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Snowstorms Leave Human Trafficking Victims out in the Cold

Mary David | Posted 03.26.2014 | Impact
Mary David

Imagine she retreats to a shelter where aggressive, belligerent, or intoxicated people accost her, make snide comments about her child, and multiply the fears that first led her to the shelter. Should she stay? Would you?

State Passes Law Protecting Homeless Teens From Law Enforcement

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 10.03.2013 | Politics

California officials are no longer required to report homeless teens to law enforcement thanks to a bill that was signed into law on Wednesday. Th...

David Lohr

Two Teens Missing from Texas; Car Found Abandoned 400 Miles Away

HuffingtonPost.com | David Lohr | Posted 08.22.2013 | Crime

The families of two missing Texas teens are convinced the girls may have met with foul play after authorities located the car they were driving abando...

Stars Under the Stars for Homeless Kids

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 10.14.2013 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

Next week on August 19, more than 50 Broadway stars, composers and directors will meet with homeless youth at Covenant House in New York City, then lie down on a sidewalk and sleep overnight on a small patch of concrete near the Lincoln Tunnel.

Understanding the Public's Misperceptions About Missing Children

Tony Loftis | Posted 07.28.2013 | Crime
Tony Loftis

I think that we still have a very old-fashioned attitude that runaways are bad kids, or runaways run from bad places. But, the way our system operates, we categorize any missing person as a runaway until we know otherwise.

Sheltering Youths

Ben Barber | Posted 06.22.2013 | Impact
Ben Barber

Cuts in federal funding known as the sequester threaten to cut an already shrinking budget for youth shelters at a time of increasing need by the estimated 1.7 million homeless youth in America.

Bad Things Happen to Good Parents: Digital Parenting Tips

Tony Loftis | Posted 05.26.2013 | Parents
Tony Loftis

"Answer me this -- do you know who your child made friends with on Facebook yesterday?" Tim Woda, co-founder of UknowKids.com, poses this question whenever he discusses Internet safety with concerned parents.

Chelsea Kiene

Homeless Teens Dealt New Blow

HuffingtonPost.com | Chelsea Kiene | Posted 03.19.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- A longtime provider of runaway and homeless youth services for D.C. teens is calling out the District for falling short of its commitmen...

The Silent Crisis: Runaway Children

Tony Loftis | Posted 05.06.2013 | Impact
Tony Loftis

The image of a doe-eyed young blonde girl is splashed across the news. She is the latest victim of abduction or runaway -- but she is just one.

5 More Questions to Ask Your Kids About Their Digital Life

Tony Loftis | Posted 04.30.2013 | Parents
Tony Loftis

Talking with your kids about what they do online should be as natural as asking about what they did in school and as important as the other really big talk.

The Other Missing Kids: Parental Abduction

Tony Loftis | Posted 04.22.2013 | Impact
Tony Loftis

When people think about missing children, images of scary white vans and bus stop grabs rush through their heads. But for many children, it is a parent's car, not a scary van that rips them from everything they have ever known.

5 Questions to Ask Your Kids About Their Online Life

Tony Loftis | Posted 04.21.2013 | Parents
Tony Loftis

Studies show that parental involvement is the number one factor in keeping kids safe online. As with any other activity, understanding what our kids do online means being involved and asking questions.

Supporting the Families of the Long-Missing

Tony Loftis | Posted 04.15.2013 | Impact
Tony Loftis

Families with missing loved ones face a lonely and challenging journey. For some, that journey ends quickly with reunification. But for many families, answers come slowly, if they come at all.

How to Talk to Your Kids About Their Online Life

Tony Loftis | Posted 04.02.2013 | Parents
Tony Loftis

The whole point of global connectivity is that information is everywhere. If your children don't want you -- or grandma, their soccer coach or their secret crush -- to read something or see a picture of it, it most certainly doesn't belong on the Internet.

Being Homeless Shouldn't Be Fatal

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 03.10.2013 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

The death of a homeless youth always leads me to look inward and think of what might have been, how strong and energetic that life could have been given the right circumstances.

What I Learned When My Daughter Ran Away

Tony Loftis | Posted 02.26.2013 | Impact
Tony Loftis

When my daughter went missing, I needed to act -- I couldn't just sit by the phone and wait. So I turned to Facebook. And Twitter. And LinkedIn. And email. And anything else I could think of. Before my daughter was returned home safely, more than 4,000 people shared my story.

South Carolina Police Searching For Suspected Teen Runaway

David Lohr | Posted 11.01.2012 | Crime

Police in Charleston, S.C., are searching for a teenager who has been missing for three days. Edward Vincent Tankersley, 15, of West Ashley, was la...

Woman Starved Teen Daughter To Death, Cops Say

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 06.18.2012 | Crime

A Georgia woman is charged with murder and deprivation after her teenage daughter was found dead of apparent malnourishment on Saturday. Police arr...

'House' Makes Decisions Based On Skeet Shooting

Posted 03.31.2012 | TV

When a homeless, but otherwise well-adjusted teenager started bleeding out of her ear in the clinic on "House" (Mon., 8 p.m. EST on Fox), she became t...

Losing Hope With Your Defiant Teen? Heed This Advice

Evan Allis | Posted 12.19.2011 | Fifty

Many parents have a difficult time knowing what to do with their defiant teens. Sometimes it might seem like all of your efforts are worthless, and at...

Teen Who Reportedly Ran Away To Avoid Arranged Marriage Found Safe

Skokie, IL Patch | Ted Regencia | Email the Author | 11:11am | Posted 06.20.2011 | Chicago

A Skokie teenager who went missing since last month after fleeing from her family has been found early Wednesday. Zaineb S. Chaudary, 16, "was fou...

Police: Illinois Teen Ran Away To Avoid Arranged Marriage

Posted 06.18.2011 | Chicago

Law enforcement agencies throughout Illinois are looking for a missing Skokie teen who may have run away from home to avoid an arranged marriage. ...

Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Cherie Currie, Ex-Runaway, On Life After Being a Cherry Bomb

Holly Cara Price | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Holly Cara Price

Rock and Roll was a man's world in 1975. Until the Runaways, that is. Guitarist Joan Jett and drummer Sandy West dreamed the dream, and so did 15-year-old Cherie Currie.

The Life Of A Youth Runaway

The New York Times | Ian Urbina | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

The New York Times: Over the past two years, government officials and experts have seen an increasing number of children leave home for life on the s...

Denver Youth Shelter Aims to Prevent Adult Homelessness

Huffington Post | Tam Vo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

With the rise in youth homelessness, it is more important than ever that shelters and resources are available to take in runaways and kids displaced b...