On any given day in the United States over 500,000 youth live away from home, separated from their families and communities. They are the youth with the most complex needs who cannot get the services they need in their home environments without support, and who systems send away from their homes in an attempt to meet those needs.
Thousands more at-risk youth live at home, but in unsafe communities, where gun violence turns whole neighborhoods into war zones. Many of the youth we want to bring safely home will return to these communities. Consequently, we are also invested in making communities safer, so youth can return or remain, safely home.
The kids at the heart of the Safely Home Campaign are likely to have been through multiple agencies where their needs were not met, they were rejected for services due to the complexity of their needs or people gave up on them.