In the United States alone one in seven children between the ages of ten and eighteen run away from their homes. With this statistic, one million to three million children are homeless due to being a runaway child. Runaway children are kids that voluntary run away from home late at night without permission for their parents or care giver. The issues that causes a child to runaway is wanting to have the power over doing what they want to do without being told too, being seductive to alcohol or substance abuse, feeling of failure, fear of anger, not a great problem-solver, and does not feel loved by parent or care taker. Runaway children have three abilities on trying to succeed in running away; the ability, the willing and the opportunity, most children who gain all three are usually bold enough to run away and never return.
Usually running away is an either/or kind of solution it is a product of black-and-white thinking. As we watched the film “Imitation of Life” by Douglas Sirk, the character Sahara Jane was considered as a runaway child when she began to grow up and notice that she was mixed with white and black; although, she could not accept that she was black and also how they treated black people back in the 50’s. Sahara Jane felt that white was better; nonetheless, by her mother Annie Johnson was trying to help her understand that it is alright to be black and accepts yourself for who you are that she will love her no matter what the situation was with her being mixed. Douglas message on runaway children was that Sahara Jane wanted to live her life as a white person because of all of the opportunities she had as being white rather than black. Runaway children is truly a big issue in this country today because children want to have the power over their lives to some extent without being over protective by their parents rules; meanwhile, a child will find freedom by running away if that what it takes for