ERIC Number: ED480613
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Apr-29
Missing, Exploited and Runaway Youth: Strengthening the System. Hearing before the Subcommittee on Select Education of the Committee on Education and the Workforce. House of Representatives, One Hundred Eighth Congress, First Session.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
These hearings transcripts compile testimony regarding how programs authorized by the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act and the Missing Children's Assistance Act currently operate, in preparation for upcoming reauthorization. Opening statements by U.S. Representatives Peter Hoekstra (Michigan) and Ruben Hinojosa (Texas) underscore the obligation to protect runaway and homeless youth and provide assistance to families and law enforcement agencies in locating and recovering missing and exploited children. Testimony offered by the President of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children updated the Center's activities relevant to the mandates of the Missing Children's Assistance Act of 1984 and shared recommendations for the reauthorization, focusing on additions to its originally-mandated activities such as handling Internet child pornography and international child abduction cases, and the importance of the private sector in their work. The Managing Director of the Latin American Youth Center provided information on services to homeless Latino youth in the District of Columbia, highlighting the need for bilingual staff and making recommendations for program improvement. A formerly homeless youth who is currently working toward independent living and a college degree offered testimony on his experiences living on the street in the District of Columbia and explained how Covenant House had helped him. Questions for witnesses related to recruiting bilingual professionals, how diverse activities are coordinated, waiting lists for homeless services, the need for additional funding, the involvement of law enforcement and its interaction with social service providers, and the problem of the vast majority of runaways having no one looking for them. The transcripts' seven appendices contain written statements from witnesses and others and the findings of a statewide survey of homeless youth in Minnesota. (KB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, At Risk Persons, Child Welfare, Children, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Hearings, Homeless People, Homeless Shelters, Law Enforcement, Missing Children, Program Implementation, Runaways, Social Services, State Surveys, Youth Problems
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Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota