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National Runaway Safeline

Contact Information

Jasleen Jaswal Vines, Digital Media Manager
3080 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657

1-800-344-2785 (Voice - Toll-free), Agency & Information Line
1-800-786-2929 (Voice - Toll-free), 1-800-RUNAWAY
773-880-9860 (Voice),
773-929-5150 (FAX),
1-800-621-0394 (Voice - TDD),

Internet Resources


The National Runaway Safeline (NRS), established in 1971, serves as the federally-designated national communication system for runaway and homeless youth. Recognized as the oldest hotline of its kind in the world, NRS, with the support of more than 150 volunteers, has handled more than three million calls in its over 35-year history and handles an average of 100,000 calls annually. NRS provides crisis intervention, referrals to local resources, and education and prevention services to youth, families and community members throughout the country 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Over 10,000 youth have been reunited with their families through NRS’ Home Free program operated in collaboration with Greyhound Lines, Inc. The NRS crisis hotline number is 1-800-RUNAWAY.


Posters; brochures; wallet cards, bookmarks- Available free of charge.


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The Agency and Information Line is a service of the National Runaway Safeline and was created to provide information and referrals to agencies that work with youth-in-crisis. Please note that the A&I line is only for agencies. It is not to be used by youth, nor is it a line on which crisis intervention services will be rendered. The number is (800) 344-2785.


Date Entered: 5/1/1997
Date Edited: 3/20/2013
Date Revised: 2/8/2013
Health Referral Number: HR1531
Accession Number: DP91A0697

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