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Runaway hot line is a valuable service

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Updated: February 20, 2013 6:04AM



Dr. Wallace: My 16-year-old son and my husband (his stepfather) got into a huge fight several days ago, and my son has left home. He took some of his clothes and closed his savings account.

I don’t know where he is, and I’m very worried. He is a good kid and his leaving home is a big shock to me.

I’m told that a runaway hot line is in operation. Just in case my son would be reading your column in another newspaper, please supply the number of the hot line. It also could aid other teens away from home without permission. How does it work?

Mother, New Orleans

Mother: The National Runaway Hotline number is 1 (800) RUNAWAY (786-2929). This is a toll-free, nationwide number for use by young people who are separated from parents or guardians. It operates 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Through it, runaways anywhere in the United States can find shelter, food, medical help and local counseling. The line can establish contact — on the runaway’s own terms — with someone back home through a message relay.

This valuable service can save a child from being harmed, compromised or lost to the criminal element, and help establish a new, more positive relationship with parents or guardians.

Write to Dr. Wallace
at rwallace@galesburg.net



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