If your child is a teen runaway, or you think they might become one, there is a problem. Before you jump to the conclusion that they are just a bad kid, or lecture them or grow angry, determine what really. Report your runaway teen to the national runaway switchboard (see resources). Call the 24-hour hot line and speak to one of the volunteers. The nrs staff provides support, counseling, crisis intervention and referrals. Knowing your teenagers friends and their parents (including contact information) is a critical first step to creating a safe network to help you find a missing or runaway teen. Asking a non-immediate family member who is close to your child may also be more successful making contact. If this isnt the first time your teen has run away or you are having problems communicating when they get back, its time to ask for help. This could be a person that your child respects, such as a grandparent, a pastor, or an aunt or uncle. If your child has run away, you need to call the police, plain and simple. I understand that not all parents want to do this, but i think its imperative that you take this step.