Runaway Teens in Canada

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Runaway Teens in Canada By: Hayley Rogers:

Runaway Teens in Canada By: Hayley Rogers

Who Are Canada’s Homeless Children?:

Who Are Canada’s Homeless Children? Street Youth- a heterogeneous group of young people who live on the streets of Canada’s urban centers. They come from rural, suburban and urban areas, diverse cultural backgrounds and all socioeconomic classes. 50% come from middle and upper class homes .

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Why Do They Run Away? Estimated that there are between 45 000-65 000 street youth in Canada

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Abuse (physical, emotional and sexual) Neglect by parents

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Family problems (grades, choice of friends, behavior, etc.)

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Trouble with the law

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Alcohol and drug problems Emotional or mental health problems

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Sexual orientation Bullying at school

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Pregnancy

Did You Know?:

Did You Know? 1in 7 kids between the ages of 10 and 18 will run away. 1in 3 will be lured into prostitution within 48 hours of living on the street. 2 6% have exchanged sex for money, shelter or drugs. 36% inject drugs. 70% have been abused at home. Death rate is 11 times higher than in the general youth population. 20% have sexually transmitted diseases. 2.2% tested positive for HIV. 33% have been attacked or stabbed. 66% have been threatened with serious harm.

Where Can They Find Help?:

Where Can They Find Help? Local Salvation Army. Kid’s Help Phone 1-800-668-6868 Zenith Child Abuse- Dial Operator ask for Zenith 1234. Street Kids International 1-800-387-5326 Our Missing Children 1-800-668-4663

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How Can I Help?

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Give a donation to an organization that helps street youth. Any amount you can give is helpful. Volunteer at local churches, food banks, soup kitchens and shelters. Donate clothing you have outgrown to your local Salvation Army, Good Will center etc.

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Know the signs if your friend is in trouble: Dramatic mood swings Loss of appetite Withdrawn from friends Grades and attendance drop at school Carries large amounts of money Gives away valuable items Starts talking about leaving home Tell Someone!!!

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Stand up against bullying. Tell someone when you see it happening!

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Support a friend if they are in trouble and get them to talk to someone who can help them (Kid’s Help Phone)

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Become better educated about issues that cause children to run away. Share your knowledge with others.

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Have You Seen These Kids?

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Shannon Alexander Missing since: September 6, 2008 Age now: 21 Maniwaki , Quebec

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Lucas Degerness Missing since: June 7, 2007 Age now: 19 Prince George, British Columbia

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Maisy Odjick Missing since: September 6, 2008 Age now: 21 Maniwaki , Quebec

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David Fortin Missing since: February 10, 2009 Age now: 18

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Melina Martin Missing since: January 23, 2005 Age now: 20 Sainte-Sabine, Quebec

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Justin Rutter Missing since: October 14, 2009 Age now: 17 Ottawa, Ontario

References:

References www.restoretroubledteens.com www.salvationarmy.ca www.publications.gc.ca www.pictoucountyrootsforyouth.com www.girlshealth.gov www.shelterhouse.on.ca www.phac-aspc.gc.ca www.more4kids.info www.1800runaway.org www.cbc.ca/fifth/main_nowayhome.html www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

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