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    So I have a question. When youth runaway from home, most times it has something to do with a problem that’s within the family or household. When a youth runs away from home and they’re caught by police, police return them home. Now why would they return that child home if that’s the main reason they ran away in the first place ? Taking the child back home to the source of the problem or making them go back to the center of why they ran away is just going to make them do it again ??

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    Thank you for reaching out to us here at National Runaway Safeline (NRS). That is a great question ! Unfortunately there is no clear answer. We are not legal experts so we couldn't say why that is the case. Each situation is different, if the youth feels unsafe at home Child Protective Services would get involved. There is a chance that the youth would be removed from their home and place with another family member or close friend. If you have any other questions or just want to talk, please feel free to contact us directly via our 24 hour crisis hotline (1-800-786-2929), email, or live chat.


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