There will be times when going home is not the safest…
There will be times when going home is not the safest option. Youth who run away are not always running to something or someone; in fact, it’s common that they are running from something.
If you’ve left home, it can be overwhelming trying to figure out what to do next, especially if you know going home isn’t as easy, or as safe, as others might think it is. Like others around the country in similar situations, maybe you knew you needed to leave home, but didn’t have time to make a plan for after you left. Who would? When your safety or personal health is at stake at home, getting away is top priority.
The good news is there is a range of options besides going home. You might consider other family and close friends who could offer help. Local community centers, churches, or charities are places you could seek out as well. Transitional living programs, alternative homes for youth, emergency shelters and food shelves are in place across the country to provide support. At 1-800-RUNAWAY, we can discuss your situation and what you’d like to do, explore options like the ones mentioned, and assist you in contacting shelters, alternative living programs, and whatever resources you may need.