National Runaway Safeline has partnered with Children of the Night and Goodwill Industries of Southern California to help thousands of young people to…

National Runaway Safeline has partnered with Children of the Night and Goodwill Industries of Southern California to help thousands of young people to get off the streets. The following post, detailing the stellar work of our longstanding partner Children of the Night and our WOW collaboration first appeared on their website.  

logoThroughout the years, Children of the Night has gained the reputation as one of the most prominent and successful organizations in the nation addressing the needs of America’s sex trafficked children.

Children of the Night is a unique program with some specific characteristics that make its groundbreaking, award-winning, life-changing work possible:

  1. the commitment of its founder who has made Children of the Night her life’s work
  2. the independence from public/government funds which allows for unique programming and success.

Most shelters in America are supported by federal funds and limit shelter services to a young person for a mere 21 days; therefore, young people move from shelter to shelter, on and off the streets to shabby motels, abandoned buildings, truck stops and other unstable living conditions.

Federal and state-funded social service programs often provide the bottom rung of social services: bricks and mortar, beds or cots, minimal supervision and minimal case management for people trying to escape the streets. Often the staff who work in these programs resided on the street as youth and continue to struggle to make a living.

Without the skilled and experienced support of trained Children of the Night staff, many of these programs will only serve as temporary warehouses for people trapped living on the street.

No one in America is providing a continuum of care for young people once they leave detention centers or foster homes. As a result, this group of vulnerable youth tends to move between shelters, motels and the streets until they turn 18 and age out of the meager services available to them. WOWis the first program taking comprehensive education and mental health services to these kids wherever they are, providing them an opportunity to permanently escape life on the streets.

Children of the Night WOW is an exciting and challenging program that will leave an indelible mark on the standard of care for American adolescents who receive out-of-home care and adults who have been unable to permanently escape life on the streets.

Children of the Night’s WOW program (Children of the Night With Out Walls) is a critical forward step to expand Children of the Night and help a greater number of people trapped on the streets. The Children of the Night experience must not be wasted or limited to one building or one location where children are forced to leave their families and their communities to receive Children of the Night services. We can take Children of the Night to them in their hometowns where neighbors and families may be part of their healing.