The purpose of this study is to explore the antecedents and consequences of running away from substitute care. We use administrative and qualitative data as part of a mixed-method approach to describe the incidence of running away, and the characteristics, risk factors, and experiences of youth who ran away from substitute care in Illinois. No other U.S. study of runaways from substitute care has used both administrative and qualitative data, together, to understand the experiences of runaway youth.
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