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What To Do If You Expect Your Child Might Run Away

Mom and daughter looking upset

It's common for a child to threaten to run away from home. Often, those threats are unfounded and merely a cry for attention or help. That doesn't mean you shouldn't take them very seriously, though. If you suspect your child might run away, you can take steps to prevent the threat from becoming reality. 

It's important for parents to confront their suspicions right away. Here are some things to do if you suspect your child might run away:

  • Clearly and calmly let their teen know that they are concerned about them and their behavior and they are concerned that they are thinking of running away.
  • Encourage your teen to talk with you or someone else about what is troubling them and be supportive of finding positive ways to help them deal with their stress.
  • Let your child know that you don't want them to run away and that you are committed to helping work things out.
  • Contact your local law enforcement agency.
  • Call the Boys Town National Hotline for additional guidance 1-800-448-3000