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Running Away

Adolescents run away from home for a variety of reasons. Running away from home is rarely the result of one argument or one fight. As a parent/adult, you may be confronted with your own adolescent run- ning away, or you may have an adolescent staying in your home who has run away.

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Drug abuse,

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Prostitution

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Crime

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Violence

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Dropping out of high school

Runaways are at high risk for:

If your adolescent runs away, it is important for you to take action to locate him/her immediately:

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Check to see if s/he is at a relative’s or friend’s home. Speak with the parents of your adolescent’s friends to see if they know where your adolescent is. If you cannot locate your adolescent immediately contact 911 and report your adolescent missing. If you can locate him/her, attempt to listen to the reasons for leaving and ask for outside help to work through the problems.

Reasons to run away:

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Parent/child conflict Child abuse Substance abuse Family stress Mental illness Domestic violence

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