National Runaway Safeline - NRS

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Other Contact Information

3080 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657
1-800-344-2785 (Voice - Toll-free)
1-800-786-2929 (Voice - Toll-free)
773-880-9860 (Voice)
773-929-5150 (FAX)
1-800-621-0394 (Voice - TDD)


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.

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Review Date

Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013