SH 10: Services for Homeless and Runaway Children and Youth
Shelters that provide services for homeless and runaway children and youth meet the age-specific needs of children and youth.
NA The organization does not provide shelter for homeless and runaway children and youth without their parents
Shelters that serve children and youth without a parent or legal guardian:
- consult with the child protection authority, as appropriate;
- establish the youth’s legal status; and
- obtain authorization to provide care.
Children and youth are informed that their parent or guardian will be notified of their whereabouts, and the shelter documents:
- exceptions for adolescents who are emancipated minors, who have reached the age of majority, who could be endangered as a result of notification, or who will refuse shelter services if notification is required;
- a case supervisor's review prior to notification;
- that youth are informed of the planned notification; and
- that notification occurred within 72 hours or sooner as required by law.
When the shelter serves youth under contract
with the child welfare authority, it coordinates notification of the child’s parent or legal guardian with the authority.
Shelters serving children or homeless and runaway youth, assess the appropriateness of family involvement, and:
- facilitate an active connection between parents, other important persons, and children;
- plan for reconciliation with the family, when possible; and
- provide family support and strengthening services.
The term "school-age children" refers to children and adolescents who are legally required to attend school. COA does not provide specific age limits for this term; however, "school-age" is generally considered to be between 5-17 years old.
Children and youth have sufficient uninterrupted sleep and, when practical, follow their usual and familiar routines for bedtime, bathing, and meals.
The shelter houses no more than 20 children and youth at one location, and in exceptional circumstances, makes necessary physical, administrative, and programmatic accommodations to house additional children on a time-limited basis.
Shelter stays do not exceed 30 days, except in exceptional circumstances.