Running away is characterized by a short or long-term escape from home, and often occurs in the preteen and teenage years. School truancy may be one of the first indications that a child might be considering running away and should be closely observed.

Did you Know it?

Runaway/Thrownaway reported each year in America: 357 600 (nearly one-half of missing children).

What to Tell Children (book excerpt)

• Immediately alert a friend or a relative about one’s situation or that of a runaway classmate.
• Entrust any sensitive situation to a school counselor, school nurse, or relative.
• Never tell a stranger or someone of the Internet that you are planning to run away. This could put you at serious risk (robbery, aggression, rape, or kidnapping).

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