Missing and Runaways

National Runaway Safeline – Volunteer organization which provides confidential help to runaways and their families, as well as information and educational services.

National Center for Missing and Exploited Kids – This non-profit U.S. agency employs state-of-the-art technology to locate missing children and teenagers.

Team Hope – provides one-on-one support to parents of missing children through a volunteer network of parents who have survived the experience. The website also offers a wealth of information on abduction, runaways, Internet enticement, etc.


Information & Statistics

When Your Child Is Missing: A Family Survival Guide – Informative and sensitive site for parents written (with assistance from law enforcement and youth service professionals) by parents who have experienced the trauma of a missing child.

Covenant House – Crisis Care for Homeless and At-Risk Kids



National Runaway Switchboard – phone 1-800-621-4003 

Child Find of America, Inc. (New York)- phone 1-800-a-way-out 

National Missing Children’s Locate Center (Oregon)-phone 1-800-999-7846         

For runaway hotlines in specific areas of the U.S., check the “Human Services” section of the local phone directory.


Travel & Communication Services

“Home Free” Bus Service – Greyhound Lines, in conjunction with the National Runaway Switchboard, will provide free one way transportation for runaway children returning home through its “Home Free” program.


Prevention & Intervention

Understanding and Preventing Teenage Runaways – advice a clinical psychologist.

The Runaway Game – “Choose-your-own-adventure” style hypertext novel with 20 different endings designed to help teenagers understand the realities of life as a runaway. At the end of each chapter, readers make choices which lead to different scenarios.

We are here to listen and connect you with Catholic resources and opportunities throughout the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

Craig Gould
Director of the Division for Youth and Young Adult Ministries
Phone: 410-547-5555
Fax: 410-625-8481

Sarah Jarzembowski
Coordinator for College Campus and Young Adult Ministries
Phone: 410-541-5318
Fax: 410-625-8481