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Youth Who Run Away From Out-of-Home Care
There has been increasing attention paid to youth who run away or are otherwise missing from their placements in out-of-home care. Research has examined this issue, and strategies have been proposed and implemented to reduce the incidence of runaways and respond more effectively to those who run. Resources include State and local examples.
Alone Without a Home: A State-by-State Review of Laws Affecting Unaccompanied Youth
National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty (2003)
Analyzes legal trends, identifies noteworthy State and territorial statutes, and makes policy recommendations.
Children Missing From Care: An Issue Brief
Child Welfare League of America (2004)
Identifies and analyzes the current state of knowledge regarding children missing from care, causative factors, and prospective remedies.
Children Missing From Care: How Should Agencies Respond?
Children's Voice, 14(5), 2005
Examines how different States are responding to children and youth who are missing from care, including those who have run away from foster families, residential facilities, and group homes.
National Runaway Switchboard
Family and Youth Services Bureau, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
A national communications system that assists youth who have run away or are considering running away and their families.
Runaway and Homeless Youth: Policy and Services
In Child Welfare for the Twenty-First Century: A Handbook of Practices, Policies, and Programs
Examines the historical and societal context of runaway youth in the United States, reviews Federal legislation addressing runaway youth, and presents definitions of runaway and homeless youth.
Youth Who Chronically AWOL From Foster Care: Why They Run, Where They Go, and What Can be Done (PDF - 299 KB)
Vera Institute of Justice (2004)
Examines what causes youth in foster care to go AWOL repeatedly and the level of risk these youth experience. Provides information that child welfare staff and managers might use to develop new strategies to reduce AWOL activity.
Youth Who Run Away From Substitute Care
Chapin Hall Center for Children (2005)
Focuses on trends in runaway behavior over time, the characteristics of runaways, and their self-reported reasons for running.
State and local examples
Runaway Behavior of Children in Washington State DCFS Custody: FY 2004 (PDF - 344 KB)
Office of Children's Administration Research (2005)
Summary of Washington State placement data on the nature and frequency of adolescent runaway behavior.