Library Search Results for runaway

Notes from the Field: Gloucester Township, NJ

Author:Status Offense Reform Center

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2015

Abstract:This profile describes the development of Gloucester Township Police Department's network of community-based+

responses to youth delinquency and status offenses. The profile includes a summary of the county’s planning process, an overview of existing programs, a snapshot of general outcomes, and reflections from those in the reform movement.
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Learning Difficulties in Adolescent Clients of a Shelter for Runaway and Homeless Street Youths

Author:Melanie A. Barwick and Linda S. Siegel

  • Year of Publication:
  • 1996

Abstract:This article discusses the results of a study on the+

prevalence of reading and arithmetic difficulties in youth ages 16-21 in a shelter for runaway and homeless street youth. This shelter provides various services for youth in this age range, including access to computers and correspondence course assistance, but the findings of this study make it clear that shelters must provide more in-depth and thorough education and training programs for youth to help them become self-sufficient when they leave. The study found that over half of those observed experienced significant reading difficulties, while over a quarter experienced significant arithmetic difficulties. The authors of this study thus recommend that shelter services have a more integrative approach that would include programs addressing cognitive and learning needs.
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A Novel, Intensive Home Visiting Intervention for Runaway, Sexually Exploited Girls

Author:Laurel D. Edinburgh and Elizabeth M. Saewyc

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2009

Abstract:This study outlines a home-visiting intervention, the Runaway Intervention Program+

(RIP), initiated in 2003 for runaway girls aged 10-14 who had experienced sexual assault. Integral to this program were advanced practice nurses (APNs), who provided home and school visits as well as case management.  The girls also had access to a therapeutic empowerment group and immediate health care and instruction through the program. The program focused on fostering resilience by helping to reconnect the girls to their schools and other supportive environments, and goals for the girls included no longer running away, regular school attendance, and improved health-related decision-making. The study concludes that such community-based and client-focused interventions are often very effective at reducing risk behaviors and addressing the complex health needs of vulnerable runaway youth.
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Runaway/Thrownaway Children: National Estimates and Characteristics

Author:Heather Hammer, David Finkelhor, and Andrea J. Sedlak

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2002

Abstract:This report provides a compilation of findings from the Second+

National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway, and Thrownaway Children (NISMART-2) spanning 1997-1999 to better understand how many children become missing every year and why. The report focuses on both runaway and thrownaway youth – those who have been kicked out by their caretakers – because the distinction between the two is not always clear and many youth experience both types of situations with significant overlap. Most runaway/thrownaway youth are between the ages of 15 and 17, and many previously experienced physical or sexual abuse at home. However, many also interact with dangerous company while away from home and thus are in greatest need of specialized assistance that includes social service and mental health responses.
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“Ungovernable” and Runaway Youth: Guidance for Youth-Serving, Legal and Judicial Professionals

Author:Coalition for Juvenile Justice

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2014

Abstract:This article provides policy guidance regarding runaway and ungovernability cases,+

the rates for which are much higher for African American youth and girls. The article specifically cites the Coalition for Juvenile Justice's National Standards for the Care of Youth Charged with Status Offenses -- also available in this library -- and its recommendations for how policymakers, first responders, and law enforcement professionals should respond to these types of status offense cases. Additionally, the article highlights a court-based reform effort in Jefferson County, Alabama that succeeded in significantly decreasing the number of status offense cases filed before the court annually.
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Runaway Youth: A Research Brief

Author:Sydney McKinney

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2014

Abstract:Running away is a status offense in 39 states. While+

the exact number of youth who run away from home each year is unknown, evidence suggests that most return home within a few days. This research brief summarizes empirical literature on this issue from the last 20 years, highlighting reasons why young people run away from home, risk and protective factors, and what is known about interventions aimed at this vulnerable population.
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Identifying and Serving LGBTQ Youth: Case Studies of Runaway and Homeless Youth Program Grantees

Author:Andrew Burwick, et al.

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2014

Abstract:This report highlights the work of four federally funded programs+

that provide services to LGBTQ runaway and homeless youth in Colorado, Minnesota, Ohio, and Texas. The findings presented are based on site visit interviews as well as reviews of agency documents and forms, and focus on: (1) the collection and use of data on clients’ sexual orientation and gender identity, (2) assessment and perceptions of needs and capacities among LGBTQ runaway and homeless youth, (3) approaches to serving this population, and (4) perceptions of gaps in research in this field.
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Runaway and Homeless Youth and the Law: Model State Statutes

Author:American Bar Association and the National Network for Youth

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2009

Abstract:

Recognizing the lack of laws that specifically address the needs+

of runaway youth, the American Bar Association Commission on Homelessness and Poverty and the National Network for Youth (NN4Y) planned the first National Conference on Homeless Youth and the Law. Prior to the conference, a number of experts created drafts of model laws in 11 areas. During and after the conference, these model laws were workshopped with experts from many fields. This publication captures some of that work to help policymakers consider the needs of homeless youth when they craft laws and take into account the breadth of the issues that such laws should address.

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Running Away From Home: A Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Risk Factors and Young Adult Outcomes

Author:Joan Tucker et al.

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2011

Abstract:

This study examines risk factors and health-related outcomes associated with+

running away. The authors found that relationships with parents, school engagement, depressive symptoms and substance use were related to running away from home. Additionally, they found that over the long term youth who ran away had higher levels of depression and substance abuse compared to young people who had not left home. The authors conclude that substance use and depression are important factors to consider when designing preventative programs and treatments for runaway youth.

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Juvenile Court Statistics 2009

Author:Charles Puzzanchera, Benjamin Adams, and Sarah Hockenberry

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2012

Abstract:This report, developed by the National Center for Juvenile Justice+

(NCJJ), captures juvenile delinquency and juvenile status offense cases petitioned to juvenile court in 2009.
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