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  • ccsmod1
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    Hey there,

    Thank you for reaching out to us at the National Runaway Safeline. It sounds like you are in a difficult situation, and we understand it takes courage to reach out for help. Your mom should not be abusing you and treating you poorly - no matter what. 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: https://www.childhelplineinternation...pline-network/.

    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.

    Be safe,
    NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    I'm 15 and I've been through alot these past few years.
    my parents got divorced and he lives in america with his new wife and Me and my mom live in .... , when things finally started going good and I got an amazing person who made me happy they found out and beat me alot and made me break up with and he broke up with me.
    now they've been keeping me in house arrest and I'm not allowed to talk to a few of my friends.
    I don't know how I can keep going cause I've started smoking and drinking And I really wanna stop and I just wanna leave cause I'm scared I might start hurting myself and I don't wanna do that.
    Please help me.

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  • ccsmod1
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    Hey there,

    Thanks so much for contacting us, it takes a lot of courage to reach out and share your story. It must be really hard to live in a home with so much tension. Running away is a big decision and it can be very stressful to figure out what you want to do.

    We aren’t legal experts here at NRS, but generally speaking, if you do opt to leave your home your parents can file a runaway report, which is essentially a missing person report. Running away is a status offense; this means that it isn’t illegal, but it’s something you can’t do while still a minor. If a runaway report is filed and you are located by the authorities you will most likely be returned to your parents. You mentioned that you have someone to stay with if you left home. If you go to stay at this person's house without prior permission from your parents, they (or the adult in the household) could be charged with harboring a runaway, which is a misdemeanor. Penalties for harboring a runaway vary from state to state, police officer to officer, and how your parents view the situation.

    If you’d like to go over what’s going on in depth, or if you’d like to explore other options that you may have available to you, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY. You can also chat us by clicking on the “CHAT” button on top of our homepage. We’re open 24/7 and here to listen and support you in any way we can.

    All the best,
    NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    I’m a 15 year old male in the state of Missouri.

    Ive wanted to leave home for a long while. I turn 16 in a month but I’m down to my last straw with my family. Sometimes I feel like the adult because I am basically raising my little sister, I’m also the only one who does anything in the house. It’s not necessarily to say my parents are horrible people but because of the way they live I can’t live. I really never got to be a kid and still don’t have that chance. I know a place where I’d stay but if I left now what would happen? What are my options?

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  • ccsmod7
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    Thanks for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. We understand that it takes a lot of bravery to tell your story and reach out for help.

    It definitely sounds like living alone with your mom is not healthy for you as no child should ever be constantly belittled by their parent. We do offer a conference call service in which we could mediate a call between you and your mom about staying with your friends and family if you think that would be helpful. In terms of living at your friend’s house, your mom could still report you for being a runaway if you stayed at your friend’s house without her permission, but running away is only a status offense. In terms of getting emancipated, we are not legal experts, but that process can often be long and expensive. Usually you would have to prove in court that you are mature, have a place to live, and are able to financially support yourself, so it would be good to mention that you are getting a job and planning on living at a friend’s house.

    Thanks again for contacting the National Runaway Safeline. Feel free to give us a call anytime at 1-800-RUNAWAY or chat with us at our website.

    Best of luck!

  • Guest
    Guest replied

    Well I have a dilemma on my hands. So my mother decided that we will move by the beginning of the next school year. We are currently living with family members and I don't want to live with her by myself since she has anger problems and constantly belittles me If I do something incorrectly and cusses me out like it's normal. I am a 16 year old male and I can think of my self to be very responsible and I live in Maryland. If push comes to shove and I can't convince here to let me stay here with my friends and family members, I was thinking of running away to a friends house then text my mom my location so that she couldn't call the cops and say i'm "missing" and then when she tries to pick me up I thought of just refusing till she goes to court in order to state that I became wayward which I think she doesn't have the guts to do. But I am not sure if this would work so if I apply for emancipation saying I would go to school and live at my friends out while paying sufficient "Rent" to the parents of my friends and I geta job will they let me get my emancipation or not? I do not want to live with my mom again and go through another cycle of depression and suicidal thoughts.

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  • ccsmod8
    commented on Guest's reply
    Hello there –

    Thank you for taking the time out of your day in order to reach out for help on our public forum. Reading through your post it certainly sounds like you are going through a very hard time at home. No one deserves to be treated like dirt or anything less than a human being. We are so sorry to hear that is happening to you. You should feel love and support from your mother.

    Only you know yourself when it’s time to leave home due to it being an unsafe situation and no one but you can make that decision for you, not even here. It sounds like you might some specific questions that you want to ask us or maybe find a place to vent about what you are feeling right now. It’s hard to talk to just anyone one about what has been going on. One thing that may be helpful for you is to possibly note when the fighting/yelling is happening or any triggers of the fighting/yelling (some examples would be like after your abuser comes from work or after dinner and/or right when you get home) and to try to find things that can keep yourself away from home during those times (after school programs, sports program, study group at a friend’s house, getting involved in volunteering, etc).

    If you need to talk more about what is going on between you and your mother we might be able to offer help or just give you some support in the matter. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help from us or anyone that you trust.

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    I’m 15 and hate being home (female) . My mom is a snobby ********** treats me like dirt and I’m sick of it I’m tired of her bs . My bf said to live with him and his family but idk if his mom will allow it . I need help

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  • ccsmod5
    commented on Guest's reply
    Hi,
    Thank you for your message. It sounds like you’re having a difficult time at home. You don’t deserve to have anyone scream in your face, hit you, or threaten you. You do not deserve to have anyone take their bad mood out on you. It’s unfair and hurtful. We encourage you to talk with adults you trust about what has been going on if you feel comfortable doing so. Those adults could be teachers, guidance counselors, coaches, or even police. Based on your message, it seems like you are not based in the United States. Here at NRS, we are only familiar with runaway laws in the US. To find a helpline more familiar with the laws in your country, you can follow this link: https://www.childhelplineinternation...pline-network/ .
    We wish you the best of luck. Stay safe and stay strong!
    --NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    Hey I'm needing some help I'm 15 and I live with my dad because I don't get on with my mum I've had family problems ever since I was 3 or 4 my mums done thing that make me not want to live with her but me and my dad don't get on to well we always fall out because when he tells me to do thing I take my time and he really doesn't like it so he screams in my face hits me and tells me he's going to kick ******** out of me so anytime he has a bad day or is in a bad mood he takes it out on me so ii really wanna run away I have family I could stay with but I don't wanna so I need ur help

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  • ccsmod6
    commented on Guest's reply
    Thank you for contacting the National Runaway Safeline. We are sorry to hear that your family has been treating you in a way that you find unfair to the point of feeling like you need to leave. We’re not aware of the specifics about what you are in court for, but it could be risky for you to run away if you already have issues with the police or courts. We would love to discuss with you what exactly is going on and what potential solutions there are to your problems. If you are interested in talking about the particulars of your situation, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us on our 24/7 hotline 1-800-786-2929 or on chat at 1800runaway.org.

    Take care,
    NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    I am wanting to run away but i really done know where to go my family treats me diffrent form everyone else i just need to go far and as fast as i can but im really not wanting to but i think it would be best but im already in court over behavior issues what do i do

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  • ccsmod5
    commented on Guest's reply
    Thank you for contacting us through our online forum. It sounds like a really stressful situation at home filled with drama. Home is a place where you should feel safe and comfortable. It’s understandable that you would want to leave that environment.

    There’s a lot to think about when leaving home. Do you have anyone who would be willing to let you stay with them? How do you think your parents would react to you leaving? As a minor, some things to keep in mind are that your parents could file a runaway report with the police. In this case, if you are picked up by the police, they could return you home. It’s also good to keep in mind that anyone you stay with could be at risk for harboring a runaway. Fortunately running away doesn’t usually have any legal consequences, but harboring is often considered a misdemeanor.

    We do hope that you reach out to us through phone at 1-800-786-2929 or chat to discuss your situation in more detail. Our goal is to help you find ways to stay safe. We would be happy to look up resources in your area, talk with you about your options, or just listen to what you’re going through.

    Stay strong,
    NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    im 14 and wanting to leave i dont like the drama its getting really old

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  • ccsmod15
    commented on Guest's reply
    Thank you for reaching out to us. We know it can be overwhelming when you don’t know where to turn. It sounds like you don’t like living at home and you feel unsupported by your family. Everyone deserves to feel comfortable in their home. Sometimes when you feel uncomfortable at home, it can be helpful to reach out to people you trust. For example, talking to a friend or a school counselor. They might be able to offer support. If you feel like you can’t get along with your mom, reaching out to other family members you trust might be helpful.
    Again, thank you for reaching out. It takes courage to ask for help. If you would like to talk about your situation further, don’t hesitate to call us. We are 24/7 and confidential. You can call us at 1-800-786-2929. We’re here to help, here to listen.
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