For Your FYI: Runaways

Runaways put their lives on the line

We hope she's heading back home.

You got in a fight with your dad. Your mom lost her job and everyone’s stressing. Your parents grounded you for staying out too late. When drama comes down, a lot of girls don’t know how to cope–which helps explain why between 1.6 and 2.8 million teens runaway from home each year.

The scary thing is that life for runaways is usually anything but easy. Making it on your own when you don’t have money, work experience, or a safe place to live can be nearly impossible—and lots of teen runaways end up getting sucked into drugs, prostitution, and other dangerous situations.

Allie Loftis

Allie, we're so happy you're safe.

Luckily, for one recent runaway, she was found before it was too late. Thirteen-year-old Allie Loftis was missing from her Wayland, Massachusetts home from  November 4th until today. On the day she ran away—wearing a black coat with grey fur trim, jeans, and Uggs—she left a note for her family that said, “Don’t look for me. I’m not lost, I’m found,” and took a bus from Boston to New York City Port Authority Bus Station. Surveillance cameras caught her on tape getting off the bus, but nobody knew where she went after. Her family used Facebook to spread the word about Allie, and thankfully, it worked. She’s now safe with her family, and a 42-year-old man, who we don’t know much about yet, is in custody.

Pick up the phone. You don't have to go this alone.

And Allie, if you’re reading this and still think you need someone to talk to—or if any of you are thinking about packing up and leaving your homes—reach out to someone for help or call the people at the National Runaway Switchboard at 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929). They’ll listen, help you figure out what to do, and keep what you have to say anonymous.

Do you know any runaways or have you thought about running away yourself? Tell us everything in the comments.

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  • Mz-Saldana

    Well i’ve thought about more times than i have fingers to count them on. but my little sister actuallty ran away and was gone for a couple of days and honestly i cna’t say things have changed much for her. if ne thing its been a little worst from No phone (she just remcently got it back) but other than that nothing has changed at all. not good or bad. but i know for a fact that fi ik ran away 9i live with a different parent) i would be buried alive. but like Caitlin said it does send out a messgae. but not many parents r willing to take look at themselves and would rather blame the child. but for NE PARENTS reading this i msut say that ne time a kid runs away its more of a cry for help rahter than rebellion 9sp?)

  • Ali

    i’ve been thinking about it becuz i hate being here i lived in MA with my most recent foster paretnts and i grew up there and nw im in NH and my friends are al down there in MA and MA is home, i haev memories of my birth parents there

  • Caitlin

    I recently ran away from home along with my bestfriend. We didn’t make it a full day before we were caught. If I thought things were bad before, I couldn’t have imagined how they would be now. Things got worse for me, but better for my friend. Sometimes running away can send out the right message to your parents, that something is wrong and needs to be fixed. Sometimes it just makes them more upset.