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  • #16
    Hi there,

    Thank you for reaching out to us at the National Runaway Safeline. We are here 24/7 to listen and to support.

    It sounds like you're in a really tough situation and we're sorry to hear about all that you have faced at home in the past. We want you to know that you deserve to feel safe and happy in your home and deserve to be respected no matter how you identify. We're not legal experts but generally speaking once you turn 18 you would be able to leave your home and live wherever you would like. Your parents would then not have the legal right to keep you at home or force you to go to college. Once you're 18, if they tried to keep you in the house or anything like that, you would have the right to call the police to help you be escorted out. Is there someone, like a family member or other adult, that can advocate for you to your parents? If not, we have a conference call option here at NRS where a liner could mediate a conversation between you and your parents so that you could express your feelings safely. We can be reached at 1-800-786-2929 if you are interested. It sounds like you have to make a choice about whether you want to do what you think is right for you but possibly disappoint your parents. It sounds like you need to think about how to effectively communicate your needs to your parents or get support from other people that support you to help. A liner could help you walk through your options. Don't hesitate to give us a call.

    Best,

    NRS
    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
    info@1800runaway.org (Crisis Email)
    1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)

    Tell us what you think about your experience!
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    • #17
      Hello I need help. My family is falling apart and I need to go away. How is my family falling apart? Well my dad who isn't my dad is an alcoholic my mother is tormenting me and my sisters are driving me crazy. I was also separated from my best friend Ethan who is currently living at a village called "interlake" in switzerland. And I just want to go to the village because it is far enough away, I can also reset my life basically. I am also 14 going on to 15 years. And I live in the USA. So yeah. I need help getting to interlake switzerland. Some One Help Me and this is my plea.....

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      • ccsmod2
        ccsmod2 commented
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        Thank you for reaching out to us here at National Runaway Safeline. We understand that it takes courage to seek help. We are sorry to hear about your issues with your family. It sounds like you want to go to Switzerland with your friend. Unfortunately we are not able to assist you in getting to interlake Switzerland. You could try asking your mom if she would allow you to stay with another family member. Another option that you have is contacting Child Protective Services if you feel unsafe at home. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us directly via our 24 hour crisis hotline (1-800-786-2929), email, or live chat.


        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 support youth and families. Please click the link below to fill out our survey.

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    • #18
      hi ok I dunno if I'm posting a reply or my own post so I'm sorry if this seems weird?
      anyways I'm turning 17 in a couple of months, instead of running away I have a different plan since my country doesn't have the "legal rights at 18" and I wanna hear others opinion on it.
      so I want to study fashion design in korea or japan, I found the perfect uni in both countries and some cheap apartments close by, I'm planing to wait till I graduate from high school and I'll tell my parents that i want to study abroad or else I'm just not gonna work and live with them, and they dont want that and they dont have any legal rights to "kick me out" so then they will pay for everything, and while I study in gonna search for a part time job and save some money for the future, and I'm gonna take studying so slow like I want to be there for 5 or more years so I have the rights to have the citizenship and just never return home.
      do you think this will work??

      also I just want to say that I had a normal life with a great family but I just want to live I want to try everything I want to have responsibility I want to do something with my life. but still I cant even imagine how my dad is gonna feel about me leaving my family even tho he have done everything for me. I'm starting to think of faking my death while I'm aboard but I dunno how.

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      • ccsmod11
        ccsmod11 commented
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        Hi,

        Thanks for reaching out. We're really glad you're trying to figure out the ins and outs of your plan, but we honestly know nothing at all about how moving out and runaway laws apply to youth in other countries. You may want to contact legal aid in your country or a hotline that serves youth who live there.

        Best,
        NRS

    • #19
      Hello , first of all , i would like to thank you for all of your kindness and support for everyone who needs to be helped.

      I am a girl (arab) “i know we don’t have a good reputation but I’m sorry for that” .. however , I live in my homeland , and i have a girlfriend (european) who moved to Paris recently .. i am 19 years old and turning 20 towards the end of the year but in my country I am still not adult until 21 .

      I want to move out from my parents house and go to live with my girlfriend in France for one year before we move together to another place , (my parents are unware of our relationship because if they do i will definitely be killed or in jail ) because being lgbt here is illegal !! .

      i am a student of a french university in my country which has a main branch in France , so I requested a transfer to that university and its still under consideration , but am running out of time because i have to travel in 7 days because i need to attend a mandatory spanish course in Spain which is a part of my major in the uni but my parents said that I can’t go and they didn’t care if it’s mandatory or not , I bought tickets and they started to threaten me that they will take my papers out from the university and i will stay at home forever and they said that traveling is one of the dreams that i have the right to dream about it whole my life but it will never be true , and I can’t handle this situation anymore because i am an adult and I know what i want in this life , and actually i can go for it and stay in spain or Europe for 90 days without visa but i will need to comeback to finish my long term student visa to be in France .. and I still didn’t get my acceptance letter for my transfer (because to get the visa automatically I need the acceptance ) which is not a problem at all , but the BIG problem is that I can’t go outside my parents house to another city to finish my visa process and I will need to travel without doing it ..

      so I started to think that i will definitely need a protection from France at least for one year and a permit to stay because i will run away and literally I won’t be able to go back to my country because if i do i go to jail.

      In France , i will be staying at my girlfriend’s house , she is working and independent and she told me that she is ready to support me , plus , i will work while studying . I have enough money for the tickets and couple of days after I arrive and she has enough money for two to live one year..

      everything is so complicated in here and i really started to think that running away and arriving to France and asking for protection will be just perfect!

      I need your help and advice, no one is supporting me except for my far girlfriend.. which gives me strength but changes nothing at all .. i need to get to her , and from that moment all my depression , sadness, fatigue will go away.

      Note : me and my suitcases are ready

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      • #20
        Hi there,

        It sounds like you are in a difficult situation, and we understand it takes courage to reach out for help.
        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. Since 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/
        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.
        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
        info@1800runaway.org (Crisis Email)
        1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)

        Tell us what you think about your experience!
        https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YourOpinionMattersToUs

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        • #21
          Hi I am 15 and would like to run away from home. I’ve been forced into prostitution and many more and use to live in the UK.
          I had dreams and aspersions finishing my education and becoming something big, however that’s been taken away and I am suck in the middle of Algeria. I don’t know where I am or where to go but all I know is I want to go back to the UK/London and finish school as I am being tortured here.

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          • ccsmod10
            ccsmod10 commented
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            Hi there,

            Thanks for reaching out to National Runaway Safeline. It sounds like you are going through a difficult situation at home and it can be hard to know what to do. You don't deserve to be emotionally and mentally abused Since you are international, it is hard for us to be able to provide you with resources that would be applicable to where you are in Algeria and we are unfamiliar with the laws in regards to runaways and how the adoption system works. You can use this link to find a youth helpline in or around your country: http://www.childhelplineinternationa...where-we-work/.

            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.

            -NRS

        • #22
          I'm 16 and I don't want to live with my family anymore. I want to move to Philadelphia but am having second thoughts and want to move to South Korea. I want to know if it's possible for me to be put for adoption in South Korea or Philadelphia without out my parents putting me ? And would it be possible for me to get a job during school starts ?

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          • ccsmod1
            ccsmod1 commented
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            Hi there,
            Thanks for reaching out, sounds like it has been tough at home with you and your family. We aren't legal or adoption experts, but the adoptions process is a lot of steps with many safety protocols. If you feel that you are mistreated, abused, or neglected please reach out to Child Help (The National Child Abuse Hotline) to get started a process to help you get the support you need.

            We aren’t legal experts, but we have general knowledge about running away. In most states, running away isn’t illegal, but what is called a status offense. You can’t get arrested for it but it will mostly likely go on your record until you are 18. The police will only know if you have runaway if your parents/guardians file a police report. We can’t say for sure how the police will respond, but we hear a lot that police will take potential places you might be and will actively search for you. If they come across you, the most likely will return you home to your parents. Sometimes we hear that if you are staying with someone who knows you are a runaway and are not actively trying to return you or finding shelter for you, your guardians/or police can press charges against the people who are housing you, with something that is called harboring. One of our main goals is to make sure you are safe, so if you ever seriously decide to run away and need shelter, resources, or a safe place to go you can find safe locations at nationalsafeplace.org or reach out to us directly and we can find local resources in your area.

            We are here for you and will support you in anyway that we can. Please feel free to call into us directly as we can talk further about your situation and find resources that are best for you in your area. Stay strong and you are not alone in this! Our hotline ( 1-800-RUNAWAY) and chat are open 24/7.

            -NRS

        • #23
          Hi my boyfriend and I want to run away to Australia from the Philippines and get married and live there permanently. We're planning to leave this January or February 2019. I have a toxic home and an abusive older brother, while my boyfriends family is also quite toxic and suffocating. My bf is a permanent resident in Australia, also he is settled and has graduated college, owns a house in Australia, and came back to the Philippines to take a second course. I on the other hand am almost done with college. But I just don't think I can live in this kind of environment anymore. He's 26 and I'm 21. We've been planning this very carefully and weighing the pros and cons and we really wanna do this. We want to start a new life as husband and wife in Australia. I'm just concerned about my mother even though she is toxic, I'm afraid of what it would make her feel. I'm not so sure this is something I should do, but I really do want it. I love him. I'm afraid because we're only 6 months this December. I need some advice if on how to go about this, how to be smart about it. Should I run away with him?

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          • ccsmod2
            ccsmod2 commented
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            Hello There,
            Thank you for contacting The National Runaway Safeline. Unfortunately our organization is based in The United States, and we do not know the laws of running away in other countries. You may want to consider contacting a legal service in the Philippines to get the best answer. We wish you the best of luck in your situation!
            NRS
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