Running Away
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Rick Delaney, Ph.D. explores reasons children run away from caregivers. Five types of runaway behavior are examined: searching for roots, running from rules, running from love and intimacy, wanting to be wanted, and running to street crime. Dr. Delaney discusses warning signs of running away and the development of a safety plan.

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • identify five reasons why foster children might run away
  • list five warning signs of running away
  • describe four ways to help children stay connected to a birth parent
  • identify three components of a safety plan
  • describe five strategies for promoting non-threatening belonging
  • state three ways to replace negative attention-seeking behaviors

I really enjoyed this course. I was confused about why a child who was well taken care of, shown love and affection and had all there needs met had the need to run away. I realize now it's not where they are now but where they have been and all the hurts and disappointments along the way. We can never stop listening and never stop talking to them, and remember that they have not had the benefit of parents who were always there for them, supportive of them, or showered them with unconditional love as our own biological children have. So we need to be patient and love them anyway and hopefully eventually they can come to realize they are loved and wanted, cared for and deserving. Thanks for all you do.
Delores E.

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This course explores five types of running away behavior with children:

  • searching for roots

  • running from rules

  • running from love and intimacy

  • wanting to be wanted

  • running to street crime

2 credit hours,
$10.00 per person