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  • ccsmod15
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    Hi there,
    Thank you for writing to us here at National Runaway Safeline (NRS). We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this. We can best help by phone or chat as NRS is unable to respond more than twice by email or bulletin for assistance.
    For checking if a youth is a runaway the most straightforward way is to reach out to local police to inquire if someone by that name and birthday is reported as a runaway or missing. Another way to check is through the National Center for Mission and Exploited children at missingkids.org or pollyklaas.org
    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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    How do I find out if a kid is a run away?

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  • ccsmod16
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    Hello there –

    Thank you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. We are here for you through these tough times we are facing, and are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding runaway or homeless youth.

    I understand that you have a boy staying with you who you think may be a runaway. If this young man is over the age 18 he would not be considered a runaway in most states. Some states however have different ages of majority which may vary. To know if the child living with you is in fact a runaway, you can contact your local non-emergency police department to find out more information on what has been filed. I understand that giving information to the police may be scary but they will have access to the NCIC and can provide better information on whether or not this young man has been put through their system. An alternative hotline that takes reports of runaways is “National Center for Missing and Exploited Children” (1.800.843.567. They might also be able to give you information on whether or not he is a runaway.

    If you would like more information regarding your situation we urge you to reach out to us on our 24/7 toll-free number at 1(800)-RUNAWAY. We can give you case specific information as well as resources for this young man who is staying with you.

    Thank you again for reaching out and stay safe!

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    Im checking to see if a boy staying with me is a runaway. He says he dont get along with his dad his mom passed away and his stepmom don't like him.

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  • ccsmod16
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    Hi,
    Thank you for reaching out to us; we are glad that you did. It sounds like things have been very difficult and stressful for you having been kicked out so many times and not knowing your status. You don’t deserve to have been treated this way and we are sorry you’ve had to go through this. It isn’t right and it isn’t fair.

    One way to find out is to call your local police station, or your city’s non emergency number and asking. You can also call our hotline and we would make the call for you and it’s our number on the caller id. We hope that helps.

    The best way for us to help you is by listening to you and helping you to figure some options to help in your situation. We are here for you or the youth 24/7 either by calling 1-800-786-2929 or via live chat through www.1800runaway.org

    We are confidential and are here 24/7 to listen and help.
    Sincerely,
    NRS

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    Where would I go to find out if I'm a run away even though I was kicked out of my home multiple times throughout the years?

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  • ccsmod15
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    Hey there thanks for reaching out,
    There are a few different ways you can check if someone has been reported as a runaway.
    Calling a local Police Department and asking
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children missingkids.org
    Child Find childfindofamerica.org
    Polly Klaas Foundation pollyklaas.org
    These are the most readily available options to see if there is a report out for a runaway. If you have more questions please reach out to our hotline at 1-800-RUNAWAY or chat with us online.

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    Where do i go to look up runaway's

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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 here to listen. That seems like a difficult situation to be in.
    We are not legal experts but one option you could consider is calling the police to see if a runaway report has been filed. Usually it would need to be the youth to call or their legal guardian.
    We hope this will answer your question. Please give us a call if you have any more questions or would like to explore more options. Best of luck!
    NRS

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    Question:
    my best friend went to pick her sister up and after picking her up she got threatening phone calls to get the cops called. It was no one in her family but a friend of her moms. They live hours away and can’t take her back because of school. We don’t believe she is really reported as a runaway because if that were the case her mother and family would be calling for her to come back. Instead only this one man called.

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  • ccsmod6
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    Hi there thanks for reaching out to us here at NRS. It sounds like you truly care about you daughter’s friend and trying to help her find a safe place to stay. It sounds like she is incredibly hard situation and she is lucky to have an adult like you supporting her. We are here 24/7 by phone (1-800-786-2929) and chat on our website at 1800runaway.org to talk through options with you.

    We aren’t legal experts, but if she is under the general age of adulthood of 18 years old in the US and has been kicked out by her uncle that is illegal if he is her caretaker/guardian/has custody of her. He has the legal responsibility of housing her if he is her guardian and she has the right to report that he has kicked her out to the police.
    That being said, if she does come to live with you and/or someone else and her uncle tries to file a runaway report for her saying she ran away when he kicked her out, you have the right to inform the police of that information. You mentioned that you would not want to get in trouble for helping her which is understandable. The main way someone would get in trouble for housing a youth is if they are a runaway/have a runaway report filed on them and they are found at your house. As we mentioned above, as she has been kicked out she is not considered a runaway.
    Something that may help is to maybe reach out to the non-emergency police department in your city to ask some questions about the legality of being kicked out or running away. You do not have to talk about your daughter’s friend’s situation and may ask confidential questions without providing information on the friend. That may be a way to get more concrete legal information about the situation without having to tell the police about the situation specifically.
    We are always here to support you and your daughter’s friend. It takes a lot of bravery to reach out and we commend you for trying to help her as much as you can. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us again via phone (1-800-RUNAWAY) or chat (1800runaway.org) if you want to brainstorm more or ask any other questions. Your daughter’s friend is always welcome to do the same as well if she wants to talk about what has been going on. We wish you the best and hope to hear from you soon!

    Best, NRS

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    I am a parent of three kids my middle daughter best friend got kick out of her unccels house she has no family here her mother is in California. . I want to help her but I dont want to get in trouble at the same time of helping her out. I just want the best for her but I dont want her to feel like no one wants her around. please help me.

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  • ccsmod2
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    Hello There,
    Thank you for contacting The National Runaway Safeline, we are here to help and here to listen. Often time’s parents or legal guardians are the ones to report if someone has ran away. You could call your local non-emergency police department and see if you would be able to report a runaway anonymously. Another option is if you know their legal guardian’s phone number you could try and call them and see if they know about the runaway situation.
    We hope this information will be helpful to you in your situation. If you have any other questions please give us a call, we are here 24/7. Best of luck
    NRS

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    Is there a number to call to report a 15 year old runaway anomiously?

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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 here to listen. It is great that you are reaching out on behalf of your son’s friend, it shows how you are a caring and supportive person. We are not legal experts but we do have general knowledge of the laws. Because he is a minor his legal guardian can still file a runaway report (foster parent). If the police found them they would most likely bring them back home. In some cases the police may not take a runaway report on a 17 year old because they are close to being a legal adult. You can always call your local non-emergency police department and ask them how they would handle runaway reports. Also in many cases you cannot find out if there is a runaway report on a youth if you are not their legal guardian but it depends on the police department. As far as school goes you can always contact the school and explain the situation often times schools will work with kids in difficult situations to allow them to enroll in school.
    We hope this information will be helpful to you in your situation. If you have any more questions please feel free to give us a call at 1800RUNAWAY, we are here 24/7.
    Take Care,
    NRS
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