Runaway and Homeless Youth
Youth runaways and homelessness is often linked to justice system involvement. Research has shown that these children also face a range of challenges related to their health, emotional well-being, safety, and development.
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OJJDP is working to address these issues through several programs such as mentoring, drug treatment courts, reentry, partnerships, and research.
This work includes partnering with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, and the National Network for Youth. OJJDP also has funded research to provide national estimates of missing children based on surveys of households, juvenile residential facilities, and law enforcement agencies.
National Runaway Prevention Month
November is National Runaway Prevention Month, a time to bring attention and focus to the issues impacting runaway, homeless, and other at-risk youth.
Family Interventions for Youth Experiencing or At Risk of Homelessness Access family intervention practices from this U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-sponsored report.
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Learn about trainings, programs, and outreach efforts.
Office for Victims of Crime: Missing Children Access programs, publications, resources, and funding opportunities.
Runaway & Homeless Youth Programs Learn about outreach, shelters, transitional living, and group home programs.
Youth.gov: Homelessness and Runaway View online resources, tools, and guides on homelessness and runaways.