When the parent or legal guardian of a youth kicks out their child from their home, legally such an action is considered neglect. As with runaways,…

When the parent or legal guardian of a youth kicks out their child from their home, legally such an action is considered neglect. As with runaways, parents/legal guardians have various reasons for kicking out a youth from their home. Some evict their children out of their homes because they feel that their children are being too difficult to deal with, while some do it because they feel that they can’t take care of them with sufficient resources. Whatever the reasons (or excuses) for neglecting a youth, there are ways to deal with conflicts and pressing conditions that do not involve the forcible removal of youth from their homes. Youth who become throwaways are usually left to fend for themselves, which often presents an even more immediate threat to their well-being than whatever may be happening at home or whatever it is they are doing to themselves. No matter how difficult the circumstances surrounding the youth and their homes, there is usually a way to resolve a conflict between a youth and their parents/guardians through a third party who acts as a balanced mediator. The National Runaway Switchboard’s crisis line workers serve as mediators when there is a conflict that needs to be resolved between a youth and their parents or guardians. They can assist youth and parents to work out problems before the action of “throwing away” a child occurs. – Allyson

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