Runaway Help


"You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today."
Abraham Lincoln 




National Safe Place - Where Kids Get Help - FAST


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Teens text the word SAFE and your current location  [street address, city, state] to 69866 for immediate help.  Within seconds you will receive a text message with the closest Safe Place location, youth shelter or hotline number.



National Runaway Switchboard



Welcome to the National Runaway Switchboard

Between 1.6 and 2.8 million youth run away in a year.  Our mission at the National Runaway Switchboard is to help keep America’s runaway and at-risk youth safe and off the streets. Our services are provided in part through funding from Family and Youth Services Bureau in the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Call 1-800-RUNAWAY if you are a teenager who is thinking of running from home, if you have a friend who has run and is looking for help, or if you are a runaway ready to go home through our Home Free program. Call if you are a teacher looking for information to pass along to your students about alternatives to running from home. Call if you care about a youth and want information on how you can help someone who may be at risk of running from home.

Our 24-hour crisis line has an experienced front-line team member ready to help you now. It’s anonymous, confidential and free. 1-800-RUNAWAY


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