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  • I am 15 and I am in a very bad place with my family and have been for many years, i continuously have felt scared and unsafe in my house and it’s time for me to get out of this situation so I can live a happy and healthy life.

    Where would be the best place for me to go where I am safe and stable. Please help me I need to feel safe and happy again.

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    • ccsmod0
      ccsmod0 commented
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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 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.

      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

  • I’m 15 almost 16 in April and live in Florida. There’s physical and emotional abuse at home . If I run away can I get into trouble. Im smart and I can take care of myself very well. I will give that to my parents. They taught me how to clean and take care of myself. I just want to make sure I won’t get sent back to that house. There’s countless days on where they’re angry and take it out on me. I just can’t take it anymore. Please help

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    • ccsmod4
      ccsmod4 commented
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      Hello,
      Thanks for contacting 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. No one deserves to be abused and they are not to blame for what might be happening. That being said. In regards to your concerns about running away and what consequences might occur. We are not legal experts and only can provide some general legal information when it comes to someone running away or someone assisting/aiding a person running away.
      Someone under 18 that leaves home, the parent/guardian may file them as a runaway and they may be returned home. Also, those that a reported runaway stays with may run the risk of being charged with harboring a runaway. Anyone found to be assisting or aiding someone to run away may also find themselves at risk legally. For more specifics on the law, you might consider contacting the local non-emergency number for the police. You might also look for a legal aid center in the area. They may be able to answer any legal questions on the subject.

      If you would like to talk more in detail 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 should ever be at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage them to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately. To report any abuse contact Child help 1-800-422-4453 www.childhelp.org

      This may be one way of being removed from an at risk situation and placed in a safe environment with a relative etc.

      Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button).


      Take care,
      NRS
      Last edited by ccsmod4; 01-11-2020, 07:55 AM.

  • hi, im 15 and want to ether run away or die in the least painful way possible

    i've ran away from home once than was founded two hours later, i've been to 3 treatment centers and now my mom is threatening to send me off again. So now i've thought about dying in a painless way.

    please help, i want to be happy with my life

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    • ccsmod3
      ccsmod3 commented
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      Thank you for reaching out to us. 18 years old is generally the age that an individual may leave home without permission from their parent or legal guardian. We are not legal experts here but we can speak in general terms. If you are under 18 and leave home without permission, your parent/guardian may file a runaway report with the police. What actions the police take once you are filed as a runaway can vary a lot from state to state and even city to city so we cannot predict exactly what would happen in your case. Generally speaking, if you encounter a police officer while reported as a runaway, you will likely be returned home. However, in that case there may be services (family counseling, etc.) available to you as a youth in crisis/runaway but again, police procedures related to offering those services can be different based on your location or the details of your situation. Another thing to consider is that while running away is not a crime, a legal adult who allows you to stay with them may be putting themselves at risk for being charged with harboring a runaway. One way to find out the laws in your area is to call your local police and ask what their policies are regarding runaway youth.
      It sounds like you are thinking about harming yourself or ending your life. It takes a lot of strength to reach out for help, and we are so glad that you did. Your life has worth and our top priority is your safety. If you feel this is an emergency you could consider calling 911 for emergency assistance. We are here to listen and support you in any way that we can, and we can help you find resources that can help you cope with these feelings. You do not have to face this alone, and there is so much help out there for you. If you are thinking about hurting yourself, the National Suicide Hotline could be a good resource for you. You can check them out at www.youmatter.suicidepreventionlifeline.org, or you can call 1-800-273-8255 for help and support any time. You can also call us 24/7 at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) if you need to talk. Best of luck!

  • Im 13 and I live in arizona I want to run away to poplarville mississippi because my familys broken no one loves me but people in poplarville actually love me so how do i do that and can i?

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    • ccsmod9
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      Thank you for contacting NRS we appreciate that you have reached out to us. We are sorry you are going through such a difficult situation. You do not deserve to be put through that. From what we can tell you are looking to get out of the situation you are in. Just so you are aware legally you can leave at 18 otherwise your parents have the right to file a runaway report and call the Police. They would be on the lookout for you. Anyone that houses you runs the risk of being charged with harboring a minor. It would be a good idea to call the police non emergency number to ask what they would do if you did The options available to you are you could give us a call and we would be happy to report the abuse to CPS alongside you. That way it doesn’t seem so scary. Another thing you can do is to call Child Help which is another organization that specializes in reporting and helping abused youth. Their number is (800) 422-4453 and you can feel free to call them and get the help you need. We know how hard it can be to reach out for help, so again thank you for contacting us! If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY or chatting with us at 1800runaway.org. We are here to support and help you create a safe plan. We wish you the best of luck!

  • I’m 15, and female

    I don’t want to be with my mother and her boyfriend because I don’t fit in, and I can’t take it anymore just all the drama, and just everything that’s going on with my life. I want to live with my grandparents but my mother won’t allow it, and I won’t go with my dad because he’s got problems, and he’s the same. So I want to runaway, and get out of this ********hole. I told her how I felt but she doesn’t give a ********, I even had mental breakdowns, and she try’s to calm me down but then she just give up, and just went to another room one time in the car she hit me, and i told her how I felt and everything but she just doesn’t care at all. All she cares about is her boyfriend. I just feel like she would be better off with me not in her life and the same goes for me. So if you can give me some tips, and advice on how to runaway. And maybe where to go.

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    • ccsmod4
      ccsmod4 commented
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      Hello,
      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 about what’s going on. It sounds like you’re not happy with things in your life right now.
      It sounds like the stress from the situation is making it very hard to figure out what to do.
      We are sorry you are going through a tough emotional time. You deserve to be abused in any way by your family. It’s not your fault.
      We understand how something like that would be upsetting and probably frustrating. As a result from this it sounds like you have been thinking about running away.

      Sometimes when things are too stressful it might help to talk with someone you feel will be supportive. It seems like you feel good about your grandparents. It sounds like you would like to stay with them. Perhaps you might consider talking with them about convincing your mother to let you stay with them for a little while.

      NRS is here to listen and here to help.
      Often, having a safe space to share how you’re feeling may bring a variety of solutions previously not thought of. 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.
      You are welcome to discuss your situation and talk about possible options for help.
      What you did today by reaching out was great. Good job.

      Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button).

      Take care,
      NRS

  • I'm 12 and I'm planning to run away with my girlfriend and my best friend. My parents keep calling me names, hitting me, and overall just being complete douches. They're homophobic and I'm a pansexual transguy, they're Christian and I'm agnostic, they're Republicans and I'm more on the democratic, etc. I'm going to do this in June or July.

    ​​​

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    • ccsmod4
      ccsmod4 commented
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      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. You do not deserve to be hurt verbally or physically. It’s not your fault that they are doing this.

      If you’re feeling unsafe and need a safe place to go and talk to someone, you may wish to visit The National Safeplace website (www.nationalsafeplace.org). This organization provides access to immediate help and supportive resources for youth in need. You can look up your city and state to see if there are any safe places near you listed. So that is always an option if you feel like talking to someone in person about what has been going on or if you just need of a safe place to stay.

      You also may use your phone to text the word “safe” and your current location (city/state/zip) to 69866. If there are safe places and shelters nearby, a list of those will be sent to your phone and you may have the option to text back and forth with a trained counselor as well.

      You may also be able to report any mistreatment to CPS. Child Help USA 1-800-422-4453 www.childhelp.org is an organization that helps protect minors from being harmed. It may also be a good place to explore options for staying with another family member or someone you trust as far as transferring custody.
      NRS is here to listen and here to help. If you would like to speak more about your situation or learn more about these options, please call or chat with us at 1-800-Runaway (786-2929) or www.1800runaway.org

      Take care and be safe,
      NRS

  • So I don't know if this thing even works still but Its worth a try I guess.

    So Im 15 and I've been thinking about running away ever since I was about 13. I haven't really liked my family especially because of my mom's husband. So the other day I got into another argument with my mom's husband and he gave me the option to pack my bags and leave and now they are trying to report me as a runaway. Ive been living with my dad for the last couple days and they keep texting me how they are going to report me as a runaway and I'm going to go to the juvenile detention place, are they even allowed to report me as a runaway if my mom's husband was the one that gave me the option to pack my stuff and leave?

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    • ccsmod13
      ccsmod13 commented
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      Hi there,

      Thank you for taking the time to write us and share a bit about what's going on at home. Home is supposed to be somewhere you feel comfortable and supported. From what you mentioned, your mom and her partner have been making it incredibly tough to live there. We are gad to hear you are staying somewhere safe, but it is still not okay for your mom to treat you like this.

      From what we know, you are not considered a runaway if you leave with permission from your legal guardian. Unfortunately though your mom can take back this permission at any point and choose to make a runaway report. Generally running away is not illegal, but it is status offense. This means that you would not likely be placed in juvenile detention, but your mom can have police assist with returning you home.

      Sometimes having an adult advocate on your behalf can be an effective way of getting a parent to listen to your concerns and needs. Perhaps your dad or another adult your trust can mediate things between you and your mom to possibly convince her to let you stay with your dad.

      We truly want to be a support for you as you decide on your next steps. We are available 24/7 to listen and help as much as possible. Please do not hesitate to reach out again by phone or chat if you would like to talk more in-depth about your situation and explore your options. You can contact us by phone at 1-800-786-2929 or use our live chat services at www.1800runaway.org.

      We wish you the best,
      NRS

  • i am almost 16 and want to run away because i keep getting accused of steeling when i didn't and i cant handle it any more.

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    • ccsmod3
      ccsmod3 commented
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      Thank you for reaching out. 18 years old is generally the age that an individual may leave home without permission from their parent or legal guardian. We are not legal experts here but we can speak in general terms. If you are under 18 and leave home without permission, your parent/guardian may file a runaway report with the police. What actions the police take once you are filed as a runaway can vary a lot from state to state and even city to city so we cannot predict exactly what would happen in your case. Generally speaking, if you encounter a police officer while reported as a runaway, you will likely be returned home. However, in that case there may be services (family counseling, etc.) available to you as a youth in crisis/runaway but again, police procedures related to offering those services can be different based on your location or the details of your situation. Another thing to consider is that while running away is not a crime, a legal adult who allows you to stay with them may be putting themselves at risk for being charged with harboring a runaway. One way to find out the laws in your area is to call your local police and ask what their policies are regarding runaway youth.We hope this helps. Please reach out if we can offer any further support.
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