The National Runaway Switchboard, established in 1971, serves as the federally-designated national communication system for homeless and runaway youth. Recognized as the oldest hotline of its kind in the world, NRS, with the support of more than 150 volunteers, has handled more than three million calls in its 35-year history and handles an average of 100,000 calls annually. NRS provides crisis intervention, referrals to local resources, and education and prevention services to youth, families and community members throughout the country 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Over 10,000 youth have been reunited with their families through NRS’ Home Free program done in collaboration with Greyhound Lines, Inc. The NRS crisis hotline is 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786 -2929) .
You can read transcripts of calls from runaways and potential runaways (names and exact locations hidden for privacy) and the responses from NPR and others on their bulletin board site. You can also download promotional materials (posters and booklets) in English and Spanish and articles and newsletters, and other information.
I will be publishing more on/from this site in the near future. They provide an invaluable service. If you look through the bulletin board and listen to the cries for help. you will understand more of what kids are going through and how what looks like small problems often become big and life changing issues.
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In looking across the web for advice on troubled teens, I found this useful article. It has good advice! Only the opening paragraph and the topics are reproduced here, but there is a link at the bottom for the entire article.
One of the greatest fears that parents can experience comes when they discover that their child is missing or has run away. Parents will experience a range of emotions. The stress of the situation and the different ways in which parents, family, friends and police respond can reach crisis proportions and create further crisis within a family.
The Difference Between a Runaway Child and a Missing Child
Motivations of a Runaway
Warning Signs of a Potential Runaway.
Communication That Helps Prevent Runaways
Steps You Can Take That Will Help Reduce the Risk of a Runaway
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