Alone Without A Home
A State-by-State Review of Laws Affecting Unaccompanied Youth
The legal rights and responsibilities of unaccompanied youth
vary state-by-state. Despite the fact
that they are living apart from their parents or guardians, youth that are
legally minor lack the legal status to live independently.
Alone Without a Home
provides summaries, legal citations, and analyses of laws affecting unaccompanied
youth in the United States
and six territories (American Samoa,
District of Columbia, Guam,
Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico,
and the Virgin Islands).
More specifically, this publication covers many of the
issues facing unaccompanied youth:
in need of services;
offenses, including running away, truancy, and curfews;
right to contract;
and consequences of harboring runaway youth; and
and shelter responsibilities and resources.