Work Group 4: Keeping At-Risk Youth Safe

General Target Population: Children in out-of-home care, abused and neglected, runaway, throwaway, and homeless youth, juvenile offenders, disconnected youth.

General Factors Addressed: Child maltreatment, serious family discord, academic failure, delinquency, abandonment, juvenile detention/reentry.

General Focus of Projects: Increasing protection for children and youth in high risk situations or who engage in behavior that places them at increased risk. Efforts may also include a focus on boys, either inclusive of the project or a separate project.

Target Groups:  Girls, boys, and transgender youth who are at a heightened risk of exploitation due to their status as a runaway, throwaway, or homeless youth.

Target Risk Factors Addressed: Addressing the heightened vulnerabilities of runaway, throwaway, or homeless youth.

Description of Project: Creating an informational tool for community-based organizations who may encounter runaway, throwaway, or homeless youth in need of services.