What Do You Do When Your Teenager Runs Away?What should your first step be if your teen runs away? It can be challenging to think clearly, so be sure you’re leaning on your family and friends for support. Follow these guidelines to help:
- Step one should be to contact the police. There is no need to wait 24 hours like many television shows and movies imply.
- Reach out to your family, friends, and others your teen may turn to. Your teen’s friends may know more about your runaway teen than you think.
- Police may search within the immediate area surrounding your home. However, they may be less inclined to do this if your teen has a history of running away.
- Reach out to members of your community via social media channels so that you can spread the word.
- Put up flyers and establish a network of family and friends to help distribute the flyers while also conducting searches of places your teen may go to when they run away.
Why Do Teens Run Away From Home?There is any number of reasons that your teen may run away. That said, some common reasons are seen across the board in teen runaways. Some of these reasons point to there being one or more types of abuse in the time, while others are more about the teen wanting to break free from a restrictive environment. Some of the reasons teens may run away could include the following:
- Running away from an abusive or neglectful home.
- Arguments with parents about boundaries and consequences.
- Running away to be with a romantic partner.
- Substance use and abuse.
- Running away after being rejected when coming out to parents.
- Fleeing home to avoid the consequences of behavior or something parents may be angry about.
- Leaving home to avoid going to school where they may be bullied or face other challenges they can no longer deal with.