Date of Award

Spring 2011

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work


School of Social Work

First Advisor

Thomas Davis

Second Advisor

Shawn Johnson

Third Advisor

Rosemary McCaslin


There are thousands of children who run away from their homes each year for a variety of reasons. These children involved themselves in risky behaviors to survive while on the streets. This has been an ongoing problem that many have tried to alleviate by providing- different types of resources throughout the United States. However, there is more that could be done to help our youth stay safe. This population should be of great concern to society because they are part of the future.

This study looked into what runaways have to do to survive while on the streets by interviewing them while they seek out shelter at the SafeHouse of the Desert in Thousand Palms and services through their Transitiona1 Living Program. In addition, it also gets their point of view about the type of services that are available and what other services they might need to stay safe but are not currently being offered.

Different services can utilize this study’s information to make their programs more adequate. Furthermore, it will help to understand runaways more and find out how they can be helped so they can stay safe while on the streets.

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