November 14, 2018

National Runaway Prevention Month


Runaway youth continues to be a national issue, particularly for children in foster care. Youth who run away are particularly vulnerable to sex trafficking and its dangerous health and mental health consequences.


We can never know for sure which youth will attempt to run from foster care, but we know something about the traits of those who run. The following findings from the research literature are described by Pergamit and Erst (2011):


  • Females are more likely to run away than are males.
  • Runaway behavior is not linked to a particular race/ethnicity.
  • Runaways tend to have more school problems, higher rates of suicidal ideation, more reported behavioral problems; and more alcohol, substance abuse, and mental health disorders.
  • Foster youth are more likely to run away the first time if they entered care due to lack of supervision and less likely if they entered due to sexual abuse or physical abuse.
  • The more placements they have, the more likely youth are to run.
  • Youth in group homes or residential facilities more likely to run away than youth in foster homes; youth placed with relatives are least likely to run away.
  • Length of time in care does not necessarily predict runaway; in fact, the older the youth is when entering care, the more likely they are to run away.


Runaway Resources


National Runaway Safeline


National Center for Missing and Exploited Children


Additional resources are available on the Center for Child Welfare’s website:


Missing Child Resources


Sexual Exploitation of Children (a.k.a. Human Trafficking)

Recently Added Resources:



Adverse Childhood Experiences, Brain Development, and Trust-Based Relational Intervention Training Video

Upcoming Events

Call for Presenters: For the Sarasota YMCA/Safe Children Coalition's 9th Annual Conference. Proposals due November 15th.


This annual conference anticipates 250 child welfare professionals and community partners including attorneys, child advocates, Child Protection Team, relative, foster & adoptive caregivers, Guardians ad Litem, law enforcement, service providers, DCF staff, case managers and child protective investigators. We are seeking knowledgeable, dynamic speakers to present topics that will enhance attendees understanding and knowledge in an array of areas related to child welfare.


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National Webinar: Technology and CSEC: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly,
Thursday, November 15, 2018, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Eastern)


This webinar is hosted by Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and this module will look at the ways technology is used by traffickers and buyers to facilitate child sex trafficking. Emphasis will be placed on recruitment and purchasing strategies and how child sexual exploitation material.


Click HERE for additional information and to register.


National Webinar: Synthetic Marijuana:" What Is It, Why Is It Dangerous, and How Can We Prevent Youth from Using It?,
Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Eastern)


Synthetic cannabinoids, misleadingly called “synthetic marijuana” are human-made mind-altering chemicals that are either sprayed on dried, shredded plant material so they can be smoked or sold as liquids to be vaporized and inhaled in e-cigarettes and other devices.


In this webinar, Krista Osterthaler of the American Association of Poison Control Centers will provide an overview of synthetic cannabinoids and the scope of the problem among youth. Dr. Seth Ammerman of Stanford University will share his experience in working with patients who use “synthetic marijuana” and discuss his approach as part of general screening for substance use.


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Live Webinar hosted by The Center: Creating Boundaries,
Thursday, November 29, 2018, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (Eastern)


This webinar will provide an informative overview of the topic, Boundaries! Creating boundaries keeps us emotionally safe from toxic people.


The training will be interactive; using visual aids and chat discussions to assist with teaching how to identify healthy connections with family and friends as well as the purpose of modeling how to maintain them. Setting clear boundaries has been identified as a necessary skill in all areas, yet specifically in child welfare as a result of the unique responsibility to interact with diverse populations and professions.


Those in attendance will be provided with tips and techniques to engage in mutually beneficial relationships and eliminate the guilt associated with disconnecting from unhealthy and dysfunctional people despite their roles.


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