Despite the fact that the modern world actively struggles with such a social problem as homelessness, this issue is still topical. The theme of children deprived of their permanent residence is particularly alarming. Guardianship authorities try to find ways to protect young people from leaving their homes. Parents, as a rule, impart to adolescents the value of the family in order to prevent children’s voluntary vagrancy. However, sometimes, homelessness is forced and cannot be controlled by anyone. The impact of such an antisocial lifestyle on children and adolescents is significant since their further adaptation in society is under threat, and health risks arise.
The theme of vagrancy among children and adolescents is raised by sociologists, psychologists, and other researchers in the modern world quite often. All the sorts of resources offer to consider this problem from different points of view, taking into account various factors – housing conditions, relationships with parents and peers, and other aspects. Moreover, discussions are also devoted to the difference between life on the street and in an orphanage. The living conditions of housed low-income children can be quite decrepit, thereby attenuating the contrast between them and children living in shelter.
At the same time, the problem remains topical despite the efforts of social services to reduce the level of homelessness among children. Accordingly, the search for the necessary methods of solution is necessary, and the review of various resources may help to find valuable information on this issue.
According to statistics, the public should be interested in the problem of child homelessness since facts existing are alarming
The theme of child homelessness is relevant for various reasons. Firstly, it has a strong impact on the reputation of the country as a developed and democratic state. Approximately 1.7 million youth are homeless in the United States. This figure may indicate that insufficiently effective work is done to prevent adolescent vagrancy, and social agencies fail to cope with the tasks set. Secondly, such a problem demonstrates that the concept of the family deserves more attention, and this issue should be discussed not only at the local but also at the state level. If the government does not take measures to correct the current situation, the percentage of homeless children may increase, which is unacceptable.
It is also essential to pay attention to the categories of those teenagers who voluntarily choose the life of the homeless. modern children who prefer to wander do not always come from disadvantaged families. The authors argue that the average age of such adolescents was lower earlier, and many of them attended schools, lived in full families, did not use drugs, and were more consistent with the image of ordinary children. This fact makes one think about additional reasons that provoke teenagers’ desire to abandon their families and lead an antisocial way of life. The topic under consideration deserves attention because, in the modern world, homelessness among children and adolescents is an unacceptable phenomenon from the point of view of morality and social values promoted by the state. It is necessary to distinguish runaway and homeless teenagers. For the first category, leaving home is usually the result of impulsive behavior for an external effect. A child knows that his or her family will do everything possible to bring him or her home and achieve reconciliation. As a rule, those adolescents who run away from their homes want to return there. Unlike runaway children, many teenagers become homeless because of the general crisis situation in their families. It is no longer an impulsive reaction to a specific problem but the consequence of pathological relationships. Before becoming homeless, a teenager may live in unbearable conditions and suffer hunger, violence, and cruelty for a long time. Therefore, the participation of guardianship authorities is extremely important in the lives of those children who are at risk.
Based on the information in the materials read, all the conclusions look plausible and logical. modern homelessness among young people is partly a trend and the means of expressing personal freedom seems objective, especially when looking at the statistics. In academic works, various valuable factors accompanying adolescent vagrancy are touched upon, and potential solutions to this problem are available.
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