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PostSubject: Help for Teens & Runaways   Fri Sep 25, 2009 3:09 pm

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Being a teen can be difficult. There is so much going on in and around your life that, at times, it can get overwhelming. When you feel that life has you on the ropes and you need somewhere to turn try one of these help lines. Get one on one counselling over the phone when you need it most.

TOLL FREE

INTERNATIONAL

"Just Say No" International - Drug & Alcohol Help 800-258-2766 (24 hrs)
Other Listings by Country (TeenAdvice Online) Click Here - scroll to bottom of page for numbers
Crisis Centers Near You (Web Listings) Click Here - to find listings in your area

CANADA

Kid's Help Phone 1-800-668-6868 (24 hrs)
AIDS/Sexually Transmitted Diseases Info 1-800-772-2437
End Abuse - Domestic Assault Line 1-800-END-ABUSE (24 hrs)
Zenith Child Abuse Reporting & Help Dial the Operator and ask for "Zenith 1234" (24 hrs)

USA

Eating Disorders Help Line 1-800-382-2832 (24 hrs)
Domestic Abuse/Assault 1-800-333-SAFE (24 hrs)
Teen AIDS Line 800-234-TEEN (Mon-Fri) 800-440-TEEN (weekends)
National AIDS Line 1- 800-342-AIDS
National Teen Gay & Lesbian Hotline 1-800-347-TEEN (Thurs.-Sun., 7 pm-11:45 pm ET)
Family/Children's Mental Health Hot Line 1-800-654-1247 (24 hrs)
National STD Hotline 800-227-8922 (24 hrs)
Child help USA - Child Abuse Reporting 1-800/4-A-CHILD (24 hrs)
Family Violence Help Line 1-800/222-2000 (24 hrs)
Runaway Help Line 1-800-621-4000 (24 hrs)
Covenant House Crisis Support 1-800-999-9999 (24 hrs)
Suicide Help Line 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)
Youth Crisis Line 1-800-448-4663
RAINN - Rape Support Line 1-800-656-HOPE
Pregnancy Support and Advice 1-888-4-OPTIONS
General Crisis Counselling 1-800-785-8111
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PostSubject: Re: Help for Teens & Runaways   Fri Sep 25, 2009 3:09 pm

One in nine children runs away from home for at least a night before the age of 16, a charity has claimed. The rate rockets to almost a quarter for children living in stepfamilies, says the Children's Society. And nearly one in six children in single parent families runs away or is forced to leave. In total, says the charity, 100,000 under-16s run away from home or from care every year.
Under-16 runaway rates
7% in two-parent families
14% in lone-parent families
22% in stepfamilies
Once on the streets these children are at grave risk.
Although it is very important to understand why these children run away, it is of utmost urgency that children who do end up on the streets have somewhere safe to turn and someone sound to talk to.

Department of Health Guidelines - A Summary
Each Local Authority to establish protocols to co-ordinate joint working across all agencies - including police, social services and health - for children who go missing.

Each Authority to have a senior manager with responsibility to oversee these protocols and their implementation.

Each Authority to produce an annual 'strategic monitoring' report on the situation for children missing from home or care and the progress made in responding to their needs.
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PostSubject: Re: Help for Teens & Runaways   Fri Sep 25, 2009 3:10 pm

Unreported to police: 114,600

Abductions are defined as:

The coerced and unauthorized taking of a child into a building, a vehicle, or a distance of more than 20 feet.

The detention of a child for a period of more than 1 hour.

The luring of a child for the purpose of committing another crime.

Findings Based on the Above Statistics

Unreported to police: Children aged 4-11 experienced most of the attempts.

Reported to the police:

Almost half of the victims were 12 and over;
74% were girls;
62% of the perpetrators were strangers;
19% were acquaintances;

52% were removed from the street;
46% were taken to a vehicle;

87% were taken by force;
75% taken by force had a gun involvement;

8% of all cases had a request for ransom.

100 Children are Abducted and Murdered Each Year.

75% are Dead Within the First 3 Hours
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PostSubject: Re: Help for Teens & Runaways   Fri Sep 25, 2009 3:10 pm

When Children Run Away
By Darlene Zagata

In recent years there has been a growing number of runaways. We read about them in newspapers or hear that someone’s child ran away or is missing from a neighbor or through the gossip grapevine. We may even know the parents of a runaway in our community. But as a parent you never even consider the thought that your child might runaway.

When a child does run away you ask yourself why. What would make a child run away from home? There are many reasons why a child may make such a drastic choice. One of the most obvious reasons may be abuse but this is not the only reason a child runs away and it does not indicate that all parents of runaways are abused. Children may run away because they’ve gotten into some sort of trouble with the authorities. They may have done something that they don’t want to face up to and don’t want their parents to know about. These may be minor transgressions but in the young person’s mind the situation is amplified and by their reasoning justifies running away.

In times past, when a young girl became pregnant she would leave home as a means to protect the family name. That is not the case these days since being a young unmarried mother no longer bears the negative stigma that it once did. Many other reasons exist that may cause a child to leave home such as the break up of their parents or constant conflict among family members. Children may leave homes where poverty exists or where they feel unloved or unwanted. Pressure by a boyfriend or girlfriend to leave home can be a factor in the decision.

Often teens will complain of no privacy, being treated like a child and declare that they can’t wait until they turn eighteen so they can move out. While most teens just complain, a few may actually decide to leave home and try to make it on their own. Usually those who do leave aren’t gone long. They often find that life at home wasn’t that bad after all. The world can be a big, scary place and unfortunately it is filled with predators. Young people can easily be influenced by those that don’t have their best interests at heart. There are any number of dangers that they could encounter. Parents want the best for their children and dread the thought of their offspring being anything less than happy, healthy and safe.

Kids can run away due to miscommunication with parents. A parent that works too much or travels a lot may feel that everything he or she does is to give the child a better life and even though that is true, the child may feel unloved because the parent is always busy and doesn’t seem to have time for him or her. By keeping good lines of communication open with your child you may be able to prevent your child from interpreting your behavior in the wrong way. Talk to your kids often and honestly. By sharing your feelings you let them know it’s okay to share theirs. When parents keep their feelings inside they sometimes appear closed off and that can give kids the impression that they are unapproachable.

Although most runaways are between the ages of fourteen and seventeen there are occasionally some as young as ten years of age. In most cases, runaways are not far from home. They usually stay in the vicinity and may have the assistance of a friend. Parents who suspect their child has run away instinctively report the incident to local authorities and begin searching on their own. These are the main steps that you can take when faced with the situation of finding a runaway. Contact everyone you know; distribute photos of your child. Speak with your child’s friends. Gather family members and friends together to search. Split up and search the neighborhood. Search places and areas that are familiar to your child. Have someone stay at your house in case your child should return home.

When your child is safely home, instead of expressing your anger over the fact that he or she ran away, express your love and gratitude that your child is safely home. Give your child some time to rest and relax. Don’t pressure your child to talk about the situation right away. Wait until he or she is ready to talk and then discuss the reason for running away. Be patient, loving and honest. Consider family counseling if necessary. It’s often easier to discuss feelings in a neutral environment with professional guidance.
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