Pretty sure I already reblogged this but what the hell. Love this campaign.
campaign bringing awareness to homeless youth
I adore this campaign so much.
Okay just going to inform people about being young and homeless for a second
In most states, it is a status offense to run away from home, and in most states your parents can drag you home kicking and screaming.
46% leave because of physical abuse.
17% leave because of sexual abuse.
50% of homeless youth were kicked out, or their parent/guardian didn’t care/try to stop them when they left.
40% of the homeless in America are under 18.
Okay, so obviously in trying to fix homelessness, fixing youth homelessness is very important. But our society is completely restricting of youth being independent. A youth who is unhappy at home has very few options.
A youth is restricted from getting jobs without parental permission (and of course few homeless teens can get that). Without the option of getting a legal job, youth are forced into prostitution (survival sex), drug selling, and theft.
A yout cannot rent an apartment without parental permission.
Most hotels and motels will not let somebody under 18 book a room.
A youth cannot even get medical help without parental permission (even if they could afford it).
To house a homeless youth for more than 24 hours is a felony.
To aid a homeless youth in finding housing (besides a homeless shelter or their parent’s/guardian’s residence) is illegal.
Even shelters place 48 hour restrictions on youth without parental permission.
40% of homeless youth are LGBTQ.
Our misguided belief that these restrictions help youth- that these kids will go home and all will be well- is naive and harmful. It is ridiculous that we place parental rights and our notion that kids shouldn’t leave their parents above youth safety.
Reblogging ESPECIALLY for the commentary.
I also want to note, as someone whose mom specialized in the arena of child abuse and neglect, and who had several of my friends growing up in this position - if your parents are restricting you from seeing a medical professional or mental health professional, please, please, for the love of all that is good, tell an adult in a mandatory-reporting position (teacher, doctor, pastor even).
This is neglect, and your parents can be court-ordered to take you to a doctor or therapist. NO ONE HAS THE RIGHT TO DENY YOU MEDICAL CARE, EVEN IF YOU ARE A MINOR. It does not mean you will be taken away from your parents, it does not mean they will be investigated even depending on what’s going on, but it does mean something can be done. And, hopefully, that adult that you tell will have a word with your parents and they’ll do the right thing before they’re put in that position.
I know it’s not always safe to do that. I know it may seem impossible depending on financial situations. There are lots of reasons it may feel very unsafe to set up an ultimatum. But please, please if you CAN safely take care of yourself, do.