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Last updated on 12/10/08

What should I do if my child is a runaway?

One in seven kids between the ages of 10 and 18 will run away at some point, and there are 1 million to 3 million runaway and homeless kids living on the streets in the United States. Many people who decide to run away envision a life that is exciting, glamorous, and mature, only to discover that it is not the kind of life they get. Life for runaway teens is hard, and they often end up homeless, stealing, or even selling drugs or sex in an effort to make money. Every year in the United States, more than 5,000 runaway teens die, from assault, illness, or suicide.

People tend to run away for a variety of reasons, including abuse, family problems, or problems with school or their friends. Others run away because of alcohol or drug problems in themselves or a family member’s, and some even run away to be with someone. It is rare for a happy, well-adjusted child to run away from home. Rather than wait for a problem to escalate beyond control, parents should communicate with their children and be open to discuss any issues they may have. A home should have a warm, loving environment; an environment that no child will ever want to leave.

In the Jewish Community

Although the terrifying statistics mentioned above are not accurate for the Jewish community, one would be wrong to assume that Jewish kids do not run away from home. Some Jewish children not only run away because of the reasons previously listed, but also do it to escape a religious lifestyle. In September of 2003, two religious girls from Boropark made headlines when they ran away to Arizona. It is wrong to judge the actions of those girls or their families, yet it is imperative to learn the lesson it implies. Communicate with your children before it becomes too late. A child who has a positive relationship with his parents will not want to leave home.

Use the following links to educate yourself about kids who run away from home. Learn why kids run away from home, what to do if your child has run away, and where to go for help.

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Resources for At-Risk Youth in the Jewish Community

Compiled by Rabbi Yakov Horowitz

Childhelp USA
Childhelp USA is dedicated to meeting the physical, emotional, educational, and spiritual needs of abused and neglected children. Call: (800) 4-A-CHILD

National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC)
NCPC is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to prevent crime and build safer, more caring communities.

National Runaway Switchboard
This site provides information and support for runaway and homeless kids and teens. Call: (800) 621-4000

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

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