Runaway & Homeless Youth

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This November, Join Us in Marking National Runaway Prevention Month

In its last runaway study, the Department of Justice  reported more than 1.6 million youth ran away or were kicked out of their homes.

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Rev. Brook Bello of More Too Life, Inc.; Acting Assistant Sec. George Sheldon; and Minh Dang, Human Trafficking scholar.

Much Anticipated Child Welfare Guidance on Human Trafficking Released

Guidance is a road map for how to identify, engage, serve and ultimately restore victims.

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LGBTQ Youth at High Risk of Becoming Human Trafficking Victims

LGBTQ youth are more likely than their straight counterparts to be bullied by their peers, ostracized by their communities, or fall prey to the scourge of child sex trafficking.

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Putting College Within the Reach of Homeless Youth

ACF's Family and Youth Services Bureau plays an important role in helping unaccompanied young people access a college education.

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National Communication System for Runaway and Homeless Youth Changes Its Name

On January 15, the National Runaway Switchboard became the National Runaway Safeline, a federally designated national communication system funded by the Family and Youth Services Bureau that connects runaway and homeless youth to services and support.

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Ensuring the Well-Being of all Victims of Human Trafficking

ACF is strengthening the coordination of human trafficking victim services within HHS and across federal agencies.

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More ACF programs are using social media to promote services

Every month, more Administration for Children and Families programs are coming online and promoting their services on the Internet with social media tools. Have you subscribed or “friended” these pages yet?

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Acting Assistant Secretary Sheldon & his ACF colleagues tour the Promise House.

Building New Futures at Promise House

Promise House, an ACF-supported shelter for homeless and runaway youth in Dallas, Texas, gives at-risk teens individualized support, encouragement and hope to live a better life. Under the leadership of Dr. Harriet Boorhem, the president of Promise House, staff work to provide a safe place for these kids to call home.

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