Learn more from NRS on how to stay safe and off the streets as a runaway youth.

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My Parents Kicked Me Out. Now What?

What are your options if your parents kick you out of the house? If you want to stay at home, one of the first options available is to contact your local police department. Many states have lock-out laws which prevent or penalize parents for locking their children under the age of 18 out of the house.

The next option is to locate the nearest safe place you can stay, like a friend, another family member, a next-door neighbor. If you are under the age of 18, you can go to a youth shelter or Safe Place. If there’s a Safe Place in your area, the shelter will make transportation arrangements for you to get there. You can dial 1-888-290-7233, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929), or text the word SAFE and your current location (address, city, state) to 69866 to locate the nearest Safe Place.

If you are over 18, you can call us to locate the nearest shelter in your area. Depending on your location, the nearest safe place may be an emergency room or police station.

Getting kicked out of the house is a scary situation to be in and you shouldn’t have to deal with it by yourself. Someone is always available at here at National Runaway Safeline to listen to your needs.

– Dyanne

Update: Learn more about how NRS can help through our online chat, discussion boards and email through our website.

How Runaway Youth Can Get Help Through Social Media

 

 

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  • jin

    If you get kicked out, and your parents say. ” you can only stay in this city. ” Do you have to listen?

  • NRS Communication Team

    JIn,

    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.

  • James Dean

    My friens is gonna be kicked out soon she’s diabetic and as no where to go what can we do

  • 1800RUNAWAY

    Hi, James. Thank you for contacting us. We apologize for not answering sooner. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center can listen to the details of the situation, help you to create a plan of action that will keep you safe, as well as direct you to resources in your area. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our chat function on our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. Thank you again for your patience.

  • Aliyah soucek

    my mother and father have kicked me out and I’m scared and have no where to go. My father hates me and wishes every day that i wasn’t here! so they kicked me out and they told me just to go kill myself! so please help me i need help

  • 1800RUNAWAY

    Hi, Aliyah. Thank you for finding the National Runaway Safeline and contacting us. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis call center is available 24-7 to listen to you, hep 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 an email or use our live chat on our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Sarah

    When my dad get’s mad at me He’ll often say “PACK YOUR STUFF AND GET OUT”. I’m not sure how to handle it when he says that.

  • Nadine

    So my parents have threatened to kick me out of the house and I actually started packing just in case they really do decide to kick me out. I’m 18 and wouldn’t have anywhere to go so I would basically be living on the street if they go through with it and kick me out

  • 1800RUNAWAY

    Hi Sarah. Thank you for finding us and reading our blog. We are here to listen and to help. It sounds like you are in a difficult situation. Our crisis services center is available 24-7 to help you create a plan of action that will keep you safe and off the street 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.

  • 1800RUNAWAY

    Hi, Nadine. Thank you for finding us and reaching out. We are here to listen and to help. it sounds like you are in a very difficult situation. Our crisis services center is available to listen to your story, 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. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or by sending us an email or by using our live chat on our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope you choose to contact us soon.

  • sasha

    ive been having trouble with my parents recently because of something i did. yet when i tell my friends what happened, they dont seem to understand why its a big deal and that they are overreacting. i recently wrote a note that was supposed to go to a “friend” saying that i have 2 years left until i move out and i cant wait until i leave. i just want to be free. but my parents went through my backpack when i left it home from school when i didnt need it. when i came home from school friday, they were not speaking to me and i didnt know why. today is sunday and they were really mad at me and yelling at me and telling me that if i hate it here so much that i should just leave. my dad especially was mad and he said he really wants me gone and and he cant stand to even look at me anymore. he said “you need me, i dont need you.” which really hurt. they told me to go live with my best friend or my “boyfriend”. i think theyre very serious because they never said anything like that before and i dont know what to do. they are not speaking to me now, but im scared whats going to happen in the future. im only 15 and turning 16 in july. i would actually like to leave and live with my friend but i dont know what to do. and i dont CPS being called or anything. help ?

  • Maria

    I’m a mother of 2 and married unfortunately our income isn’t enough to maintain our familly ..I live with my parents, but lately were having problems with them. . What can u do in this cases ?

  • Hi, Maria. Thank you for finding us and reading our blog. We are happy to help. Every situation is unique and has its own needs. By contacting us at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or by sending us an email or by using our live chat on our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org, we can determine your circumstances, and direct you to resources in your area that can help. We can also speak with you about your plan of action and help you create a plan that will keep you and your family safe and off the street. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Hi, Sasha. Thank you for finding us and reading our blog. It sounds you are dealing with a serious situation. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center is available 24-7 to listen to your story, 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 an email or use our live chat on our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • YOON CHO

    im under 18, they are planning to kick me out, will i get moved to a different state, or to a foster home or what

  • Hi, Yoon Cho. Thank you for finding us and reading our blog. We are here to listen and to help. It sounds like you are dealing with a complicated situation. Our crisis services center is available 24-7 to 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.

  • Anurag Sahai

    Hello even same this is my situation :’) even I cnt tell any of friends because they won’t understand wt d hell situation is with me… wt u do?

  • Robert Wilk

    Hi i am going to be a sophmore in college. I am working part time as a food service worker at the hospital. My parents want to kick me out because of me not coming into an agreement with them. What should i do?

  • Hi, Robert. Thank you for reading our blog and choosing to contact us. It sounds like you are in the middle of a 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 help you stay 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.

  • Marshall Mowles

    My dad kicked me out and wants to report me as a runaway. Can he do that?

  • Hi, Marshall. Thank you for reading our blog and choosing to contact us. In order to best help you, we would appreciate more information. 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 can then direct you to services in your area that can help, as well as help you create a plan of action that will keep you safe. We look forward to hearing from you.

  • alice bailey

    If you parents kicked your your hips out of the (their) house, perhaps, it is because you were ignoring their rules …being disrespectful , nasty, trifling, abusive. NRS will have rules and expectations which must be abided.

  • alice bailey

    The FIRST thing you should do is learn how to write a response and study. You will need to be educated to maintain and support yourself. Your post shows that you need to take your education a great deal more seriously if you want to be prepared to take care of yourself!!!!

  • Jennifer Griffen

    My 16yo stepdaughter’s mother has kicked her out of the house(yet again). My husband and her mother have joint custody, yet my stepdaughter refuses to come live with her dad and I…we want her, what can I do? feeling helpless

  • Jennifer, thank you for contacting NRS through our blog. NRS provides services for youth and their family members. Our trained crisis intervention team can help to discuss options for you and your stepdaughter. Please reach out to our crisis intervention team by calling 1-800-RUNAWAY, emailing info@1800RUNAWAY.org or live chat at http://www.1800RUNAWAY.org. We are always open 24/7/365. A caring person is ready to listen to your story and help you come up with a plan. -NRS Communications Team

  • Max

    I will be a sophomore in college this coming semester, and I have a feeling my parents are going to kick me out because of my gender/sexuality. I am coming out to them in a few weeks. I work part time at a resturant, but can not pay my own bills and college at the same time. I’m scared they will cut me off as well completely, including insurances. As a young adult with bi-polar depression among other mental disabilities, I am not sure how to cope with any of this. What can I do?

  • Hi, Max. Thank you for sharing your story and having the courage to seek out help. It sounds like you are in the middle of a difficult decision process. 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 for your next move, 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.

  • Ruth Nguyen

    My mom said that she wants me out of the house by the time she comes home but if i walk to my uncle’s house they’ll probably just send me back home and I can’t contact anyone because she took my phone and I can’t drive anywhere and i font know what to do. But my mom has threatened to kick me out and put me in an orphanage since the third grade and hasn’t yet so I don”t know what to do.

  • Nicole Davis

    My mom says she’s tired of having to talk to me about constant things but she hardly ever says anything to me so I don’t understand why … Now I have until the end of September to get out … I have a job … But I can’t drive … I don’t have a car … And I don’t have any credit…. I don’t know what to do or how to start… I’m afraid I’ll be on the streets or homeless what do I do

  • Hi, Ruth. Thank you for choosing to ask for help and for reaching out to us. It sounds like this is a serious situation. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center is available right now and 24-7 to hear your story, help you to create a plan of action that will keep you safe and off the street, as well as refer to resources in your area that can help. We ask that you 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, Nicole. Thank you for finding our blog and we are sorry to hear that you are going through 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, to help you create a plan of action for your next move that will keep you safe and off the street. We also can 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 through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. Please reach out to us as soon as possible.

  • Tom

    I’m 20 years old and was about to go back to school, but have been kicked out of the house. I have no friends or family in the area, and the nearest people that can take me in are on the other side of the country. I have no idea what im going to do, have barely over $100 dollars and it may run out soon due to food and transportation to the nearest city. Im so lost

  • Hi, Tom. Thank you for finding us and choosing to to reach out. It sounds like you are in a very difficult position 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 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 hope to hear from you soon.

  • Dove

    I’m 16 years old and my dad told me he’d kick me out when I turn 18. The school year starts in 2 weeks, so I don’t have enough time to get a job this summer. I cannot get a job during the school year. However, I can get a job next summer to help prepare. What else should I do to prepare?
    Also, I turn 18 before I graduate high school. The only person I trust to live with is 30 miles away from my school. Even with a summer job before senior year, I doubt I’ll have enough money to rent out even a cheap apartment for 8 months, not to mention utilities and taxes, in order to continue attending the same high school for the rest of the year.

  • J

    Just ask your dad to let you live with him only until you finish highschool then? My parents did and now I’m being kicked out too.

  • Hi, Dove. 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 listen and to help. Our crisis services center is available at any time to listen to your story, help you to 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 or use our live chat function on our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Josiah Butler

    I am 19 getting kicked out of my parents house on sep 15 have no place and any place i contact turns me down. Ive looked at an apartment complexes and was told i need to make 3x the rent, but i just make a little over that, looked on Craigslist and nobody will respond.

  • kevin p

    hi my name kevin so my dad is trying to kick me out im 20 years old i just stared going to school and he really stressing me out is it possible for him to kick me out . and if there inset what the law saying he cant thank you

  • Hi, Josiah. Thank you for finding us and choosing to contact us.

    It sounds like you are in the middle of a 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 off the streets, 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 hope to hear from you soon.

  • Hi, Kevin. Thank you for reading our blog and for reaching out to us. It sounds like you are in a complicated situation. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center is available right now and at any time to listen to your needs, help you to create a plan of action that will help keep you safe and off the street, as well as get you 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. Please reach out to us at your earliest convenience.

  • Brandi

    I’m 22 years old and my mom is kicking me out of the house because I was talking to my birth mom for a week and I said I wanted to visit up northwestern ohio but she thinks I want to live up there. But now I blocked my birth mom and cut off all contact. My mom told me I have 2 weeks and she wants me out and to forget she ever existed in my life. I pay rent, help pay the bills, and buy groceries for the house every week. She gave my debit card back and said u can have ur next two paychecks now because I want u gone. I work a full time job at night with my dad who doesn’t know what’s happening. I work 40 hours a week and I start working more hours in a few weeks. I’m planning on heading off to college but if I have to live on my own that’s not happening. She is making false accusations about me and everything. I want to stay at home longer so I can get on my feet but idk if that will happen. Don’t get me wrong I love my mom to death. I will do anything for my parents.

  • Hi, Brandi. Thank you for finding our blog and contacting us. It sounds like you are in 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 to create a plan of action for your next decision that will keep you safe, as well as provide referrals to services in your area that can help. In order to best 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 that you choose to reach out to us.

  • Saito Seijuro

    Hi im 20 years old ive been kicked out for stepping out church( yes im not joking) and i have no idea what to do

  • william messer

    Hi im only 16 and my mom and dad keep threatening me they will kick me out if i dont do what they say even for little things and idk what to do because i have no where else to go to

  • Joey H

    Hi im only 14(15 in two weeks)and im being threatened to be sent with my dad(bad record) to mexico and I dont want to because I want to study here. I was born here in the US I just want to know my rights and all that. My grades dropped because im always thinking what will I do since no one in my “family”will actually support me in anything so Im always stressed out and I currently have experience in working and all that but Im not allowed to work unless I work with my stepdad he does not pay me..well at all.. and if I dont work with him I am called lazy and all that. They feed me and give me a roof but thats it (for now.. soon nothing). I have currently been buying myself shoes and clothes but my clothes and shoes dont last much since I have to use my shoes in a daily bases. I need help. I currently thought foster home and all that but i dont know what I have to do or anything.. I live in California between.

  • Hi, Saito. Thank you for contacting NRS. We are here to listen and to help. It sounds like you are dealing with a lot right now. 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, William. Thank you for finding our blog and choosing to contact us. We are here to listen and to help. It sounds like you are dealing with a lot right now, but we are able to listen to your concerns, help you to create a strategy 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 function through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. Please contact us as soon as possible.

  • Hi, Joey. Thank you for contacting us and reading our blog. It sounds like you are in a complicated situation right now. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center is available at any time to listen to you and your concerns, help you to create a plan of action that will keep you safe and off the street, as well as refer you 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.

  • Sam

    Hi I have a friend who is going to be kicked out from her parents house on her 18th birthday. Please help me find a way to help her. I want to do so much for her but I live so far away (she lives in New York City). What should she do?

  • Hi, Sam. Thank you for reaching out. It sounds like this is a difficult situation. We are here to help. Our crisis services center is available 24-7 to assist you and your friend with developing a plan of action that will keep her safe and off the street. We can also provide referrals to services in her area that can help. We ask that you or your friend please contact us at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you all soon.

  • Luke Rosenthal

    hi i think my dad will kick me out if i cant give him £10 a day because my mum is in canada atm and we will be moving out there soon i hope but i cant get a job because im going in about 3 weeks and i dont want to be one of those people that just applies for a job and then quits the next day, what can i do? i cant get a job and jobseekers allowence wont give me enough money to pay £70 a week is there a way around this (im 19)

  • Hi, Luke. Thank you for reaching out to us.

    It sounds like you are currently living in Canada. Please know that we are an organization that functions within the United States. We are not able to comment on runaway youth laws in other countries. However, you may be able to locate help here:

    http://blog.justaskinnyboy.com/hotlines#CANADA

    We Hope that you are able to locate the help you need. We wish you the best.

  • Joshua T Labeef

    hello, my stepmother is kicking me out as soon as i turn 18 in 5 days and i have no place to go. my mother in AZ is trying to get me to AZ but things aren’t going so well. my step mother is kicking me out due to ‘hell’ i have apparently caused. she also apparently dislikes me. i have no where to go and no one else to turn to. please give some advice

  • Ddddd

    My brother is telling me to live somewhere else and he says he in very disappointed way I don’t know what to do [14]

  • Hi, Joshua. Thank you for deciding to reach out to 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 right now and 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 referrals to services in your area that can help.

    To receive 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.

  • Hi, D. Thank you for reading our blog and for reaching out to us. It sounds like this is a difficult situation. We are here to help. Our crisis services center is available 24-7 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 give you 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 through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org.

  • Itachi

    My parents are kicking me out in 6 months when I turn 18, I wont be able to finish my senior year in high school, what should I do?

  • Hi, Itachi. Thank you for finding us and choosing to contact us. It sounds like you are dealing with a serious situation. We are here 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 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 through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Mike

    Please help me I ran away from home when I was 16 I’m 18 and wish to come back and see my family i just want to know if I’m going to be in trouble if I come back its been two years

  • Mike

    Hi I was 16 years old when I ran away now I’m 18 and want to go back what kind of problems I’m i facing

  • Hi, Mike. Thank you for reaching out to us. That must have taken a lot of courage. We are here to help.

    If you are interested in being reunited with your loved ones, our crisis services center can help. They can 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 function through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Mike, please refer to our reply below.

  • Mike

    I’m already 18 years old just want to know if I’m going to be in trouble coming back to see my parents !

  • Hi, Mike. Thank you for checking back in. In order to best answer your question, we ask that you contact our crisis services center. Our frontline staff can gather information about your circumstances, the state runaway laws, and other important information and be able to help. Please call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email at 1800RUNAWAY.org. We appreciate your help.

  • Ashley

    I’m 18, and my dad wants me to move out, and he’s keeping my car, which means where ever I do end up going, I won’t be able to get to my job. I don’t know what to do, please help me.

  • Hi, Ashley. Thank you for reading our blog and checking in. It sounds like are dealing with a lot right now. We are here to listen and to help.

    Our crisis services center can 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 send us an email or use our live chat on our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • tia brown

    Hi I’m 19 and I don’t really know what to do my mom is kicking me out because I’m gay so she’s disowning me I go to school by where I live with her kicking me out I don’t know how imma manage anything anymore I need help

  • Frangelica

    You have the right to take your car because it’s yours

  • George

    Hello I need some help with my friend she has just told me she is gay and is scared that if she tells her mum she gonna be homeless is there something you can do or the government in these situations is she 16 turning 17

  • Hi, Tia. Thank you for reaching out. This sounds like you are in a very difficult situation. We are here to help.

    Our crisis services center can work with you to make 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.

    Our services are available 24 hours a day at 1-800-RUNAWAY, and you can email us or use our live chat function through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Hi, George. Thank you for finding our blog and choosing to to contact us.

    It sounds like your friend is going through a difficult time right now. We are here to help. Our crisis services center can speak with your friend about her concerns, and direct her to resources that can help.

    We can be reached at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or by email or through our live chat function through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from her soon.

  • C.J.

    Does this apply to canadians?

  • Hi, C.J. Thanks for your question. Please know that we are an organization that serves the United States only. We are only able to provide resources to citizens within U.S. borders. We apologize for any inconvenience, and hope that you are able to locate a similar service in Canada.

  • Nym

    Im 16 now and my mom says that she will quick me out when im 18. I am scare and im applying to jobs but as of now I have nothing. What should I do?

  • Nym

    Kick*

  • Hi, Nym. Thank you for finding us. It sounds like you are dealing with a lot right now. We are here to help.

    Our crisis services center can work with you to 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.

    Please call us 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.