Runaway, Homeless and Missing Youth in Delaware: Incidence, Reporting, and Services
Center for Applied Demography & Survey Research
The survey respondents indicated that within the twelve month period prior to the survey (October 15, 1984 .to October 15, 1985) a minimum of 1,812 youth were suspected of being runaways. Of this number, over 1,467 (81%) were thought to be involved in multiple episodes. Thus, it appears that a large portion of the total suspected population may be experiencing personal or parental problems (or both) sufficiently serious to view the problem as more than just a temporary emotional reaction to a given situation.
Suspected runaway, homeless and missing youth, Factors contributing to the problems, Service needs and service delivery problems