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What to do for runaway teens?

Parents Support One Another @ = I need help with the following issue: we have just begun the program today, and my husband on giving her internet access to do her homework found her talking to her boyfriend about living with her dad (ex crim) on msn and became so mad he asked for her phone, she ran away down the road with not even any shoes on in the cold and dark and he told her not to come back, we are sitting at home wondering what to do, what will happen.....what should we do....we are in text conversation with her but she will not tell us where she is and she is refusing to come home...what to do for runaway teens? She wants to go live with her dad...don't know why he didn't pick her up?


Anonymous said...

I believe Mr. Hutten covers dealing with runaway teens in his eBook. Session 3 of the online version I think.

Anonymous said...

As much as you would like to build a wall around them, it is their choice whether or not to walk out the door. The phrase I use, "There are no bars on these windows, and the doors only lock people out." This is harsh, and I know it, but it also very much the truth. As a parent I can be a safety net, a tool box, and an emotional punching bag, but I refuse to be a chain. I do not want them to ever leave. There is nothing that they can do to ever make me want them to go. My teens know this because I tell them verbally and non verbally.

Anonymous said...

Call the Police, IMMEDIATELY!! Don't wait 24 hours, do it right away. Ask investigators to enter your child into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) Missing Persons File. There is no waiting period for entry into NCIC for children under age 18. Get the name and badge number of the officer you speak with. Call back often.

Call everyone your child knows and enlisted their help. Search everywhere, but do not leave your phone unattended.

Search your teens room for anything that may give you a clue as to where he went. You may also want to check your phone bill for any calls they may have made recently.

Call the National Runaway Switchboard 1-800-621-4000, you can leave a message for your child with them.

Anonymous said...

Many kids run away because of drug and alcohol abuse. When teens and pre-teens get involved in substance abuse, they may leave home to hide it so their parents don’t find out. These kids are often using a lot more than their parents know; they want to use more freely and openly, so they run away.

Read more about why teens runaway here: