defines an Endangered Runaway as a child under the age of 18 who is missing on his or her own accord and whose whereabouts are unknown to their parent or legal guardian. These children are highly vulnerable and can experience homelessness when they are missing. According to a recent report from Chapin Hall,1 in 30 adolescent minors ages 13 to 17 endures some form of homelessness in a year.
The risk factors for running away from home or state care are multifaceted, and there is no typical Endangered Runaway.
The following factors may put youth at an increased risk of running away or becoming homeless:
Physical or sexual abuse
Lack of acceptance of gender identity or sexual orientation
Struggling to manage mental health
Medical issue/developmental or physical disability