MAKE A DIFFERENCE
GOALS & HISTORY
To raise awareness of the runaway and homeless youth crisis and the issues that young people face.
To educate the public about solutions and the role they can play in runaway prevention and ending youth homelessness.
To increase the visibility of the services and resources provided by the National Runaway Safeline & CDS.
To reach families and youth-at risk in the 14 counties CDS serves. In times of need CDS is here to help.
National leaders met at the White House Conference on Exploited and Runaway Children to raise awareness of the steps that parents, law enforcement and communities could take to make America's children safer.
The conference culminated in the launch of the National Runaway Prevention week, which has since expanded into a month-long prevention and awareness campaign.
Bipartisan Senate Resolution 442 designated November as National Runaway Prevention Month.
National leaders continue to advance efforts to assist youth and families in crisis and end youth homelessness.
NRPM is spearheaded each year by the National Runaway Safeline, with the support of the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) and other national and local partners like CDS.
The National Runaway Safeline will lead an online educational series about a variety of Runaway and Homeless Youth issues.
WEAR GREEN DAY &
SHINE THE LIGHT EVENT
Dress in green to show your support for CDS and NRPM. For added impact, post a picture on social media with a message about your commitment to Runaway and Homeless Youth and include the hashtag #CDSFamily, #CDSFamilyandbehavioralhealth, #NRPM2023
The "Shine the light Event" hosted by CDS will be from 4:00 PM- 7:00PM
Location: More Yard, 2000 Reid St, Palatka FL.
NATIONAL RESOURCE DAY
Throughout the day, partners will use social media to spotlight resources in their own communities, showing those in need how they can access help. Use the hashtag #NRPM2022!
CDS ANNUAL BOARD MEETING & CELEBRATION
Join us for lunch at Sweetwater Branch Inn at 12:00 PM as CDS " Shines a light" on this issue and show solidarity with youth in crisis. Don't forget to wear green!
This year our Key Note speaker is Christian Minor, M.S. Executive Director of the Juvenile Justice Association hosted by CDS from 12:00 PM- 1:00PM
Location: Sweetwater Branch Inn, Gainesville, FL.
HELPING FAMILIES ACHIEVE RESILIENCE & WELLBEING
With our mission of
"Empowering Youth & Building Strong Families for a Brighter Tomorrow"
Youth at risk enter our Interface Youth Program through our Safe Place program. We have served more than 16 thousand youth in our residential program alone for youth who are Homeless, Runaways, Abused and Trafficked.
53 YEARS OF
YOUTH AT RISK & FAMILIES IN CRISIS
Experiencing homelessness increases a young person's likelihood of dropping out of school by almost 87%.
Having an unstable living arrangement or experiencing homelessness greatly impacts the education of youth.
LGBTQ youth have over twice the rate of early death among youth experiencing homelessness.
Homelessness is the largest risk factor for the commercial sex exploitation of children and sex trafficking of minors.
In 2020, nearly 26,500 runaways were reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited children and one in six were likely victims of child sex trafficking.
Homeless youth who have been physically abused are almost twice as likely to be incarcerated compared to homeless youth without a history of physical abuse.
Major education barriers faced by homeless youth with disabilities include: Difficulty with diagnoses, lack of assessment, and service provision.
81% of trafficked youth were forced to sell drugs. 8% of respondents were found to have been trafficked for labor. 3% had been trafficked for both sex and labor
Native American girls are at a much higher risk of experiencing physical and/or sexual violence. Nationally, 99.8 % of tribal officials reported that taking in family and friends who would otherwise risk homelessness was an issue in their area.
Children experiencing homelessness have three times the rate of emotional and behavioral problems, are four times as likely to show delayed development, and have twice the rate of learning disabilities.
A youth's risk of homelessness increases as their age of entry into the foster care increases. Similarly, a youth's risk of homelessness increases as their number of foster care placements increases.
Vulnerable populations experience a greater risk for homelessness. LGBTQ youth had a 120% higher risk of experiencing homelessness. Black youth had an 83% and Hispanic has a 33% increased risk.
CRUCIAL RESOURCES FOR OUR YOUTH
Interface Youth Program
If you are a Runaway, Homeless, Trafficked, Abused, or are in crisis and are between the ages of 10-17 complete the online referral on the link below or call us at 352- 244- 0618. Interface is a Free short- term Safe Place location for Youth.
Family Action Program
If you are a youth who is struggling with bulling at schools, issues at home, are considering running away or suicide call us to the 352- 244- 0618 and ask about our Family Action Program. This is a non-residential counseling program for Free for youth ages 6-17.
When teens find themselves in crisis or need a place to stay, they should know how and where to get help. CDS sponsors the Safe Place program, as a community initiative, the program designates Safe Place locations.Text the word "SAFE" and your current location to 44357 for immediate help.
National Runaway Safeline
By calling 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929), you can connect with a trusted, compassionate person who will listen and help you create a plan to address your concerns.
Alachua County Crisis Center
Offers 24 hr/day crisis and suicide intervention phone counseling to all residents of Alachua County.
National Suicide Hotline
Nacional de Prevencion del Suicidio:
Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education and information to millions of people worldwide.
Childhelp National Child Abuse
The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline is dedicated to the prevention of child abuse. Serving the U.S. and Canada, the hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with professional crisis counselors who—through interpreters—provide assistance in over 170 languages. The hotline offers crisis intervention, information and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service and support resources. All calls are confidential.
Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) young people under age 25.
Love is respect – A project of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, love is respect offers 24/7 information, support and advocacy to young people between the ages of 13 and 26 who have questions or concerns about their romantic relationships.
Text: LOVEIS to 22522
National Human Trafficking Hotline
The National Human Trafficking Hotline connects victims and survivors of sex and labor trafficking with services and supports to get help and stay safe. The Hotline also receives tips about potential situations of sex and labor trafficking and facilitates reporting that information to the appropriate authorities in certain cases. The toll-free phone and SMS text lines and live online chat function are available 24/7. Help is available in English or Spanish, or in more than 200 additional languages through an on-call interpreter.