Are you thinking about running away? Unsure if running away is against the law? Learn more about the laws in the US here.

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Is running away against the law?

Are you thinking about running away? Are you worried about staying with a friend and getting your friend or their parents into trouble? Does it matter if you’re reported as a runaway or not?

Deciding on whether or not to run away and where to go can be difficult.

Here’s what you should know:

– In most states, running away is not against the law.
– If you leave home without permission or stay away longer than you’re supposed to, your parents can file you as a runaway.
– If you are under the age of majority (18 in most states), your parents can file you as a runaway.
– If you are staying at a friend’s house or somewhere your parents didn’t give you permission to be, they can face possibly legal consequences.
– If you are filed as a runaway, your parents can press charges against those allowing you stay with them or abiding you.
– If you go to a youth shelter, generally they have to contact your parents within a certain amount of time to obtain consent for your stay.
– If you are staying with a friend, in most cases the police are only allowed to do a courtesy check; meaning not allowed to search your friend’s home without a warrant.
– It is always best to check with your local non-emergency police hotline or legal aid when it comes to specifics because the law varies.

Hopefully, the information listed here answered some of the questions you may have had. If not, you can give us a call and we can help.

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  • Jackson Moriss

    Idk where to go!!!!!

  • Natosha PAge

    Im going to leave i hatee it

  • Alexis

    I Hate It At Home Im Done .

  • 1800RUNAWAY

    Jackson – we can help you find resources you might need, and talk more about your situation, while letting you remain anonymous. Contact us by phone – 1-800-786-2929 – or by email, live chat, and bulletin board on our website, http://www.1800RUNAWAY.org.

  • 1800RUNAWAY

    Natosha – we’re sorry to hear you’re unhappy at home. We are available 24 hours a day to listen to what is going on without judgment. You can reach us by phone – 1-800-786-2929 – or by email, live chat, and bulletin board on our website, http://www.1800RUNAWAY.org.

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    Alexis – we’re sorry to hear you’re ready to give up. We are available 24 hours a day to listen to what is going on without judgment. You can reach us by phone – 1-800-786-2929 – or by email, live chat, and bulletin board on our website, http://www.1800RUNAWAY.org.

  • Jaquan

    Im always told im a piece of shyt I dont want live anymore I want to commite suicide I have no need for life anymore

  • Kacy

    My mom mentally and sometimes phycically abbuses me my dad lives in another state and i rarely get to see him I want to run away I cant take it anymore but im worried about my pets no one else cares about them and I couldnt bare to let them go

  • ash

    im n a home where they cannot handle my brother and i money wise…we are planning on leaving and staying with some friends…in the home where i am they dont have guardianship over us yet i need info on what to do when we leave in order for the friends parents to gain guardianship

  • carlz

    i’m from a home where all we do is fight and now my mom knows i cut so we fight more! I DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO ANYMORE I JUST WANT TO GIVE UP ON EVERYTHING SCHOOL,FAMILY,BOY FRIEND, LIFE 🙁 I CANT TELL ANYONE ABOUT MY WANTING TO LEAVE MY HOME CUZ MY MOM WILL CALL THE POLICE ON ME…

  • 1800RUNAWAY

    Ash –

    It sounds like you’re in a difficult situation and feel that leaving home will help relieve the financial burden on your caregivers. We’re glad to hear you are safe in your new home.

    As far as guardianship – we can definitely help with that by phone – 1-800-786-2929 – or by email, live chat, and bulletin board on our website, http://www.1800RUNAWAY.org.

  • 1800RUNAWAY

    Carlz –

    It sounds like you are very overwhelmed with the situation at home. We are available to talk about you wanting to leave home – we won’t judge, and we won’t tell you what to do. You can reach us by phone – 1-800-786-2929 – or by email, live chat, and bulletin board on our website, http://www.1800RUNAWAY.org.

  • Jana

    My mom doesn’t understand me. We fight all the time, and she says I’m disrespectful when I don’t ever do anything. Last night we hit our breaking point. We got in an arguement over something as pity as pictures in an iPhone. I tried to go outside to cool off, and she and my aunt (who lives with us) bagged me into wall and sat on me and held me down for two hours. I found that pointless and stupid. She tried to make it seem as though, I’m psycho or something. When all I wanted to do was to be let go of. I don’t know what to do. I can no longer live in this household anymore.

  • 1800RUNAWAY

    Jana –

    It sounds like being at home is challenging for you, especially after that fight last night. We can listen to how you feel about this situation and what you want to do on our hotline. We’ll do it without judgment or telling you what to do. You can reach us by phone – 1-800-786-2929 – or by email, live chat, and bulletin board on our website, http://www.1800RUNAWAY.org.

  • Lorena

    Idk what to do anymore I’m 18 don’t have a job and I don’t know where to go! In tired of being home I just can’t take it anymore! My parents treat me like sh*t! The only things that make me want to stay home are my little bro and little sis and my dog, I’m suppose to start college in January but I think I’m even willing to let everything go and just runaway leave my house, my parents don’t let me do anything! I’m tired of being treated badly, I’m giving up sometimes I just wanna give up on life there’s no need to be in this world is all I am is a piece of crap.

  • Katlyn

    Neither of my parents treat me like I’m 17 I’ve been with a guy I love for awhile we are engaged and planning to have kids and we have the resources to move in together and we are ready…. ready than ever and my parents just act as if I’m seven I CAN’T DO IT ANYMORE!!!!!!!!

  • kelley

    i am running away i want to go to new york. i have $50. im 13.will orphanages accept me?without calling the police? please email me at [redacted]

  • 1800RUNAWAY

    Hi Kelley

    We removed your email address from your original post to protect your anonymity.

    It sounds like you have made a decision to leave home and a plan. We can talk more about the plan via email, if you’d like – please contact us at info@1800RUNAWAY.org. If you’d prefer, you can also reach us by phone – 1-800-786-2929.

  • 1800RUNAWAY

    Katlyn –

    It sounds like you and your boyfriend are ready to move forward with your future but your parents disagree, and make you feel like a little kid. We can talk with you about your plan. We’ll do it without judgment or telling you what to do. You can reach us by phone – 1-800-786-2929 – or by email, live chat, and bulletin board on our website, http://www.1800RUNAWAY.org.

  • i want 2 run away….but im scared my mom will call the police…..im 14 yrs old……i wanna go stay with my ex boyfriend but when he has his own place……i need 2 get out of my house….my dad comes home drunk all the time i cant be on the phone with my boyfriend cause my cousin will tell on me my dad calls me useless my parents fight all the time my dads girlfriend comes over all the time and tries bossing me around my dad verbally abuses me my cousin thinks she is my mother and nobody in my family loves me…..im tired of it…..ive cut myself so many times because of it…..how can i run away without getting my ex boyfriend in trouble with the cops i dont know how much longer i can stay in this house please help me

  • 1800RUNAWAY

    Stephanie –

    From what you said in your post, it sounds like you have a lot of issues making you unhappy and wanting to cut, from your father’s drinking to his girlfriend telling you what to do to your cousin seeming to not be on your side. That’s a lot for one person to handle.

    We can talk with you about your plan to go to your ex-boyfriend’s. We’ll do it without judgment or telling you what to do. You can reach us by phone – 1-800-786-2929 – or by email, live chat, and bulletin board on our website, http://www.1800RUNAWAY.org.

  • Darian

    Ugh. I’m tired of dealing with my mother (although I like my Dad)
    She tells me I’m ugly, goes in depth, that I’m stupid and will never go to college (I have a medical condition that causes excessive absences; I’m in advanced classes and make nearly all A’s),
    she says I eat my ramen wrong (Really, REALLY?) And today she cancelled my chiropractor because she was tired. I HAVE to go because it helps keep me in school, and she starts screaming how selfish, I am and how I don’t care about anyone else but myself. When I get migraines (frequently) she will come in and holler for me not cleaning. And then she’ll force me to do it while I still have one. She always tells me that I’m fat and does and says hypocritical things. I talk with my chemistry teacher about it but it’s really a “Wow, she is such a *****!” type convo. And my dad has to side with her to save himself, she screams and throws things when she gets mad. This easter, I got an easter bunny to the face several times (I’d asked if I could have one of her easter bunnies. She got so mad she threw them at me saying “Don’t ever assume you’re included” and everytime I set them down she would throw them at me. Same with a deck of cards later that month. I’m still missing a king of hearts, haha!) Besides that she says I’m useless, worthless, etc.
    I was thinking of moving in with a friend, but I’m not quite old enough and my states laws would get them in trouble if I didn’t get the disabilities of minority thing removed first.

    Ah, a mothers love. Nothing quite like it.

  • Jasleen

    Darian –

    It sounds like your mother doesn’t treat you with a lot of respect. If you’re thinking of moving in with a friend so you’re not in such a difficult environment, we can help you consider different options of what you could do.

    We’re available 24/7 at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929), or online at our bulletin boards, email, and live chat. The online resources can be found here on the website (upper right hand corner of the screen).

  • Jasleen

    Lorena –

    It sounds like you’re frustrated at home with your parents, and how they treat you. Staying until you start school is a challenge for you, and you want to give up.

    We’re available 24/7 at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929), or online at our bulletin boards, email, and live chat. The online resources can be found here on the website (upper right hand corner of the screen).

    We can listen to your situation, no judgment, no telling you what to do, and help you come up with a plan that works for you.

  • Jasleen

    Kacy –

    It sounds like your mom is not providing a home environment that is safe for you.

    We’re available 24/7 at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929), or online at our bulletin boards, email, and live chat. The online resources can be found here on the website (upper right hand corner of the screen).

    We can listen to your situation and help you come up with a way to be safe and, hopefully, not leave your pets behind.

  • Jasleen

    Jaquan –

    It sounds like you’re in an environment where you are demeaned and not treated well, and it has caused you anguish to the point that you feel suicide is the only answer.

    We’re here to listen and help. No one is ever turned away from our services, no matter what the situation is.

    We’re available 24/7 at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929), or online at our bulletin boards, email, and live chat. The online resources can be found here on the website (upper right hand corner of the screen).

    I hope you can call to have someone help you immediately.

  • Mark

    I want to see my friends one last time. Other than one, maybe another person, they’re all I care for. It is not a life or death situation for them, but they gave me the greatest gift of my life that I’ve been missing for nearly my whole life – friendship. I’m supposed to be gone the week they move and I don’t have much time before. My mother would never let me (she’s usually a somewhat forceful and aggressive.) I would like to know if I’m allowed to stay with my divorced father temporarily and see them without causing anyone trouble. I live in Illinois. I have no record, and I know very well my father will keep me safe. I would love an answer before Saturday 22nd.

  • 1-800-RUNAWAY staff

    Hi Mark

    It sounds like your friends are important to you, and it would mean a lot for you to see them.

    Given that this is a specific situation, and because we respect anonymity/confidentiality, you can reach out to us at 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929), or online at our bulletin boards, email, and live chat. The online resources can be found here on the website (upper right hand corner of the screen).

  • Sierra4119

    I don’t know what to do anymore. My mom is a needle junkie and all she does is lay on the couch in the dark all day or she’s in the bathroom shooting up. She doesn’t care what I do or when I do it. My dad is 53 years old and he is addicted to meth and he abuses the drugs he gets subscribed to him. He also has all these 20-30 year old whores into his house that eats what food we do have and takes his money for pills. I feel like I don’t have parents and I just want to run away . I need help. I’ve been living like this since I was 11 and I’m 15 years old. I want someone who cares about me and can raise me . Someone who knows how to discipline a child and know what’s best. –

  • Sarah

    I don’t runaway because I’m depressed , I just enjoy having freedom for a while . If you runaway for the day and come back the next morning does the police give you a consequence or how do you prevent your parents from taking your electronics ha?

  • 1800RUNAWAY

    Hi Sierra

    Thank you for sharing your situation with us. It sounds like you’re not in the safest environment, and that you don’t feel supported by your family.

    Because we respect anonymity/confidentiality, it’s best if you can reach out to us at 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929), or online at our bulletin boards, email, and live chat. The online resources can be found here on the website (upper right hand corner of the screen).

  • 1800RUNAWAY

    Hi Sarah

    Those are all good questions. We can’t speak for your parents and their consequences, and the law varies from state to state. If you can contact us, we can talk over your options and what would happen in your state/municipality. You can reach us at 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929), or online at our bulletin boards, email, and live chat. The online resources can be found here on the website (upper right hand corner of the screen).

  • Ciara

    Well I’m only 14, I know that there’s such thing as an emancipation law, I know a lot of what it comes down to is “Can you live on your own and support yourself?”, in which I can. I live in Georgia, but I was born in New York, I’m going to file for emancipation once I get my full license and obtain a job. However, if emancipation doesn’t go through, I’ve been considering becoming a runaway, but I feel that’d hurt my parents more. All I know is ever since my sister was born my mom has been very mentally abusive towards me, constantly making me feel like I’m not good enough, she’s even kicked me out of the house before! Do you have any tips on how I could fulfill the requirements of emancipation? Emancipation is my preferative option!

  • Kamryn

    Recently, my mom forced me to move across the country without even a days notice. I was raised in California and am now in Washington. My mom moved up here last night and her reason for me moving up here was because I was living with a friend because she has never really been there for me or been a parent. My dad lives in Alaska and I have only met him once. And I am not happy here, I am depressed to the point of contemplating suicide every minute almost. I want to go back to California but I don’t want to leave the pigs that I have to sell because I am the only one who cares for them and they will surely die if I don’t care for them. I am 15 years old (16 on January 3rd 2014) and I have the money saved to take a bus back home. I just don’t want my pigs to die or my friends mom (who I lived with and said I can live with them) to get in trouble and I want to get emancipated in California because I will get back in school (I’m not enrolled in any school here) and can get a job once I am 16. I have also been struggling with anorexia/ednos for years and my mom refuses to seek help for me. I need to go back to where people care about me and where I can get back on track with my education and my life. I also called the number (18007862629) and I got a long beep and then a dial tone an my calls wouldn’t go through.

  • Ellie

    I have big dreams and with my luck I was born in the most out-of-it town in the whole universe. I’ve wanted to be an actress since I was really little and I have NEVER gotten enough freedom to do anything. I hate it here, I don’t like my mom, my dad is always depressed, and my 12 year old brother (a very good and kind short little kid) is extremely influenced by my mom and her boyfriend and his friends and now seems to thinks he’s cooler and better than everyone and has turned rude and developed a very dirty mouth and I hate it. My mom jumps from guy to guy and she’s desparate and she swears in front of my brother all the time along with her boyfriend. She’s unbelievably vulnerable and acts like she’s 17. What bugged me the most about her is that when my dad would crack the funniest jokes and he would try so hard to make her talk to him and laugh with him, she wouldn’t, but when a guy stranger shows up out of no where selling 1 dollar water, she buys 3, one for me, my brother, and her, and gives him a hug right in front of my dad. And when she does slutty, stupid stuff like that, it influences my brother. He told my dad the other day that my mom and her boyfriend and more authority over him than he did. My dad is depressed all the time but I love him so much and I don’t know what to do. My friend and I have been planning and escape route for a couple months now. I actually have a whole binder of rules and regulations about running away and a valid escape plan plus a pack list and map routes. My friend and I only need to figure out when to do it. I’m 14 years old and I probably sound crazy but I wanna be an actress and that’s exactly what I’m going to be.

  • Jayn

    If we’re living with an abusive dad and stepmom but the police wont do anything, can I run away to my moms house?

  • Jayn

    My dad is also thinking about sending me to boot camp..

  • Dylan

    I hate living with my family there’s arguing and yelling constantly and it doesn’t help when your the black sheep. My mom had us four kids way too young and has no idea what she’s doing as a parent. I have a wonderful home to stay in but the problem is if I run away from Washington where I live to Montana with my uncle I fear he may face criminal charges is there any way that you can help me out with this or help me find out if he actually can face charges or if there is any way to avoid them.

  • Tyler

    Two states north is hardly accross the country my friend.

  • Kamryn

    It’s still 1000 miles away from everything and everyone that I know. It’s hard loosing everything that you have built your life around because your mom wants to have more opportunities. It messes you up on your head and your heart. Especially when you know no one where you are. Even after 10 months of being here.

  • chloe

    im not being abused at my house physically or mentally…. I love my family, but four of my best friends that I consider my family want to runaway because they have a bad family life. they want me to go. the group is my three best friends, and my boyfriend. if they go I have no friends but if I go then my family is going to be hurt. I don’t want to get in legal trouble, and I cant make them stay and I cant decide what to do. please help

  • 1800RUNAWAY

    Chloe,

    Thank you for reaching out. It is great to hear that you have a family that you love, who provide you a safe environment. It sounds like your friends and your boyfriend are having a difficult time right now and it may not help their situation if you go along with them. That said, it is understandable that you would want to help them and be there for them. It may help just by passing along our phone number as a resource.

    If you can contact us, we can talk over your options and discuss how you might be able to help them without getting yourself in trouble or causing problems for your family. You can reach us at 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929), or online at our bulletin boards, email, and live chat. The online resources can be found here on the website (upper right hand corner of the screen).

  • jennifer

    i hate my life and i wanna run away cause my mom has a new boyfriend but he mean to me always hitting my shoulders really hard and insults me all he ever does is brings alchol and cigarettes and get drunk you wouldnt believe how hard he hits my little brother he hit them so hard till they scream my mom she hardly talks to me she shuts me outs and sometimes hits me and screams cause of her problems cause my mom doesnt have that much money that why there never food in the fridge for like a months or more and i starve sometime that why sometimes i cut or scratch myself till i bleed a little i hate my life

  • jennifer

    please dont tell anyone about this to them i want this to be confidentional

  • 1800RUNAWAY

    Jennifer,

    We are so sorry to hear about everything that is happening at home right now. Thank you for contacting us. It was brave of you to share your story and we would like to be able to help. First, you do not deserve to be hit or insulted. Have you spoken to anyone about this other than in this post? Are there any family members outside of the home that you could reach out to and let them know how you and your brother are being treated? An aunt or uncle, possibly, or a grandparent that you can talk to about what is going on? It sounds like you have a lot going on and it may help to be able to talk through it with someone. Do you have a counselor or teacher at school that you can confide in that this is going on?

    If you would like to contact us, we can talk over your options and discuss how you might be able to change the situation. You can reach us at 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929).

  • 1800RUNAWAY

    We are 100% confidential

  • 1800RUNAWAY

    Jayn,

    Thank you for contacting us. We are sorry to hear how difficult things have been for you at your father’s home. No one should be abused. Have you discussed moving into your mother’s house with her? Do you know if your father has custody? Does your mother know what is going on in the home?

    It is difficult to say why the police wouldn’t take a report or do anything about the abuse, but there are a lot of factors that may be involved. It depends on what kind of abuse is happening. Have you spoken with anyone else about the situation? Perhaps a teacher or school counselor who could help you to make a report with child protective services if they feel that there should be concern for your safety.

    If you would like to contact us, we can talk over your options and discuss how you might be able to change the situation. You can reach us at 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929).

  • 1800RUNAWAY

    Dylan,

    Thank you for reaching out. We are sorry to hear everything that you are going through right now. You seem like a very insightful and understanding person. It is also very good that you have an uncle who cares for you and is concerned about your well-being. Have you discussed staying with him as a realistic option? You are correct that without your mom’s consent he could get in trouble for harboring a runaway, but there may be options.

    If you can contact us, we can talk over your options and discuss how you might be able to help them without getting yourself in trouble or causing problems for your family. You can reach us at 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929)

  • Cece

    My parents abuse me emotionally, mentally. My great grandmother just passed away yesterday and so many things have build up over the last 2 years that i’ve been wanting to run away for a while now. I already email a counselor back and forth but it’s no longer working for me. I have to get out of here soon or i’m going to harm myself plus loose my mind

  • dakota

    I have a question. I am 16 years old, in high school getting good grades and working two jobs, I make enough to support myself and my family is emotionally abusing me. We have been fighting a lot recently, my dad has been in my face calling me a bitch, liar, dillusional, crazy and so on. I do not feel safe and I know staying here will push me back to depressing. Sophomore year I was in counseling for a few months for being depressed because of how they treated me. I want out and they won’t let me leave. It is not a good environment for me. What do I do? They want to do all they can to make my life hell (quote from them) and I have close friends who can attest to it all. Help please.

  • Wade

    Yeah you can. As long as you’re living with a guardian they can’t do anything

  • Stacy

    I’ve been beaten up twice , because I wouldn’t break up with my boyfriend. My dad constantly remind me to not talk to him anymore. We’ve been together for 2 years. Would it be alright if I go and live with my boyfriends family ? Could my dad call the police & if he does what can the police do to me and can’t do ? Will they give me the right to decide if I want to stay there or not. I’m only 15 year old & I live in Minnesota. My dad turned this into a love or die situation, I mean it’s just my boyfriend and I . I don’t understand at all of why do racism even exist? I love my boyfriend so my & he’s my only happiness. What should I do , I don’t want to be in my parents house anymore & I feel so comfortable at my boyfriends house. Do I have a choice to stay if I want ?

  • matt

    my stepmother treats me like shit everyday of my life and my dad can’t do anything about it because she is too controlling. what do i do?

  • Brielle

    Well like I live In a home where I get beat I get trowen down the stirs , hit with a bat can I run away and stay with a friend in getting hurt and I live in Mississippi so can I get in trouble or the person in staying with and I’m 13 btw.

  • Amanda

    I’m a 30 year old stay at home mom with an autistic 6 year old son. I considered running away from home because the people I live with order me around, yell at me, verbally abuse me, and make my life a living hell. I want to leave my son in the care of his father, but I worry that I will get into trouble with the law. I have no knowledge of California law in regards to my situation. My friend says that she will be happy to take me in Vegas and my sister is very supportive of my decision to leave. Am I a bad mom because I am leaving my son with his father?

  • Pitch Black

    Im 16. My dad recently past away and my moms family been in war wid my dad family and I feel like I don’t get the attention I need.she forced me to move in wid her and I don’t feel happy I want to runaway , can she force me to move back in wid her if I’m pregnant ?? I wanna be stress free cuss living wid my mom has been very stressful and I juss need time and space away from her and everyone else

  • Rogue

    Im 14 and I’m always being hit by my parents and when i was a year old my whole family would hit me if i cried but i was a year old and they would do it in my skin of my back side and i still have the marks and i have horrible grades so I’m always threatened by my parents and i am suicidal and want to run away. two weeks ago i took 12 advil and mouthwash and drank it but i threw up the mouth wash and my teachers found out and told my parents and my dad went crazy and hit me a lot and tried to choke me but my mom laughed and told him to stop. My friends told me to call the police but when i try they take the phones away. I want to die or run away but my friends are my life and music and Fairy Tail an anime that I can always count on to make me happy. I cant leave my friend because they are the family I choose and I love them. what do I do? Is it illegal in illinois to run away? I talked to my school councillor and thing are still not working and last time I talked to my therapist was 3 months ago. My parents hate me and so does my family and i don’t have a lot of money cause my parents took it away. This is not going to anybody right?

  • Julie

    I’m a week from fifteen and I want to run away. It’s not my parents, because they are amazing and there for me most of the time. It’s all the pressure I’m under. My father’s sisters are taking my dad to court over grandpa’s will. His dad, my grandfather passed away recently, between and after that the 3 sisters, my aunts, we’re dis-owned, and I have to most likely go to court to send a child molester away. The stress is getting/ has gotten too much. I just need a break, I just wanna get away, but I have nowhere to go. I want to run away. I want to get away from the police and all that stuff. Can I just run away for a while without police doing something with CPS if/ when I come back?

  • NRS Communications Team

    Julie,

    Thank you for reaching out. We are here to listen to your story. If you can contact us, we can talk over your options and what would happen in your state/municipality. You can reach us at 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929), or online at our bulletin boards, email, and live chat. The online resources can be found here on the website (upper right hand corner of the screen).

  • concernedandfearless

    Hi my best friend is fed up with his family they make him feel like crap and his mom emotionally and mentally abuses him and his step dad does to a certain point. They are causeing him stress and fristration as wel, as causeing him mental issues he gets a feeling of dread when he heads home i Help him calm down but he needs oit of there. He is 17 the police have been called and did nothing and the state wont interfere im arat my wits end and grasping at straw. He needs help and he feels safer here than at home how do i help

  • NRS Communication Team

    ConcernedandFearless,

    We’re glad you reached out to us for help. Given that this is a very specific situation, and to maintain confidentiality, could you contact our hotline at 1-800-786-2929? Someone will help you immediately. If you want to stay online, you can also post on our bulletin board.

  • Muddbugg

    I’m 16 years old and I have graduated high school and I am in my second semester of college going full time while working a full time job. I pay for everything in my life from food to college to my car to my phone with no help from my parents except for a roof over my head. My mom is crazy and I just can’t live with her anymore. I love my dad and my siblings but I just can’t do it anymore. I have always been bright when it come to making life decisions and this is going to be one of them I just need help. My mom tries to control EVERYTHING I do and it’s not right. I know I am only 16 years old but I am already in the adult life. Everyone I know and meet, unless I tell them my age, thinks I’m like 20 because of my maturity. I have thought about just getting emancipated but I have to have parental consent and there is NO way my mom would give me parental consent for that. So my main question here is, If I just don’t go back home one day and go to a friends house and live with her(she’s 24 and responsible) and pay rent and such would I get in trouble for this? Could the police come and take me from my friends house and make me go back to my parents or would I go to jail? Because I know my mom very well she would get the police involved and my dad being a police he would have to handle it.. My state is Alaska, If you have any knowledge on this and can give me advice or help me please do! Thank you so much.

  • NRS Communications Team

    Muddbugg,

    We’re glad you reached out to us for help. Given that this is a very specific situation, and to maintain confidentiality, could you contact our hotline at 1-800-786-2929? Someone will help you immediately. If you want to stay online, you can also post on our bulletin board.

  • Unknown

    My parents are still together, they get mad at each other a lot and will go weeks without talking to themselves ( no physical contact). The point is I don’t want to suicide, I just want to start all over again, away from my parents. They always yell at me and always treats my little sisters better. They are always mad at me. I also get bullied at school and always gets yelled at by my teachers. Th kids at my school bully me for being “overweight” “ugly” and a “nerd”

    My last question is is it illegal to run away. I am 13 years old and I live Illinois.

  • NRS Communication TEam

    Unknown,

    We’re glad you reached out to us for help. Given that this is a very specific situation, and to maintain confidentiality, could you contact our hotline at 1-800-786-2929? Someone will help you immediately. If you want to stay online, you can also post on our bulletin board.

  • tiffanyy

    i am a 15 yr old female.. who is dating a 25 year old.. my parents are “divorced” and i live with my mom and my grandma.. im always feeling hated and thinking about running away with my boyfriend.. but i dont want him getting in trouble with the law, i just dont want to have to face no consequences for me or my boyfriend..

  • NRS Communications Team

    Tiffanyy,

    We’re glad you reached out to us for help. Given that this is a very specific situation, and to maintain confidentiality, could you contact our hotline at 1-800-786-2929? Someone will help you immediately. If you want to stay online, you can also post on our bulletin board.

  • Jenny

    I’m 16 and my mom doesn’t let me barely leave the house, she makes me very sad and keeps me too sheltered here. I think about running away every day…

  • NRS Communications Team

    Jenny,

    We’re glad you reached out to us for help. Given that this is a very specific situation, and to maintain confidentiality, could you contact our hotline at 1-800-786-2929? Someone will help you immediately. If you want to stay online, you can also post on our bulletin board.

  • lonely

    I want to live with my mom but my gma wont let me. Me and my friend are gonna run away because neither of us are happy and for me personally my gma favors my sister and says that im gonna end uo just like my mom (my mom struggkes with drugs before and has been to jail several times and in general she just hasnt had a good life. ) but i already have my plans and my gma is just plain out mean. I get in touble for every little thing i do wrong and i always help with everything like yard work, cleaning, ect. And my sister literally sleeps all day and does nothing around the house but she gets to go hang out with friends whenever she wants. I feel worthless living with her but when im with my mom im always happy and she gets me and she doesnt have favorites. My gma once told me to my face that she likes my sister more than me. I dont think she could get in legal trouble for making me feel worthless but im 13 and she tells me that i cant go live with my mom. Ugh it makes me so mad.

  • NRS Communication Team

    Lonely,

    We’re here to listen and help. No one is ever turned away from our services, no matter what the situation is.

    We’re available 24/7 at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929), or online at our bulletin boards, email, and live chat. The online resources can be found here on the website (upper right hand corner of the screen).

    I hope you can call to have someone help you immediately.

  • Joey

    I have a dear, dear friend who is constantly abused, without exaggeration, every day by her father and grandparents. While the abuse isn’t physical, but verbal, the emotional toll is so great she’s often cut herself and has often STRONGLY considered suicide – multiple times needing to be talked away from it. She’d go to a shelter, but she feels that it’s too temporary a situation and would like to completely seperate from her abusive family. She’s only 16, a minor, but I desperately want to help her, and, obviously, I want to do it legally. I want offer her shelter, but I don’t want to wind up behind bars with her sent back to the abuse or into the arms of strangers who don’t understand. What should I do?

  • NRS Communications Team

    Joey,

    Thank you for being concerned about your friend. Since this is a specific situation, please contact NRS directly. We’re available 24/7 at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929), or online at our bulletin boards, email, and live chat. The online resources can be found here on the website (upper right hand corner of the screen).

  • Kenneth Cook

    Can I get on the school bus with my girlfriend without my grandparents permission? I am 18 years old. I am positioned to the court.

  • Kenneth Cook

    What I mean is I have to pay some money when I want to move out to the court apparently. That’s what my grandparents told me.

  • 1800RUNAWAY

    Hi, Kenneth. Thank you for your question and reading our blog. We are here to listen and to help. Your description sounds like a complicated situation. In order to best answer your question, we could use more information on your circumstances. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY. Our youth crisis call center liners can help direct you to resources in your area. You can also send us an email or use our chat function on our website 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Anonymous

    So my friend has ran away from home and I want her to stay at mine so nothing bad happens to her on the streets nothing bad has happened at home just she’s angry and stressed but what can happen if let her stop without telling my dad what’s going on ? I need a reply asap thank you

  • 1800RUNAWAY

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  • JeanTea

    Would I get in trouble by the law if I left home, got on a plane, and flew out of the country? To a place in Asia?

  • 1800RUNAWAY

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  • bfinch

    if i stay at a friends and tell my parenrs im staying at a friends could my friends parents get introuble?

  • 1800RUNAWAY

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  • cynthia

    I’m underage what would happen if i left without telling my parents and i went to go live with my 18 year old friend would he get in trouble

  • 1800RUNAWAY

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  • Anonymous

    I’m nearly 16. I live in Montana. I have no problems with my parents, I love them to death but my life outside of family is terrible. My girlfriend that I was truly in love with broke up with me after a year and I have no friends. All the kids at school are horrible to me. I just need time alone to find myself. I don’t have a “safe” place to stay but I am extremely educated in the means of surviving off the land. I don’t want to come back if I leave, and I know I can survive in the woods on my way to wherever I’m going, but if the police don’t find me and I make it to a persons house that is willing to take care of me or let me sleep in their house or barn, can I live a normal life and go to school?

  • 1800RUNAWAY

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  • Lula Kuzior

    Hi, I’m almost 17 in a month and a couple of days and I have been going through some CPS and FAST things. About my mother mentally abusing me and I am now diagnosed with a major depression disorder and I have made a crisis plan with my therapist stating that If I don’t feel safe I can go to my non biological dads or my friends house. I live in Washington state and I was just wondering if I did go to my friends house tomorrow and call my therapist and a non emergency hotline that my mom can still file me as a run away. The only reason why I am going to my freinds house is because I don’t feel safe at home with myself. I also don’t feel safe around and alone with my mother. I’m planning on going to school while at my freinds I just can’t stay at my mother’s any longer. I feel trapped and scared.

  • 1800RUNAWAY

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  • Austin

    hello, Im 16 and my dad does drugs and it has gotten bad to the the point where im pretty sure he hits my mom and has gotten in my face and threatens me alot. There is a teacher at my school in which i talk to about these problems and she said that if i ever need food or a roof she will provide for my. I just want to know if it is illegal for me to stay with her and her family.

  • 1800RUNAWAY

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  • Lindsey 11971

    I’m not being abuses or dealing with any thing badly I’m just under a lot of stress and sometimes I just can’t take the stress and I feel like running away . I live in Ohio and I want to run away but don’t because if I do I might hurt the people I love and hurt my self and I’m 13 and so I was wondering could I get arrested for running away .

  • 1800RUNAWAY

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  • Anonymous

    My mom is threatening to throw att my stuff away if I don’t stay home more often. I am staying at my grandmas house which is only 20 feet away from their house. I don’t wanna live at home. They treat me terribly and I love my grandma. What should I do!!

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  • cloud jones

    hello im 19 years of age and still live with my mother ever since my dad passed away 3 years ago. ever since his passing i have felt like my mother used me and no longer care for me. my friends and sister all agreed to let me stay with them. i need help to find out what i should do. she can still concider me as a runaway.

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  • Semajae

    Hi im semajae and im 14 and im dating a 21 year old and we been dating for a min now and we are in love so much and he lives far and i wanna run away bc of the way i get treated at home and its so much pain goin on and i can’t take it anymore so I’ll runaway to my bf what do yall think

  • 1800RUNAWAY

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  • Jasmine Childers

    Hi, my name is Jasmine and I am 14 almost 15 years old. I have not had a good life. I don’t live with my mom or my dad but I get to see my mom twice a month for like a few hours and I get to see my dad every so often. My mom and dad had me at a young age so my grandma and her (ex) best friend took joint custody of me because they thought it would be best for me because they had good medical insurance but it turned out to be the worst decision we ever made. When I was about 4 years old we told my grandma’s (ex) best friend or now guardian to get out of our house because she is an alcoholic and controlling and abusive and while she got her things we asked if they could take me on vacation and she said yes so we did and she even gave us a have fun card but when we got back she called the cops saying they kidnapped me when they actually didn’t. She took me away from my family to where I could barley see them, she has mentally and physically abused me and I have tried saying that to DCFS but it didn’t help at all, she has tried saying that my mother has molested me (but she didn’t), she has done sooo much stuff. Everyone thinks my life is great and that I’m happy but it is the complete opposite. I have been depressed for years upon years, I have cut myself before but I stopped so I didn’t leave scars and so nobody would know, I cry every single night because all I wasn’t to do is be with my mom or dad…. I just want to run away and live with my mom! I would even have better schooling and a way better life. There is a lot more to the story but I will stop here but I don’t know what to do we have been though sooo many court battles but it doesn’t help and my real family doesn’t have a lot of money anyway because they pay so much in child support I give them all the money I can when I have money to help pay for groceries and all that stuff but yea… I don’t know what to do and all I want to do is live with my mom.

  • Michael sackyta

    Hey, I’m 14 years old. And I uh, we’ll, today, I came home from school. And I did a little bit of chores, and I asked if I could go to the skatepark.. My mother said 7 and it was 5:30, it takes 30 mins to get to the park. So I begged a little and she said ask your father, now keepin mind, they’re not mean at all. And my dad doesn’t abuse me. Nothing like that. No drugs or anything.. Anyways, he said 7:30. So usually when I leave, I pack my camera bag with a water and leave. But today my mom wanted to pack me water, I raised my voice slightly and told her I can pack water myself. My dad stood up from the couch and started yelling at me telling me to get out. Screaming, then after I remained silent and continued packing. He said I’m staying home. I said no and ran out the front door. I came back in and he said he’d call the cops if I left. Although I don’t think they can really do anything. Now I’m in my room packing. I don’t know what to do

  • 1800RUNAWAY

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  • Emma

    I’m Emma and I’m 13. Lets just get to the point. My dad left our family, we’re not the richest household, the friends I have ignore Мне, my internet friends are the only ones I can talk to but I have no social media, the cause of my sudden rising adhd symptoms is antisocialness because I don’t have reliable friends that I have access to, I have no life, I get bad grades but it hurts my head doing the pointless homework, I’m going insane pacing in circles and talking to myself, I have no one else to turn to, I just need to restart. I’ve lost everything and I can’t live the life I’m living in isolation. Help Мне get away safely.

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  • Chantel

    Okay so im 17 and I live it washington state. If im fileing for emancipation can my,parents report me as a eun away if i stay somewhere else before the heering? I havnt put it in yet but im basically locked in my room and cant go file it. But what if i leave before i file it so i can prove i can handle,living on my own.

  • 1800RUNAWAY

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  • Anonymous

    Hi I’m 13 years old and I want to go live with my friend because my mother uses me to so everything in the house and outaide involving chores and cleaning and when ever I say why don’t you do something for once she starts yelling and gets in my face and if I try to say anything back to her about it she ethier sends me to my room or trys to smack me after all that happens I want to run away to my friends house that night not caring if it’s dark because of my mom but if I do she’ll call the cops on me but I don’t want to be here anymore what should I do?

  • Chantel Fatorma

    It’s not worth it. You’ll regret it after. You can’t run away for doing chores. She’s not abusing you. You have no good reason to run away. If you’re going to talk back to her and say why don’t you do anything…. what do you expect for her to do. Be nice. You’re talking to her rudely. Be respectful. A mom does alot and it’s mother’s day and you can’t do one chore for her. …. she’s not the problem. It’s you. You’re only being lazy. She raised you. Gave birth to you. And you can’t help her in return for doing a chore. You’re selfish.

  • 1800RUNAWAY

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  • Anonymous

    Hi im 12 years old. I live in Ohio and I want to know if it is legal for me to run away and stay at a friends house for a maximum of 2 days. Please let me know very soon. I have to get off now I dont want my step dad to find me on the computer. Please contact me back im scared.

  • Katie Schulz

    I’m 17 and am thinking about running away. I don’t know for how long it I want to get out. My parents verbally abuse me and its starting to get worse. I’m scared its going to turn physical because they’re showing signs of more aggression. My friends are saying I can stay with them but I don’t want their families getting in trouble. Please contact me soon.

  • Anonymous

    Well I learned that if you are 16 or over you dont have to go back home. im not sure. Im in the same situation Katie. Im the 12 year old from Ohio that wrote the comment under yours. I wish you luck!

  • 1800RUNAWAY

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  • 1800RUNAWAY

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  • ItsRlife

    Hi if you run away will the person you stay with go to jail i really need to know because i am planing on running away and i don’t ant my friend to get in trouble with the police

  • buttershine

    Hi im 16 and i live in California my parents keep me in a place where im verbally and physically abuse and i want to leave and my parents are no better them selves my mom is a drug addict is it legal for me to leave from time to time when they did not stop me they just say ur being reported as a runaway

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  • Lexi Arabella

    I think that’s a stupid reason to run away and it’s illegal.

  • KeAsia Cantrell

    Hi I’m about to be 15 and my mother told me that I can’t go back to school have contact with this woman I grew up with or ever return to the school I’m attending. She makes me feel like running away is the only thing I can do because my education is very important to me. I don’t want to have to miss the Last exams we have. I need to go to school. I need to see my “grandma.”
    Help Me Please

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  • Sophia fernsler

    Can someone tell me the laws if I’m running away under 18 and out of country. I’m serious, and Im planning to live with my dad. Just want to know possible consequences if I get caught .

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  • jasmine

    im 17 my dad has full custody of me and my mother lives out of state i am graduating high school in June my mom i comming down here for the ceremony after graduating i am planning to go live with my mom my dad is not allowing me to but i feel that i am mature enough to make decisions for myself that will eventually benefit me in the future is it illegal if i were to just go even though he said no

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  • jasmine

    that didnt answer my question ):

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  • Jaiden

    my mom and step dad are fighting and i want to be alone but i don’t feel safe staying in my own room. Should I run to my dads house because i feel comfortable there or should i stay and deal with it.

  • 1800RUNAWAY

    Hi, Jaiden. Thank you for writing to us. This is very brave of you. We are sorry to hear that you are dealing with a difficult situation. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center is available 24-7 to help you stay safe and direct you to resources in your area. We are also able to simply speak with you and help you deal with this situation. You can reach us on our hotline at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or if you cannot speak with us, you can send an email or use our live chat on our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. Our staff can help you to find the best solution for your needs. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Colleen Perkins

    My ex has custody of our 3 children. Our 15 year old has been experiencing emotional abuse and my ex has been alienating me from the children for years, and since I’ve had more time with our 15yr old he has been experiencing the alienation. He is now planning on running away and even has a bag packed because if he tells his father he wants to come live with me he will be “punished” We live in Michigan and I don’t know what to do.

  • Hi, Colleen. Thank you for reading our blog and for contacting us. It sounds like you and your family are dealing with a complicated and difficult situation. We are here to help. Our crisis services center is available at any time to help you create a plan of action for your next move and can direct you to services in your area that can help. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat on our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Jess

    You’re in trouble

  • aubrey

    i want to run away but im 10. and plus my 9 year old friends are comeing. so i have 2 9 year olds comeing with me. hopefully one of you guys can help me out?!

  • Hi, Aubrey. Thank you for finding us. Before you choose to run away, please consider giving us a call. We would like to hear why you are thinking about running away and if we can help you in any way. Please call us at 1-800-786-2929, or send us an email or use our live chat on our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. Thank you!

  • KayLee

    I’m almost 15… and I live with my grandparents and schizophrenic uncle, I’ve never felt at home or safe… when I met my boyfriend I instantly felt safe and at home… but he’s in Michigan and I’m in Idaho… so I’m not sure about this…

  • adriana

    Hi I’m adriana and I don’t fell confterbl in my moms house any more she let’s my step dad talk mess about me and I don’t know what to do he says so much things and I feel like I’m not worth living anymore I have told one of my friends I’ve known them since preschool and her mother is like mine my mom and she is giving me a place to stay if I’m willing to leave I just need help on if they can get in trouble for what I’m deciding I am 14 years old

  • Hi, KayLee. Thank you for finding us and for reading our blog. We are here to listen and to help. It sounds like you are dealing with a difficult situation. Our crisis services center can listen to you, help you create a plan of action that will keep you safe and off the street, as well as direct you to resources in your area that can help. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us a message or use our live chat on our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Hi, Adriana, Thank you for finding us and choosing to contact us. It sounds like you are dealing with a complicated situation. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center is available 24-7-365 to listen to your needs, help you create a plan of action that will keep you safe and off the street, as well as give you resources that can help. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY (800-786-2929) or send us an email or use our live chat function on our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope you choose to reach out to us soon.

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  • Zhaire Simpson

    hi im zhaire my dad has been yolking me up yelling spitting in my face saying he cant take it nomore but wont let me go to a family i am scared he has hit and abused me in the past i have pressed charges in the past to but made them go away cause he said he was gonna do what do i d

  • John Robert Geliberte

    Hi, I’m john. My Girlfriend’s stepdad and mom is kinda isolating her and forcing her to do something against her will. She’s kinda locked up in their house and not letting her out with her friends. She’s not even allowed to go to a mall without them escorting her. If she runs away, is that illegal? And what if he runs to me and live with me. Is that illegal? She about to turn 20 and and i’m 20. She’s very stressed and very depressed at their house because of the things her mom was telling her.

  • Hi, Zhaire. Thank you for reading our blog and for contacting us. It sounds like you are dealing with a very difficult situation. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center is available at any time to listen to your needs, help you create a plan of action that will help you keep you safe and off the streets, and direct you to resources in your area that can help. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat on our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Hi John. Thank you for locating us and for reading our blog. Based on your description, it sounds like your girlfriend is dealing with a complicated situation. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center is available 24-7 to listen to your girlfriend’s needs, help her create a plan of action that will keep her safe and off the street, as well as direct her to resources in the area that can help. We ask that you share our hotline number with her: 1-800-RUNAWAY, as well as our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org, where she can also email us or use our live chat. We hope to hear from her soon.

  • Terri white

    Iam from Kalamazoo Michigan, I have a girlfriend who is in need of help! She has raised her niece from a baby, she is now 14 she has flunked 9th grade, she has ran away, took all of clothes, I’ve called the police they can’t help said that she hasn’t commited any crime, I’ve called CPS, they won’t help, iam worried about her, but I cannot deal with her anymore and her Grandmother don’t want her, and her mother can’t get her, Can someone direct me to a place in my town Kalamazoo Michigan that can help me with this situation Please.

  • Hi, Terri. Thank you for finding us and choosing to contact us. It sounds like this is a difficult situation. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center is available right now to help refer you to resources in your area that can help, as well as help you create a plan of action for your next move. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat function on our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Autumn Sharick

    Hi I’m Autumn, I’m in the Foster care system and I live with my aunt she has power of attorney over me because someone had to check me into the hospital and sign for procedures. I’m 17 years old and I live in Michigan. She is mentally abusive and multiple other situations. I want to leave, she won’t tell me how long she has power of attorney, she won’t let me see paperwork. She told me when I’m 18 I can see the paperwork. Someone that went to the court house with her told me that it was 90 days that she got granted. But she won’t show me or tell me the truth. I talked to a police officer and he told me that I wouldn’t get in trouble as long as all she has is 90 days because those 90 days are up. I don’t want to get sent to a detention center, I want to leave. I have a stable place to go, a job, and anything else I need. I want to leave, I’m very depressed I cry at least 2 hours everyday. I’m not happy here at all and I don’t know what to do about it because I don’t know how long she was granted power of attorney. Is 90 days of power of attorney to short of a time? Or can someone get granted 90 days? I just need HELP and DON’T want to get locked up.. for trying to be happy. Please help me.

  • Autumn Sharick

    I’m also not allowed to talk to my grandparents or anything like that. Just because my aunt doesn’t like them. I don’t know what to do.. and she doesn’t let me anywhere, she doesn’t even leave me home alone and I’m 17. I have to go to work with her all day. I just need help.

  • Hi, Autumn. Thank you for reading our blog and for contacting us. It sounds like you have been going through a very difficult time. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center is available at any time to listen to your needs, help you create a plan of action for your next move that will keep you safe and off the street, as well as refer you to resources in your area that can help. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat function on our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Edward

    Hey I’m Edward I’m 12 and I want to run away to my friends house could they legally adopt me

  • Tiffany blake

    Hi. I’m 15 years old and I live in New York. My mom has been hitting me and I feel unsafe around her. I have a scar on my arm because one time in the 5th grade she hit me too hard. I feel like running away or maybe even killing myself because she always tells me that I’m stupid and that I never do anything right and tells me I’m a loser and I’ll never do good in life and when I’m 18 I’ll come crawling back to her because I’m gonna be unprepared with how much of a lazy person I am. I go out with her to many places, and I talk to her a lot and tell her everything… She doesn’t wanna listen to me and always gets angry at me easily and I just feel unwanted and unloved. I want to run away but I know I won’t go to my boyfriends’ house because I’m afraid that his parents will get into trouble. Any advice? Should I run away or stay here? I feel like if I stay here any longer I might kill myself, as I’ve been very depressed for about 3 years now and have self harmed before because I feel unwanted.

  • Hi, Edward. Thank you for choosing to contact us. It sounds like you are in a complicated situation. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center is available 24-7 to listen to you, help you create a plan of action that will keep you safe, and refer you to services in your area that can help. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY,

  • Hi, Tiffany. Thank you for being so brave by choosing to contact us. We are sorry to hear this. It sounds like you are in the middle of a very difficult situation. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center is available at any time to listen to your needs, help you create a plan of action for your next move that will keep you safe and off the street, as well as direct you to resources in your area that can help. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat on our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Steve G0ldXX

    Last year a turkey was sent across the world on a plane, but I was the turkey all along. I ran away so mom could make room for the tuna.

  • Steve G0ldXX

    I was an apple that didn’t fall from the tree. While all my brothers and sisters played on the ground I was stuck in the tree. I didn’t know what to do, so I decided to run away but I didn’t have legs. Suddenly my stem fell off and I hit the ground. I decided to roll away and never come back. I was scared because I had just hatched. It was always my dream to be apple juice. But I would never be Apple juice. I am gone forever. An old lady seen me and I got peeled, I died but rose from the grave. I rolled to the oven and was made into Apple pie. I was dead. I came back and killed every fruit excepts apples. I went into the ocean and was never seen again. But somebody seen me and it was all over. I was returned to my tree and my stem was replaced I spent 3 nights in the hospital but they thought I was food for the patients. I jumped into a cup and was made into Apple juice. But a seed hit the ground and it all started over again.

  • Steve G0ldXX

    Last Thursday my friend and I went into the woods and got lost. I didn’t know where I was so I told him to just run. I thought about it for a while. Our lives suck and I really wanted to leave. My dad always makes me feel like I’m the worst person that ever lived. And for a while I actually started to believe him. I know there are people that have it worse than me. But I really feel like I’ve messed up and I just wanna leave and start over somewhere else.

  • WhaleHatr91/2

    Hello. Im 9 and 1/2 year old. i live with my aunt and uncle. they are kinda weird. i always here them in the room making moaning noises. i think they are trying to be whales. i just wanna leave because im really scared of whales. i think one touched me in the water one time.

  • WhaleHatr91/2

    i also fucked my dog

  • Steve G0ldXX

    I was an apple that didn’t fall from the tree. All my brothers and sister got to have fun on the ground, but I was stuck in the tree. One day my stem broke and I hit the ground. I was gonna run away but I didn’t have legs. I got to the ground and I rolled away. My dream was to be Apple juice. I never fit in at school. I got peeled and made to apple pie. I died but rose from the grave. I rolled into the ocean and was never seen again.

  • Steve G0ldXX

    I was the turkey all along. I was shipped over seas. I left home so mom could make room for the tuna.

  • Steve G0ldXX

    back in the day I got kicked outta the KKK for wearing a shirt with Snoop Dogg on it. First I got a warning that I might get kicked bc I watched rocky and Apollo won. A turkey was sent overseas but I was the turkey all along. I left so mom could make room for the tuna.

  • Steve G0ldXX

    Have you seen this apple?
    Name:Franklin
    Age: 8
    Lost 5/16/2013
    Please Help!!!

  • Lena

    Hai..im lena im 12 and i live i North Carolina..my aunt keeps yelling at me and blaming it on me and she took my keys and told me to go if i have somewhere to go should i go?

  • Hi, Lena. Thank you for finding us and for choosing to contact us. It sounds like you are dealing with a very difficult situation. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center is available 24-7 to listen to your needs, help you create a plan of action that will keep you safe and off the street, as well as refer you to resources in your area that can help. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat on our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Emily

    Sweetie. If you are being abused you have to tell someone and they will take you away from your mom. You will need to gather evidence of scarring and bruises.

  • Hi, Tiffany. Thank you for finding us and choosing to contact us. It sounds like you are in the middle of a very difficult situation. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis call center is available 24-7 to listen to your story, help you create a plan of action for your next move that will keep you safe and off the streets, as well as refer you to resources in your area that can help. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat on our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • BabyBoy7887

    Runaway rules

    1.Have a little money saved up.

    2.Find food might be difficult so you might have to dumpster dive or buy off a dollor menu.

    3.Practice sleeping uncomfortable because you are not going to sleep in a bed.

    4.If you can stay with a friend, but not forever because that puts you in Danger from the police.

    5.Bring a lighter, flash light, some batteries,food, and maybe a pillow in a book bag.

    6.Leave when it’s good weather, don’t leave when it’s like zero degrees and bring warm clothing because it’s going to be cold at least in the winter.
    P.S better to be safe than sorry.

    7.If possible, get a job. If you’re sixteen or older, you may be able to get a job and settle down in your new location. It’s the best way to keep your cash flowing – and besides, you didn’t want to go back home anyway, right? If you can give them a phone number, an address, and look showered, you may be in.

    8.Hitchhike. Maybe you’ve decided that wherever you are, you can’t stay. That’s okay. If you’re out of cash, one of your options is to hitchhike It’s illegal in many places, but sometimes you have to do what you have to do. Here are the details:

    1.Position yourself near a gas station near the entrance to a freeway or highway. You will then be able to approach the drivers that you think may give you a ride (young and old people are best; avoid those in suits and those that look crazy). If that’s not an option, get near the on-ramp or a low-speed road – the drivers need time to see you and slow down.

    2.When someone does stop, act approachable, happy, and comfortable with your situation. And then survey them: do you want to ride with them? Trust your gut; if it says no, politely decline. If it says yes, get in, put your bag in the back, and keep your hands on your knees (to show that you’re not a threat).

    9. jump trains. Don’t want to hitchhike, eh? Then your next free-transport method of travel is jumping trains. It’s not relaxing, but it can get you from point A to point B. Here’s how to get started:

    1. Go to your local train station and get a copy of the schedule. Find the train you want to take to your preferred destination. When it arrives, get on a middle car when an agent steps away from the door. Sit down as if you came from a prior stop, and keep an eye out for the agent. When you see him or her coming for your ticket, hop into the bathroom. If he or she actually knocks on the bathroom, be on the toilet and none too happy about being intruded upon. Your only other option is wandering about the entire time, never really sitting down.

  • EFFY

    i’m 24 with some minter issues i am running away to be with the one i love my parents wont let us be together im 24 is it ok to run im with his baby

  • Heaven Talamantes

    I am 13 and from Colorado. Me and my mom keep arguing and getting to the point where I can’t take it anymore. She won’t let me be with my girlfriend just because she doesn’t want us to. She has made really scared that everytime we argue shes seems like she wants to hit me. Also she has caused me to do self harm because she makes me feel worthless. I want to leave soon but I want to make sure that I won’t get myself or anyone else in trouble if I do. I was also wondering how long do police look for a runaway until they give up?

  • 1800RUNAWAY

    EFFY, NRS wants to help. Please call 1-800-RUNAWAY or chat/email at http://www.1800RUNAWAY.org . We are here to listen and help you come up with a plan.

  • Katy Walsh

    Heaven, It sounds like you’re having a rough time with your mom. NRS wants to help. Please call 1-800-RUNAWAY or chat/email at http://www.1800RUNAWAY.org. We are here to listen and help you come up with a plan.

  • Lena,
    NRS is here to listen to your story and help you develop a plan. Please contact our crisis intervention team at 1-800-RUNAWAY or info@1800RUNAWAY.org or live chat at http://www.1800RUNAWAY.org. We want to help.

    NRS Communications Team

  • Nicole

    Hi I’m 10 and my uncle and his girlfriend are living in my room and I was find at first but I don’t have my own space I want to run away
    Help
    And my parents don’t care

    Help!!!!!!!!!

  • Snow husky Tv

    I’m nine and live in wales.Sometimes I think about running away but then I do not want to leave cause my parents told me never to leave the house/run away .The reason I want run away is when I clean my
    room I sometimes forget something and my mum comes to check and before she found a disk and she thru it at me It just skimmed me below the eye.Sometimes I do not feel safe near her .What do I do?

  • Hi SNTV, thank you for finding our blog and choosing to contact us. Please be aware that we are only able to serve those within America with recommendations and resources, but we are available to speak with you if you need someone to talk to. You can reach us at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or by using our live chat or sending us an email through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Hi, Nicole. Thank you for reading our blog and contacting us. It sounds like you are dealing with a difficult situation. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center is available at any time to listen to your needs, help you create a plan of action that will keep you safe and off the streets, as well as refer you to resources in your area that can help. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat on our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Izzy

    I’m 11 (almost 12!) and I want to run away. My parents never give me freedom or even leave the house. Please help.

  • Laurean

    Truth be told I was punched in the face and threatened by my father I’m an 11 year old girl and I want to run away I have money for food and that I also have a big back pack

  • Hi, Izzy. Thank you for finding our blog and for reaching out to us. It sounds like you are in a complicated situation. We are here to help. In order to best assist you, we ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat function through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Hi, Laurean. Thank you for writing to us. it sounds like you are in a potentially harmful situation. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center is available 24-7, 365, to listen to your story, help you create a plan of action that will keep you safe and off the street, as well as refer you to resources in your area that can help. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat function on our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Tøri

    My friend was filed a run awayand I know where she is and where she is heading, what should I do??

  • Riddhi

    This is bullshit I wanna run away from my mom why cant we fuckin do wht we want it our life so many fuckin rules im not going to follow

  • Riddhi

    Im 16 turning 17

  • Hi, Riddhi. Thank you for finding our blog and for choosing to reach out to us. It sounds like you are having a hard time right now. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center is available 24-7 to listen to your concerns, help you create a plan of action for your next move, as well as provide referrals to services in your area that can help. We suggest that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat function through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Hi, Tori. Thank you for reaching out to us for help. We suggest that you contact our crisis services center to get more information on how you can help your friend. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat function through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Joel Franco

    i have a friend that is 15 her mom treats her really bad she tells her do this or u can’t do this i need help so i could help her cause she wants to runaway

  • Hi, Joel. Thank you for reading our blog and for choosing to contact us. It sounds like your friend is going through a very difficult time. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center is available right now and at any time to listen to her needs, help her create a plan of action that will keep her safe and off the street, as well as refer her to resources in your area that can help. We ask that you direct her to call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat function through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from her soon.

  • Faiz

    Hi I’m 14 nd I need to run away I have a hard time in school I smoke 4 fagz. a day I have problems with family but I need to know if there is anywhere I can live for a year or 2 please I need to do this I can’t go back too school or stay at home anymore

  • layla cardoza

    So i am 15 and from washington state my family treats me awfully and i need to leave i have been thinking about runnung away for a while now but i want to know the runaway laws in my state and what are the penilties for harboring a runaway

  • Hi, Faiz. Thank you for finding us and choosing to contact us. it sounds like you are going through a rough time right now. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center is available 24-7 to listen to you, help you create a plan of action that will keep you safe and off the street, as well as refer you to resources in your area that can help. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat function through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Hi, Layla. Thank you for reading our blog and for reaching out. It sounds like you are in a complicated situation. We are here to listen and to help. In order to best answer your question, we suggest calling our crisis services center. Our liners will be able to provide the information you need. Please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or visit our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Bergen Amb

    I’m 15 and from North Dakota. I’m diagnosed with depression and anxiety, and i just don’t want to be at my house for a while. I’ve been very overwhelmed recently and I just need to be with someone else other than my family. My parents don’t seem to understand. I have a friend who is willing to take care of me for a few days; I just need to figure out the runaway laws in my state for when i return, because I am sure my mom will call the police immediately upon me leaving.

    I just can’t stand being at my house anymore. I need to get out.

  • Hi, Bergen. Thank you for reading our blog and for deciding to contact NRS. It sounds like you are going through a difficult time right now. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center is available 24-7 to listen to your needs, help you create a plan of action for your next move that will keep you safe and off the street, as well as provide referrals to resources in your area that can help. In order to best answer your questions, we ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat function through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Tori

    I am thinking about running away. My stepmom is terrible to me and acts like I’m not there sometimes and if she does she yells at me for everything I do and she treats her kids like they are perfect angles and they get everything they want. Ever since my mom has gotten married she has also been very rude and yells at me if I even so much as mutter towards my stepdad. I just feel like I don’t belong. I already have a plan of action but I need to know the legal consequences of running away at age 12 in Illinois

  • Hi, Tori. Thank you for choosing to reach out to us. It sounds like you are dealing with a tough situation. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center is available at any time to listen to your concerns, help you to create a plan of action for your next move, as well as provide referrals to services in your area that can help. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat function through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Faith

    I really want to run away i cant stand my life. My family doesnt even talk to eachother im so miserable here. We dont have hot water or electricity because we cant aford it and we barly have food. I tried talking to my dad before about living with a family that my family is really close to and they want to take me in because they know how bad everything is and how miserable i am but my dad wouldnt let me and freaked out when i asked. He refuses to talk to me about it and i cant talk to my mom because i have a very bad relationship with my mom. I cant stand it here i cry myself to sleep every night i am always at a friends house for as long as possible because i cant stand it at home. Im so unhappy i just wat to runaway please is there anyway i can without getting in trouble. I will be 15 september 1st and i live in colorado. Please help

  • Hi, Faith. Thank you for sharing your story. It sounds like you are going through a really difficult time. We are here to listen and to help.

    Our crisis services center is here 24-7 to listen to you, help you to create a plan of action that will keep you safe and off the streets, as well as give you referrals to services and resources in your area that can help you. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat function through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon. Take care.

  • Victoria

    Hi, I am 19 and i am planning to leave my house soon. My brother who is 13 at the moment wants to runaway with me before he turns 18. We live in New York and im sure my parents will accuse me of kidnapping. I just need to know what steps i need to take. Such as getting health insurance when i leave, and possibly adopting my brother.

  • Hi, Kierra. Thank you for writing to us and for waiting patiently for our response. It sounds like this is a very difficult situation. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center is available at any time to listen to you, help you create a plan of action that will keep you safe and off the street, as well as provide referrals to services in your area that can help. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Hi, Victoria. Thank you for reaching out to us. It sounds like you have a serious set of decisions to make. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center is available 24-7 to listen to your needs, help you to create a plan of action for you and your brother that will keep you both safe and off the streets, as well as suggest resources in your area that can help. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • R

    Hi I am 12 and I don’t wanna live with my mom I want to go live with my grandfather my mom is terrible i feel like if I am mentally ill I need help please I don’t know what to do help me

  • Hi, R. Thanks for finding us. It sounds like you might be going through a tough time right now. We are here to help. Our service center is here to listen, and to help you to figure out what to do next. We ask that you please call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send an email to info@1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope that you reach out to us soon.

  • a

    Hi I’m 14 and a few months after I turn 15 I’m planning on running away from ny to a different state after I save up enough money and when I turn 16 I’m planning on legally emancipated my self. Do I need a lawyer to emancipate myself and if so how do I go about it?

  • Hi, A. Thank you for choosing to reach out. It sounds like you are facing a very tough decision. We are here to help. You can get help from our crisis services center, available 24 hours a day. They can listen to your needs, help you create a plan of action that will keep you safe, as well as direct you to resources in your area that can help. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat function through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We look forward to hearing from you.

  • AP

    hi, I’m 17 and live with my aunt in Minnesota while my parents live in South Dakota. I hate it here, my uncle creeps me out to the extreme. I’m thinking about taking my car and going back to South Dakota and living with friends and getting a job and just hiding out for a year. how much trouble would I get in if I got caught?

  • Nae B Hot

    Hi I’m 14 and I will soon be 15 next month I hate living with my grandma my mom is in jail and my dad did not want me so my grandma is my legal guardian I am always critized judged and talked about for being myself her I am emotionally broken down and I want to run away is there a place k can go for runaways or can I get emancipated at this age of the circumstances are harsh

  • Hi, AP. Thank you for reaching out to us and for your patience while waiting for a response. It sounds like you are dealing with some serious issues right now. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center staff is available at any time to listen to your concerns, help you to create a plan of action that will keep you safe, as well as provide referrals to resources in your area that can help. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Hi, Nae. Thank you for reading our blog and for choosing to contact us. The situation you described sounds very difficult to deal with. We are here to help. Our frontline staff in our crisis services center are available 24-7 to listen to you, help you to create a plan of action that will keep you safe and off the street, as well as refer you to services in your area that can help. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat option through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Chantel

    After reading what I had said, i do realize what I said was wrong and in no way respectable. I dont know if anyway possible this comment could be removed?

  • Chantel, thank you for checking in. We can remove this as soon as possible. We appreciate your help.

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  • Eva

    I’m 11 and I live in England. I hate my life and I want to run away. Is it illegal for me to run away? Also where could I stay?

  • jazymine

    hi im jazymine and i live in chicago il souuth side and i went to cacth up with my sister around the couner but my mom didnt know and in grounged and i dont know if i should run away but i want to please help

  • Britt Vanah

    hi I’m Brittany and I live in San Antonio Texas lately I feel I’ve had enough staying with my parents my dad and my step mom leave me at home constantly never telling me where there going they both hate me and always threaten to send me away. Recently my dad said he was going to sign his rights away if” I fucked up again” bc I constantly lie to my step mom because of our relationship and the fact that I feel ever since she married my dad she has been trying to drive me and my siblings out so that she could start a new family with my dad. I don’t like it here I can honestly say I want to run away but I am sixteen and I don’t know where to go I could stay at a friends house for short term but long term I need somewhere to go. If my dad does sign away his rights I don’t know a family that will adopt me or if he’ll even let me get adopted. I just want to feel loved I want a family that loves me. Ever since I was little I never felt loved. My mom abandoned me and my siblings to go out and drink her life away when my dad noticed he took us away from her but now I feel like ever since he married my step mom he resents us and wishes we didn’t look like my mom or act like her. My siblings are older and of age and both are in college but I am stuck here with two more years of high school I am currently a junior and I don’t think I can last till graduation I feel depressed and don’t know if ill ever find a family that loves me..

  • Hi, Eva. Thank you for finding us and choosing to contact us. Please know that we are an organization that serves the United States, and we are not able to comment on runaway laws in other countries. However, you may be able to receive help from:

    http://www.runawayhelpline.org.uk/

    We hope that you are able to get the help you deserve. We wish you the best.

  • Hi, Jazymine. Thank you for finding our blog and choosing to reach out to us. It sounds like you are dealing with a lot right now. We are here to listen and to help. Running away from home is a complicated choice, but we can help by listening to your story. We can also help you to create a plan of action that will keep you safe. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Hi, Britt. Thank you for reading our blog and contacting us. It sounds like you are going through a lot right now. We are here to listen and to help.

    Our crisis services center is available at any time to listen to your concerns, help you to create a plan of action for your next move that will keep you safe and off the street, as well as connect you to resources in your area that can help.

    We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Carter Kelly

    my mom put me on house arrest for leaving town to have a sleepover when she was outta town too i was watching myself and she didn’t know i left is she aloud to put me on house arrest i am 14 years old

  • Carter Kelly

    good advice

  • Thanks,Carter. And we are happy to listen to your concerns, as well. Please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org.

  • Rose Rhodes

    Hey, my friend Garret is 13. He’s a Mormon and his family judges gays, which is a reason he won’t come out, but at the time, he wants to so that his family disowns him. Garret’s parents act like they can control his life and are making poor decisions for him. He does not want to take this to court by all means, but staying with them is causing him a lot of stress. Once the quarter is over, he wants to run away on fall break. He wishes to stay at my house. I’m a 13 y/o girl who lives under her parents roof. Is he aloud to do so? Would going back to school and his parents searching for him be a lot of trouble? I fear they would be able to get in contact with his parents when he shows up on campus, thus getting both of us in trouble. What do we do?

  • Hi, Carter. Thank you for your patience in waiting for a response. We apologize for the delay.

    It sounds like you are dealing with a tough situation at home. We are here to help. If you would like to talk about your concerns, we are here to listen, 24-7.

    Our crisis services center will work with you to create a plan of action for your next move, as well as give you referrals to resources in your area that can help. We ask that you give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or use our live chat function or send us an email through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Hi, Rose. Thank you for sharing this information on behalf of your friend.

    This sounds like a very difficult situation for your friend. We are always available to help. Our crisis services center is here 24-7 to listen to your friend’s needs. We can also work with him to create a plan of action for his next move that will keep him safe and off the street, as well as provide referrals to services in your area that can help.

    We ask that you please pass along our phone number, 1-800-RUNAWAY, and encourage him to call us. He can also access our services through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org.

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    faggit

  • We do not tolerate hateful, racist, sexist, or threatening language on our website or blog. Rose, we apologize if you were insulted or hurt by this comment.

  • Samantha

    I am 16 years old and I want to be able to go out with friends when I want, and go where I want, do I still need parental permission? If I go against them can they still call the police? I live in the U.K.

  • Hi, Samantha. Thank you for reaching out to us. Please know that we are an organization that serves citizens of the United States. We would not be able to provide legal information for the United Kingdom. However, we are to listen if you need to speak with someone. The best option for you may be using our live chat function through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We would also suggest locating a service similar to ours that serves your area. Thank you for your understanding.

  • Juan

    I’m 18 years of age and I am sick and tired of living with dictatorial parents. It’s like they think I have no rights and that I can’t have my own thoughts that go against theirs. I want to leave for good without any goodbyes and move in with a friend a year older than me. What possible consequences could I face if I live in Massachusetts?

  • Hi, Juan. Thank you for finding our blog.

    The situation you describe sounds very complicated, but we are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center staff can work with you to figure out your next best steps, and create a plan of action that will keep you safe and off the street. We can also connect you with resources in your area that can help.

    In order to best serve you, we could use more information and background on your issues. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or use our live chat function or send us an email through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Alli

    So I’m a 17 year old girl living in Ohio. I don’t think you guys have Ohio up yet with your blog series. I’m not running away, persay, I just need to spend the night with a friend so that things can cool down at home. However, my parents say if I do, they will report me as a runaway. If they do so, what would happen? I am literally going to stay maybe one night.

  • Hi, Alli. Thank you for checking in. We are here to help.

    If you would like more information, we would appreciate it if you could give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or use our live chat function or send us an email through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We can then work with you to create a plan of action for your next move that will keep you safe and off the street.

    We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Madison

    Hi I’m turning 16 in two months, and I am sick and tired of being with my parents. I rather not live in fear, of them beating me and them killing my cat if I forget to do the smallest thing they asked.. If I runaway and go to my friends house, can her dad go to court with me about abuse and adopt me?

  • Hi, Madison. Thank you for finding us and sharing your story. It sounds like you are going through a difficult time right now. We are here to listen and to help.

    Our crisis services center is available 24-7 to listen to you, help you to create a plan of action that will keep you safe and off the street, as well as direct you to resources in your area that can help. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or use our live chat or send us an email through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org.

    We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Chris Duenas

    Hey, I’m a 16 year old and this is my story. I came home from visiting my biological mom and decidedad that I want to move in with her, but as soon as I told my dad, he got distant and my step mom told him, and is still telling him, that I’m trying to piss him off. It gets worse every day and I just had an argument with him. He said I tried to push him down stairs when I told him he slapped me in the face and pushed me down. What do I do? I also live on base, so would that might be a problem?

  • Hi, Chris. Thank you for reaching out to us. It sounds like this is a difficult situation. We are here to listen and to help.

    Our crisis services center is available at any time to listen to you, to help you to create a plan of action for your next move that will keep you safe and off the street, as well as direct you to resources in your area that can help.

    We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or use our live chat or send us an email through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Ashley Jeanne

    hello my name is Ashley been living with my mom my life my father had passed away January 1 of last year I’ve been making my way on trying to live with my mom it’s been hard you have our ups and we have a downs we’ve been good for a long time I am disabled meaning I have a high function I do have high panic attacks i’m 27 years old and I don’t feel safe here anymore today me and my mom got him to do argument over money she called me ungrateful bitch sorry for the language and I only speak for myself and I don’t help out around the house I do help out she doesn’t see it because she’s not home because she works I want to help I don’t want to live here anymore I want to be on my own my boyfriend’s parents would mind taking me and I have to talk to them but my mom always says that if I believe that she will call the cops on me I don’t want that I don’t want to be that kind of person but I want her to understand that I don’t like living with her wish there was a way anyway you could help me

  • Josh

    Hey my name is Josh and I’m 16 years old. I am having trouble at home staying with my mom. We don’t have anything in common and that causes us to not get along at all and fight over everything single tiny thing! She just told me that I can not stay out any later than 6 pm after school anymore! She says I am asking for too much Money when I am hungry for after school. On the other side when I come to my dads we never fight or anything we are almost the same exact person and everything! He makes me laugh and makes everything better when I come over! They say I can live with him but I don’t want to move schools at all. Which is what I might be having to do if things don’t get worked out between me and my mom. I always say to my self that I can easily run A away from home at night time. Only reason why I don’t want to be at my house is because my mom is making everything difficult for me! I’m very depressed half the time like just recently I have been extremely depressed and my mom still wants to throw things on top of it! I can’t do anything about it and it just sucks! I wish things were different at home for me!

  • Hi, Madison. Thank you for finding us and reaching out. It sounds like you are going through a lot right now. We are here to listen and to help.

    Our crisis services center is available 24-7 to listen to your needs, help you to create a plan of action for your next move that will keep you safe and off the street, as well as refer you to resources in your area that can help. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or use our live chat or send us an email through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Hi, Ashley. Thank you for finding us and for sharing your story. We are sorry to hear that you are having a difficult time right now. We are here to listen and to help.

    Our crisis services center is available at any time to listen to you, and can help you create a plan of action for your next move that will keep you safe and off the street. We can also share resources with you in your area that can help.

    We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Hi, Josh. Thank you for finding our blog and sharing your story.

    It sounds like you are going through a lot right now. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center is available at any time to listen to you, to help you create a plan of action for your next move that will keep you safe and off the street, and provide referrals to resources in your area that can help.

    To access this service, we ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Anonymous Advisor

    You are 27 years old so technically you can leave whenever you want legally. If she is holding you there against your will you can call the police. But if she isn’t I would suggest renting out a small studio apartment until you can figure out your situation. Otherwise try staying at your Mom’s house for a little while longer and figure out what you want to do, and try to scrape up a little bit of money until you can absolutely no longer live there anymore.

  • Ashley Jeanne

    thank you I really appreciate that I’m working on that my boyfriend’s parents said they would take me and when the time is I do the scape over there a lot so technically I look kind a live there I just couldn’t believe the fact that my mom would even put me in that situation she’s never been like this I don’t know what her problem is but I will be moving in with my boyfriend

  • Jose Hernandez

    Hello my name is Jose and I left ran away from my house this morning. I’m wondering if I am able to work and rent my own apartment ? I’m in San Diego California by the way.

  • Taylor

    Hi I’m 18 and want to leave home, can my parents call the cops on me or the people I’ll be living with ?

  • Mya

    Hello, I am 17(18 in February) and isn’t home to stay with my aunt and uncle for a while and my mom called cps and said I was a runaway. She continues to say that I am not allowed to stay with family or friends and my only option is to go into the system and live in a group home. Can I legally stay with my aunt and uncle if both my mom and step-dad are aware of it?

  • Hi, Jose. Thank you for finding our blog and choosing to reach out to us. It sounds like you are in the middle of a very difficult situation. We are here to listen and to help.

    Our crisis services center is available 24-7 to listen to your concerns, help you to create a plan of action that will keep you safe and off the street, as well as provide referrals to resources in your area that can help. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or use our live chat or send us an email through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Hi, Taylor. Thank you for finding us here and contacting us. It sounds like you have a difficult decision to make. We are here to listen and to help.

    Our crisis services center is available at any time to listen to your needs, help you to create a plan of action that will keep you safe and off the street, as well as provide resources in your area that can help.

    We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or use our live chat or send us an email through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope you decide to call us.

  • Hi, Mya. Thank you for your question. It sounds like you are dealing with a complicated situation. We are here to listen and to help.

    Our crisis services center can work with you to create a plan of action for your next move that will keep you safe and off the street, as well as provide referrals to resources in your area that can help. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Jack

    This is a hard one…hi I’m jack, so basically my friend told me some personal things that been happening to her at her house (internet best friend) I am 16 I live in England and she lives in Germany, if she wanted to runaway from her house and live with me what would the consequences be, I know I may not have a lot of information on this now as she told me a few days ago and I am rushing things but it’s best to have a plan then not. Thank you and

  • Jack

    She is 14 years old

  • Johnathan lilly

    Hello I’m 17 (18 in April) and have been thinking about running away because my living situation is not good. I’m already in the system and my social worker doesn’t want to help me even though that I am in a mentally abusive household (with my dad and his girlfriend). I would rather run away instead of doing something else like starting to cut or anything else.
    It really isn’t safe for me and I think it’s better to reach out for help.

  • Terra

    My name is Terra and I’m 15 years old. My living situation is bad and I want to run away, but I am nervous. My father is emotionally abusive and has physically hurt me in the past. I want to live with my mother, but my father is the custodial parent and he will not let me because he has control issues. I need to get away or else I feel like I will hurt myself eventually, as I have been getting more and more depressed and stressed because of this. I have places to stay but don’t want to risk getting my friend’s parents into any legal trouble, and I’m incredibly anxious about eventually having to return home, my father will be furious and try to pull me out of the art school I go to. I need help, I’m desperate to leave.

  • Hi, Madison. Thank you for finding us and we appreciate your patience as you waited for our response. It sounds like you are going through a lot right now. We are here to listen and to help.

    Our crisis services center is available 24-7 to listen to your needs, help you to create a plan of action for your next move that will keep you safe and off the street, as well as direct you to resources in your area that can help. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Hi, Jack. Thank you for finding us and sharing your story. Please know that we are agency that is only able to assist citizens of the United States. However, you may be able to find assistance with the following agency: http://www.runawayhelpline.org.uk/.

    We hope you are able to get the help you need.

  • Hi, Johnathon. Thank you for finding us and choosing to reach out. We understand that you are dealing with a lot right now. We are here to help.

    Our crisis services center is available at any time to listen to your needs, help you to create a plan of action for your next move that will keep you safe and off the street, as well as direct you to resources in your area that can help. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Hi, Terra. Thank you for reading our blog and for sharing your story. It sounds like you are in a tough situation right now. We are here to help.

    Our crisis services center is available 24-7 to listen to you, help you to create a plan of action that will keep you safe and off the street, as well as direct you to resources in your area that can help.

    We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org.

  • Jack

    Oh sorry I forgotten the main thing, she planning on flying to the USA and living with her bf but she only 14, the case was she got raped and I want to know how that will work if she is going to USA from Germany? And I will be helping her

  • Country Girl

    My name is Abby and I’m 14 years old and 6 months pregnant I will be 15 in two months and my mom is emotionally abusive and my dad isnt in my life he was physically abusive to me when I was little but I want to get out of where I am because my mom screams at me all the time for no reason I stay in my room I don’t go outside cause I will end up getting yelled at when I get back home but I was wondering would I get in trouble if I went to my boyfriend’s moms house or could she get custody of me without going in a court room I don’t feel safe at home I feel like I’ll hurt myself if I don’t get out of here

  • Hi, Abby. Thank you for finding us and choosing to contact us. It sounds like you are dealing with a lot right now. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center is available at any time to listen to you, to help you create a plan of action for your next move that will keep you safe and off the street, as well as provide referrals to resources in your area that can help. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat function through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Justin anderson

    Hi my name is Justin anderson, I was wonder if you guys could possibly help runaway to New York from Georgia. I would like to do so because. My girlfriend lives in New York and I would like to go there. I feel like I’m stuck on one place in life and I don’t wanna end up like the average American who repeats the same thing in life on the daily. I’m 15 btw

  • Hi, Justin. Thank you for contacting us. It sounds like you have a big decision to make. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center is available at any time to listen to your concerns, help you to create a plan of action that will keep you safe and off the street, as well as direct you to resources in your area that can help.

    We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat on our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Joeygurl

    Hi, so, I’m Joanna, and I want to run away, because, Because I want to meeting a friend from online, aka my boyfriend. And I also want to get away from my family bothers. My Mom left a month ago, abandoning the family. And I have my dad and sister left. They’d kind to me and all. Is it wrong of me to just want to start fresh?

  • Joeygurl

    and I’m 13

  • Chesh

    Yeah. So what I’m hearing is that you have the house entirely to yourself as both your mom and dad (plus sibling) ran away. And rather than continue life without them you want to find a new person to possibly depend on or possibly get maltreated by. So no, I wouldn’t say running away from (an empty) home is a good idea.

  • Chesh

    So… Was she raped by her bf in the U.S. or someone in her home? And what kind of “help” are you planning to implement?

  • Charles Hines

    Hi my name is Charles Hines and I am twelve and whenever any siblings do anything to me I get in trouble and it is making me really depressed and I want to run away from home. What do I do.

  • Podestris

    Hello I’m currently 12 and live in Trinidad, how old do I have to be to leave home and live with a friend I wanna do it when I’m 16 or 15 bit I don’t want to get my friend in trouble. I will most likely tell my parents where I am but possibly not. Will I get into any legal trouble?

  • Hi, Joanna. Thank you for finding our blog and contacting us. It sounds like you are dealing with a lot right now. We are here to listen and to help.

    Our crisis services center is available 24-7 to listen to your needs, help you to create a plan of action that will keep you safe and off the street, as well as provide referrals to resources in your area that can help. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat function through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Hi, Charles. Thank you for reaching out to us. It sounds like you are in tough situation right now. We are here to help. Our crisis services center is available at any time to listen to you, help you to create a plan of action for your next move that will keep you safe and off the street, as well as direct you to resources in your area that can help. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat function through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Hi, Podestris. Thank you for contacting us. Please know that we are only able to serve citizens of the United States. You might consider contacting a resource in your country. Here are some options: http://www.newsday.co.tt/0,7.html

  • Warleaf

    Yall know yall have very petty problems im 14 and i need a job desperatly and new everything all my gear is torn up for schooling and my whole family are a bunch of collectovist and they told the principal dont give me a work permit and im not allowed to leave my house or go outside unless im off to school im failing cause i have no money and my mom says il do it when i get paid for the last few years and i need new shoes and new clothes and who ever said united states kids were spoiled and if i do get a job i cant own a bank accout i cant keep the money my mom will take it all and spend it and not let me buy stuff when i do get money and yall have issues

  • Grace

    my name is grace im 10 going on 11 and I live in San Antonio I have a friend who is a guy and we want to run away together just as friends tho and we understand eachother we both have bags packed I have the survival gear and he has food ready what should we do

  • Beth H

    no “guy” that wants you to run away with him is a friend….he is a predator. Don’t do it honey…talk to another adult

  • Dt

    I know a someone that’s wants to run away would the law still press changes on them even if they been on the run since 14 or would their be no changes on them if they stay hidden till their 19 of age..

  • Heidi

    Im 14 and i wanna runaway to a sa

  • Heidi

    Im 14 i wanna run away because my mom physically hurts me so does my dad and im pregnant and im on house aresst but im tired of living here and the cops dont do nothing about it …idk if i could get caught if i runaway to an island kind of out of the usa an i got someone who lives there an theyve been on da run from here from wer i live in that island

  • Heidi

    U could do it but u need a place to stay at because u dont wanna get caught.. if ur living on the streets u cant tell no one what your gonna do eithar u need to change how u look like tooo

  • Cheyanne Lowery

    Hi, my name is Brianna and I am 11 years old. Me and my bestfriend Morgan are currently planning to run away in July.(right after our birthdays so we have money)I want to know if our reason is good enough to run away, Morgan has bipolar depression and her father does not believe in mental inless. Her dad thinks she is faking and only trying to get attention. She says she wants to run away because she does not feel happy at home. She is also suicidal and her dad thinks it’s only to stress him out. Should I go with her?is the reason good enough to run away?any tips?

  • ashley

    I’m in love man. I have enough money saved up to get where I want to be. I know my mom would say no instantly but this means the world to me. It hurts so much knowing that someone else could fall in love with him and I know it’s not fair for him to wait until I’m 18 and allowed to leave without needing permission from my guardians. I think it would be better off if I just left. I can’t handle not being with him physically and it’s tearing me apart. I don’t plan to leave until the summer of 2017 because I feel as if It will be easier to get away if I fake to go on vacation with a friend. thoughts?

  • kimreads

    All States are not here. what about hawaii and alaska?

  • Kim, thank you for checking in. We will be sure to add this information and share the link with you as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience.

  • Ky

    I’ve been in your shoes but I was 16 when I ran away and was homeless in San Francisco. If your underage and a runaway you can’t get a job unless you want to work under the table construction but if your a girl no one will hire a young girl for that. you would have to have a valid ID and social security card. And once they run that background check your parents get notified also if you are under 16 you need parent signature to work, so chances are you are going to start turning tricks. I spent months spanging, dumpster diving, being cold. If your living situation is that bad, call cps and go stay in Foster care, or the cops and live in Foster care. You are probably in a better situation than most people because when you really do run away, you won’t post it on the Internet. You just leave. And life gets unimaginably hard.

  • Hi, Heidi. Thank you for reading our blog. It sounds like you are dealing with a lot right now. Our crisis services center can help. Our frontline staff can work with you to create a plan of action for your next move that will keep you safe and off the street, as well provide resources in your area that can help. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or use our chat or send us an email through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Hi, Brianna. Thank you for finding our blog. It sounds like you and your friend have a difficult set of decisions to make. Our crisis services center can help you to stay safe and off the street. Our frontline staff can listen to your concerns and help you to create a plan of action for your next move. They can also direct you to services in your area that can help. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or use our chat or send us an email through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Hannah Mason

    Ok, so my name is Hannah, and I am facing a tough decision at the moment. I am 14 years old and I plan to runaway tomorrow late at night. Why? Well as of right now I am suffering with severe depression. I do self-harm as well, also I’m suicidal. About a few weeks ago I told my parents that I am suffering with all this. They were hesitant to believe me saying “that I did not show the symptoms”. They told me that I cut for attention and basically got me christian counselor. I cannot deal with this anymore, I feel like I’ll end up killing myself if I don’t run away, I have a super close friend who is like a sister to me and said that I could live with her, her grandmother even said she’d be okay with it. The main thing I’m worried about is my education. I want to continue going to school but I’m afraid my mom will come get me.I don’t want to ruin my future but if I don’t run away I feel like I won’t even have a future… I’m very conflicted right now….please help. Part of me is to afraid to call or chat because I’m shy when talking to strangers…

  • Sophie B

    oh no…that sounds horrible. believe it or not, I can understand where you are coming from. I know it sounds weird coming from a stranger…but I went through some shit like this a couple years ago and my mom ended up calling the police on me. I didn’t get arrested or anything, but the police say down and discussed what happened with me. sounds like you’re going through a rough time, and a really good friend and stable environment is what you need. I really hope things get better for you 🙂

  • Sophie B

    hey…also the Internet probably isn’t the best place to put this but…if you wanna talk to someone about the situation or have any questions…I might be able to help. so if you have an Instagram you can DM me…my Instagram is sophiemarie.b
    once again I hope things get better

  • Hi all. Thank you for sharing your stories. Please know that we are here to listen and to help. Please give us a call. We are here 24-7 to listen and to help. We can also help you to create a plan of action that will empower you to stay safe and off the street. We can also direct you to resources in your area that can help. We hope to hear from you soon. Sophie, thank you for your support. We appreciate your desire to help.