What Makes a Child Run Away? The Issues.
What makes a child run away?
An endangered runaway is a child under the age of 18 who goes missing on his or her own accord, and whose parents do not know where they are. These children are vulnerable to abuse, trafficking, homelessness, and substance abuse.
A young person may think running away is the only option if he or she is subject to
- abuse at home
- family conflicts
- struggles with mental health
- or becomes the victim of an online predator