40 years of faulty wiring

Runaways and Homelessness

The number of runaways has been growing since 1994. The majority of missing children are runaways–in 2002, of the 66,532 children reported missing, 52,390 were runaways. That doesn’t include young people whose parents or guardians did not file a missing children’s report. There are a plethora of reasons why families don’t report their teenagers as missing:

  1. can’t handle teens’ behaviour
  2. pressure from spouse
  3. don’t want police bringing child home
  4. lack of finances to feed and clothe the child
  5. apathy; neglect
  6. other issues

Watch more teenage runaways

Teenage Canadians flee home for lots of reasons. Some have been abused, while others don’t fit in at school, are LGBT, or they don’t fit in with their home towns.  Toronto has created a 12-member police squad to deal with runaways: arresting, charging and moving them to other areas. Many teens have mental health issues or borderline IQs. Street kids also are drawn into the sex trade, working as prostitutes or strippers. The teenage sex trade is rampant across Canada. watch notebook: runaways

Facts about Teenage Runaways:

 

  1. Most missing children are repeat runaways
  2. Most teens run away to escape intolerable conditions at home.
  3. Runaways feel neglected and have psychological problems.
  4. Teens will return home to see if difficult issues have changed and and if not,  they leave again.
  5. Teen runaways are more likely to get arrested than other teens. watch teenage runaways in the UK

Prospects for homeless teens are very poor.  Many do not get off the streets and become homeless adults, living a life of crime and poverty. Some die in their teens or 20’s. Most are unable to leave prostitution and become addicted to drugs.  Many teens become single mothers and are incapable of caring for their children. They face constant threat of violence/rape.

Ways we can help:

  1. donate money and clothing to street outreach programs
  2. donate food to food banks
  3. volunteer in youth hostels and soup kitchens
  4. hold Canadian government accountable for change in child abuse and homelessness laws
  5. ensure runaway programs are funded and supported
  6. work in the mental health field specializing in youth treatment programs
  7. report suspected or known child abuse

watch homelessness –  a short film

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June 4, 2011 - Posted by | Politics, Reflections | , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. what is your opinion of parents who kick out their kids, teenagers?
    is that neglect, what can we do to help homeless teens?

    I was one myself, so I am curious about other’s opinions.

    Comment by resonanteye | July 22, 2012 | Reply

    • Absolutely this is neglect – and abandonment. However the reasons behind the neglect are what needs to be examined in order to fully answer the question.
      Homeless shelters, food banks and soup kitchens are in place for teens and adults however this doesn’t resolve issues of neglect and teen abandonment. It is a temporary solution and not a very good one at that.
      The reporting and prevention of child abuse and family therapy for families who live with children with severe behaviour problems may be somewhat helpful.
      Adult educational workshops and support groups about raising children are also helpful for some people.

      Comment by gothrules | July 24, 2012 | Reply


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