to the Department of Health, more than 1 million teenagers
run away from home each year. The National Runaway
Switchboard reports that 86% of runaways are between
the ages of 14 to 17 and 74% are female, while 26%
teen has threatened to run away, don’t hesitate
to talk to her about it. Inform your son or daughter
that running away is not as glamorous as it sounds.
Let them know living day-to-day on the streets with
no legal form of income, no food and only the clothes
on their back is not only dangerous, it can be deadly.
If your teen is having problems, make sure you let
them know how much you love them and that together
you can work through the problem(s) and running away
is never the solution.
teen has already run away, take action. “If
you believe your child has run away, notify the police
immediately,” states New Jersey Police Officer
Steve Wilson. “Many teens initially run away
and in doing so, become easy prey for kidnappers,
molesters, pimps, and other predators. It’s
easy for runaways to end up becoming a victim.”
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