Homeless Youths Told to Leave by Parent

More than half of homeless youth become homeless for the first time because they are asked to leave home by a parent or caregiver, and more than half say they have tried to stay at a shelter but it was full, according to a study published April 12 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families (ACF). The first-of-its-kind study, which was conducted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, focused on 873 youth ages 14-21 in 11 cities, said the ACF web site. As part of the study, about 25 percent of youth said they had traded sex with someone for money, 27 percent traded sex for a place to sleep, 18 percent traded sex for food, 12 percent traded sex for protection, and 11 percent traded sex for drugs. Also, 10 percent of the study participants said they had been asked by a “romantic partner” to have sex with someone else in exchange for money.

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