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Unstable Foster Care Environment May Cause Youth to Run Away

June 7, 2011

New research from the National Runaway Switchboard suggests that youth who have had multiple foster care placements are more likely to run away from their homes than youth who have only been placed once in a foster care setting. The report," Running Away from Foster Care: Youths' Knowledge and Access of Services," showed that most runaway youth leave within the first 6 months after being placed, and that most of these youth have run away multiple times, with 25 percent running away more than 10 times.

The report is free and available online.


To find out about the National Runaway Switchboard and download resources, go to www.1800runaway.org.

Download the executive summary at http://www.1800runaway.org/media/whytheyrun/report_files/042111_Part%20C%20Exec%20Summary.pdf.

Download the full report at http://www.1800runaway.org/assets/1/7/NORC_Part_C_Final.pdf.


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