Runaway and Homeless Youth

This webpage links to resources that provide information on housing issues related to child welfare and programs to assist families experiencing housing instability. Resources on caregiver housing insecurity are provided in addition to resources on homelessness and housing insecurity for youth who are aging out of the foster care system. ...
Episodes one and two of the new five-part podcast series entitled Advances in Supporting Kinship Caregivers are now available. The first episode features a discussion of Rhode Island’s approach to kinship support services and the second episode focuses on Washington State’s approach to providing kinship support services. Topics discussed in ...
This website features a new curriculum that is based on research and input from experts, families who have experience with fostering or adopting children, and former foster and adoptive youth. It provides potential foster or adoptive parents with the information and tools needed to parent a child who has experienced ...
This fact sheet presents statistics on increased risks for LGBTQ youth and provides information on how child welfare systems can avoid harmful practices and use healthy approaches when working with LGBTQ children and youth. Learn more.  
The redesigned National Foster Care Month website has launched. The website provides information on the history of the National Foster Care Month initiative, links to relevant resources for this May observance, personal narratives from the Reflections: Stories of Foster Care series, and tools to raise awareness about National Foster Care ...
HUD’s Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS) invites homeless assistance providers and their partners to participate in Office Hours to discuss COVID-19 planning and response on Fridays from 2:30 to 4:00 PM ET. Presenters from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HUD, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs ...
This issue brief (PDF, 16 pages) explores strategies to integrate human trafficking prevention into Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) programs. These strategies emphasize the vital role that trauma informed RHY programs can play in the prevention of sex and labor trafficking among runaway and homeless youth. Learn more (PDF, 16 ...
The Let’s Talk podcast elevates voices of young people as they share their stories and highlights the complexities and intersections that are witnessed by the 4.2 million young people experiencing homelessness across the United States each year. The podcast launched in November, National Runaway Prevention Month. Learn more. ...
This free, evidence-based, interactive, 14 module curriculum is intended to educate young people about alternatives to running away and to build life skills so that youth can resolve problems without resorting to running away or unsafe behavior. The curriculum is primarily designed for youth ages 10-20, but can be adapted ...
This report (PDF, 16 pages) illustrates voluntarily-provided data from youth under the age of 21 who connected with NRS in 2020 through the 1-800-RUNAWAY hotline and the various digital services offered through 1800RUNAWAY.org (live chat, email, and forum). Learn more.
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