Runaway/Thrownaway Children: National Estimates and Characteristics.

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NISMART Series Bulletin

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Hammer, Heather; Finkelhor, David; Sedlack, Andrea J
United States Department of Justice
Criminology; Sociology
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Presents national estimates of children who ran away from or were thrown out of their homes, based on surveys of households and juvenile facilities. The Bulletin, which is part of a series summarizing findings from the Second National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway, and Thrownaway Children (NISMART–2), also analyzes characteristics of runaway/thrownaway children and episodes. Of the estimated 1,682,900 youth with a runaway/thrownaway episode during the study period, 37 percent were missing from their caretakers, and 21 percent were reported to authorities for help in locating them. Two-thirds of youth with a runaway/thrownaway episode were ages 15–17, and 71 percent were classified as endangered. The Bulletin also discusses policy implications of the findings.