National Runaway Switchboard
3080 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
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- (773) 880-9860
- (800) 344-2785
- (773) 929-5150
The mission of the National Runaway Switchboard (NRS) is to help keep America’s runaway and at-risk youth safe and off the streets. The organization serves as the federally designated national communication system for runaway and homeless youth.
NRS was established in 1971 to fill a need for comprehensive crisis intervention for young people in Chicago. It was conceived as a centralized organization with free 24-hour services, expertise in all youth-related issues and as an information clearinghouse of youth services.
In 1974, the National Runaway Switchboard received an eight-month federal demonstration grant to establish a national hotline. During this time, 11,000 calls were received demonstrating the need for this type of service. Since then, NRS’ capabilities and services have grown considerably. The 1-800-RUNAWAY hotline now handles more than 100,000 calls each year.
The National Runaway Switchboard’s 1-800-RUNAWAY crisis hotline is available 24-hours a day throughout the United States and its territories, including Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam.
Our services are provided through funding from Family and Youth Services Bureau in the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the generosity of private funders: individual donors, corporate partners, and foundation grants.
Kids Call is an interactive session via speakerphone for youth to hear straight from the NRS front line team of staff and volunteers what youth face when they are contemplating running away or have run away. Kids Call helps participants explore the issues facing runaway and homelss youth, as well as alternatives to running away. We'll answer questions such as: "How long are runaways gone?
You are having problems communicating with your teen. You sometimes fight about school, household responsibilities or friends. Maybe you’re a single parent and you need someone to talk with about issues you may be having with your child. It’s possible that your child has run away, they are threatening to run away, or they’ve run and have decided to return home.