➡ From Child Welfare Information Gateway NJ:
US: The Other Missing Children: Those Fleeing Abusive and Neglectful Homes
Chronicle of Social Change – April 14, 2017
Federal data suggests that nationwide over 20 percent of the youths who run away or are thrown out of their homes reported being physically or sexually abused at home in the prior year or fearing abuse upon returning home. Many of these children have been betrayed by a system that failed to protect them, leaving running away as their only option.