Wisconsin Association for Homeless and Runaway
Why we're here ...
Each year over 26,000 Wisconsin Families are confronted with a profound crisis — the running away of their child. Young people run away from home for a variety of reasons. In most instances, they leave because of a family conflict, typically by lack of communication. Other times, they are forced out of their homes by parents or leave to escape sexual or physical abuse. Returning a youth to this environment without an attempt at resolution can result in more runaway episodes, continuing family conflict, or even more tragic consequences.
With the exception of some special cases, changes in the law have shifted responsibility for relieving this crisis from the juvenile justice system to the individual, family, and voluntary agencies. The Wisconsin Association for Homeless and Runaway Services, formed in 1979, is a coalition of community based, voluntary, non-profit agencies. The Association’s members provide preventive and crisis counseling, temporary shelter, and referral services to these troubled youth. Family counseling is also provided to bring about reconciliation with parents whenever possible. Program services are available on a walk-in basis, as well as through 24 hour crisis hotlines.
The programs present young people with an opportunity to sort out problems and begin building more productive relationships with parents, friends, school, and community.
- To identify, inform, and bring together a broad based constituency interested in improving and supporting services to runaway and homeless youth.
- To monitor and advocate for legislation and regulations that will improve services to runaway and homeless youth.
- To provide mutual support, technical assistance, and information among runaway services and homes for pregnant and parenting teens.
- To secure adequate funding to maintain runaway services and homes for pregnant and parenting teens.
For more information, email: Patricia Balke, Executive Director