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Chapter 11: Runaway



Related Topics: Counseling: Individual, Group and Family | Shelters


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Sometimes things are so bad that running from the situation seems to be the only solution. Running doesn't solve any problems--it creates more If you or someone you know is a runaway, consider contacting one of the following.




Baltimore County Police Dept - Community Resources Section - Counseling Team
700 E. Joppa Road
Towson, MD 21286
Provides individual, group and crisis counseling and assessment intervention for returned runaway and ungovernable/incorrigible youth (up to age 18) and their families. Services available by referral from the County Police, the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, or to those who seek services on their own.


Fellowship of Lights (FOL) - Youth and Community Services
1101 St. Paul Street, Suite 111
Baltimore, MD 21202
Emergency shelter and supportive services for homeless, abused and runaway youth ages 12-17.


First Step
Individual, group and family counseling for runaways and teenagers.


  • Cockeysville
    10400 Ridgeland Road
    Cockeysville, MD 21031

  • Reisterstown/Owings Mills
    100 Owings Court, Suite 8
    Reisterstown, MD 21136
    By appointment only.


Maryland Center for Missing and Unidentified Persons
Maryland State Police
1201 Reisterstown Road
Pikesville, MD 21208
Hotline: (1-800-637-5437)
FAX: 410-290-1831;­ E-MAIL:
Acts as a clearinghouse for missing children information. Can assist in the creation and distribution of missing children posters and coordinates national response. Presents seminars for parents and police to address incidents of runaways, stranger or parental abductions.


National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
699 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Hotline: 800-THE-LOST (800-843-5678)
Serves as the national clearinghouse of missing and exploited children; operates 24 hour toll free hotline for reporting leads on missing children; provides assistance to families and law enforcement for missing child cases; provides online location for reporting Internet child sexual exploitation; education and prevention materials provided free of charge.


National Runaway Safeline
3080 North Lincoln Ave
Chicago IL 60657
Hotline: 800-621-4000
TDD: 800-621-0394
Provides confidential crisis intervention and referrals to youth and their families through national and local telephone switchboards, as well as advocacy and informational services on behalf of youth.


Revised: March 7, 2016