Runaway Services

Children of the Night

14530 Sylvan Street
Van Nuys, CA 91311
1 (800) 551-1300 Hotline (Spanish & English)

Help for kids on the street. This agency provides outreach, hotline, counseling, and shelter for children who are on the streets. It is designed to rescue children from street prostitution.

Covenant House

1 (800) 999-9999 [24-hours] Phone is answered, "Covenant House Nine Line" or "9 Line"

Crisis help line for homeless, abused or runaway youth (Spanish/English). Referrals can be provided.

National Runaway Switchboard

1 (800) 786-2929 or (800) RUN-AWAY

Call 1-800-RUNAWAY if you are a teenager who is thinking of running from home, if you have a friend who has run and is looking for help, or if you are a runaway ready to go home through our Home Free program. Call if you are a teacher looking for information to pass along to your students about alternatives to running from home. Call if you care about a youth and want information on how you can help someone who may be at risk of running from home.

Our 24-hour crisis line has an experienced front-line team member ready to help you now. It’s anonymous, confidential and free. 1-800-RUNAWAY.

Safe house Shelter for Teenage Runaways

9685 Hayes
Riverside, CA 92503
(951) 351-4418
24-hour telephone access

This is a shelter for runaway youth and youth in crisis (ages 12-17). If police are phoned after the shelter is contacted, they may provide transportation to the shelter. Various interventions (such as counseling & education - there is a school on the grounds) with child & family are provided.

This agency also has a Transitional Program for 18 to 21 year old, single females or males without children. These young people may live in a shelter/apartment for up to 18 months receiving assistance in reaching their educational and career goals. The contact number for this program is (951) 369-4921.

Cross-Reference: Help/Hotlines