17 year old brother. I have a job, in which I work full time, and I depend on my family and friends for rides there, and they treat that like they are my savior and make me act like they are. Im tired of living in a place I feel constantly uncomfortable and neglected. I have bruises all over my body from my brother, and I hardly feel any emotions anymore due to my dad. I have the option of moving in with my mom, but she’s even worse than both of them combined. Im at a loss here. I have many friends who are over 18, and are willing to take me in, but I don’t want to inconvenience them. I also don’t want to deal with the whole process of getting emancipated, and even if I did I would have to wait a year. Sometimes my dad can be very understanding, and my mom can be like that as well, how do I convince them to let me live with someone else, because that seems to be my only option here. I’m afraid they’re gonna say no and then my relationship with them will be worse and my life will be harder.

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    • ccsmod2
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      Hello There,

      Thank you for reaching out to The National Runaway Safeline, we are here to help and we are here to listen. It sounds like you are going through a really difficult time, we want you to know that you are not alone.

      Abuse is never okay and we are sorry to hear that you are dealing with that. You do not deserve to be abused and you do have the right to make a report. There are a few ways that you can go about making a report. One option to consider would be to contact Child Help at 1800-422-4453, and they can help with a report. You can also chat with us or call us any time and we can help you with making a report.

      Unfortunately, since we do not know your parents it is hard to say the best way to ask if you could live with someone else. You could try asking when they are in a good mood, and at a good time of day. At NRS we offer conference calling where we can help you have these conversations. How that works if you would need to call us and then we can reach out to your parents.

      We hope that this information will be helpful to you in your situation. If you have any questions or would like to explore more options, please give us a call. We are here 24/7 to listen and to provide support!
      NRS
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