Sometimes a parent, guardian, or other relative of a youth who has run away may be extremely distressed after an event where the youth has left home.…

Sometimes a parent, guardian, or other relative of a youth who has run away may be extremely distressed after an event where the youth has left home. They might be at a loss as to what to do, what steps to take to help re-connect to their children. This is especially difficult in the few hours after the realization that the youth has run away or perhaps gone missing. Volunteers at the National Runaway Switchboard’s crisis hot-line can help callers who are people in a youth’s life to figure out what to do in the immediate hours after someone has run away or has simply not showed up back home. Volunteers can assist callers in laying out the steps that may help them assess the situation and find out what happened to the youth. They can also assist them in alerting community members about a youth who has left home or is missing.
– Allyson