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Most runaway teens return home with help of family ties, study finds
PARENTAL OPTIONS FOR OUT-OF-CONTROL YEAR-OLDS
For various reasons many young people run away. Often, they are seeking a solution to some kind of problem or they have allowed someone else, who also wants to run away, to influence them. Most young people do not realize the dangers and temptations that they face. Runaway girls are often like sheep among wolves. There is plenty of male companionship, perhaps a free meal and a temporary place to stay, but the girl must pay the price. In many cases the price is the sacrificing of her moral character. Other forms of mistreatment may occur, even to the loss of life.
Law keeps worried parents from runaway daughter
The teen years can be a tumultuous time, as many parents know, a time when adolescents begin to flex their mental muscles, testing boundaries and turning to peers rather than parents for advice. Sometimes emotions and arguments can become so intense that things get out of hand and the child runs away. While past research on runaway teens has tended to focus on the antisocial and high-risk behaviors of taking to the streets and the causes leading to kids running away -- including family violence and abuse -- a new UCLA study has found that common stereotypes of homeless youth are largely inaccurate. Milburn, a research psychologist in the department of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, and colleagues found that most homeless young people actually return home soon after they leave and, in terms of development as adolescents, are possibly less chronically troubled than their reputation may indicate. The keys seem to be maintaining relationships with pro-social or mainstream peers non-runaways , staying in school and the support of parents, especially a teen's mother.
Unfortunately, when your 17 year old voluntarily runs away, there is very little you can do to secure their return to your household. The police will unlikely come to the rescue to force your child, who voluntarily ran away, to return to your home, unless your teenager is in danger. The courts lack jurisdiction over a year-old runaway to force that runaway to return to their home; therefore, even if the police wanted to assist you, the courts have no power to keep your child in your home. Specifically, MCL A. This means that any child that is 17 years old or older will not suffer legal consequences, if they runaway from home.