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1-800-RUNAWAY has Sevices Available Online


Established in 1971, the National Runaway Switchboard, or NRS, (1-800-RUNAWAY) hotline is a national system for homeless and runaway youth.

Many of the services provided by phone are also available online including:

  • Confidential crisis intervention available 24/7 - 365
  • Information and referral from our database of over 13,000 service providers nation wide
  • Conference calls between youth and legal guardians
  • Conference calls between youth in crisis and community based service providers
  • Message service between youth and legal guardians
  • Home Free, a reunification program for youth 12 -20 in partnership with Greyhound Lines, Inc.
  • Free of charge educational and promotional materials
  • Let's Talk: Runaway Prevention Curriculum, a free, interactive, 14-module curriculum for youth grades 6 through 12 nation wide.
  • Web-based services, including crisis emails, bulletin boards, and "Switched-On", an ezine for and by youth


In 2010, the NRS announced the following projects:

  • Street Team, where individuals or groups can sign on to distribute NRS information in their local communities and earn awards
  • Home Free "survival kits", offering toiletries and food vouchers for youth using our Home Free program to return home
  • Spanish language Let's Talk: Runaway Prevention Curriculum, coming this fall

If you are a teen, parent, or educator looking for information or ways and opportunities to help keep America’s runaway and at-risk youth safe and off the streets, please visit the website, or call 1-800-RUNAWAY


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