National Runaway Safeline

(800) 786-2929
(773) 929-5150



National Runaway Safeline is committed to keeping America’s runaway, homeless and at-risk youth safe and off the streets. Between 1.6 and 2.8 million youth run away in a year.

  • 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
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  • Call 1-800-RUNAWAY if you care about a youth and want information on how you can help someone who may be at risk of running from home
  • Call 1-800-RUNAWAY if you are a teacher looking for information to pass along to your students about youth homelessness or the reality of life on the streets
  • The 24-hour Crisis Line has experienced team member ready to help. If you are not ready to call, you can post to the bulletin board, send an email, or start a live chat. It’s anonymous, confidential and free
  • Homefree: free transportation to bring abducted children back home on Greyhoud in conjuction with Runaway Switchboard. A youth who calls the switchboard is eligibile for a ticket home if he or she, is willing to return home to their legal guardian, the legal guardian wishes them to return home, has filed a runaway report and the program has not been used by the youth two times before
  • Services are provided in part through funding from the Family and Youth Services Bureau in the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Information and materials are also available at the website
24-hours per day, 7 days per week, year-round. Office hours: Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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