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Photo of parents watching child blow bubblesYou can help children have safe, happy, valuable lives as they make their way in the world. Child and parents in Chongqing, one of the largest cities in China

Covenant House NineLine
460 West 41 Street
New York, NY 10036
Phone: 1-212-613-0300 or 1-
800-999-9999 (24 hrs) 
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.covenanthouse.org
       Referrals for youth and parents with kids that face problems with drugs, homelessness, running away, etc. Message relays to parents available. Takes reports of abuse. If all counselors are busy, stay on line and one will be with you as soon as possible. 
     Offers information on how to help, donate and people who care. -KJG
       Has links for advice on families, relationships, feelings, suicide and more. -DJ

Girls and Boys Town National Hotline
The Village of Boystown
Boystown, Nebraska, 68010
New York Office: 525 Dean St.
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Phone: 1-800-448-3000 (24 hrs) 
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.girlsandboystown.org/home.asp 
       "Provides crisis intervention, info and referrals. Free, confidential. Short-term crisis intervention. Works with children and families. The nonprofit, nonsectarian organization has provided these children with a safe, caring, loving environment where they gain confidence to get better and learn skills to become productive citizens."
       Offers information for parents and kids (teens), professionals and career opportunities. -KJG
       Agree...it does provide training to help hundreds of families and children. -DJ

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It's a good idea to take the time to bond with your children and join them in activities they like doing.

Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse
2277 Research Boulevard
Rockville, MD 20850
1-800-638-8736 (Mon.-Fri, 8:30am-7pm)
E-mail: [email protected]
         Info and referrals to juvenile justice programs and departments of justice.
        Information on conferences for people interested in criminal justice. -KJG
       Also includes internships and a role model program for kids. -DJ

8902 Otis Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46216
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.kidsrights.com    
       Publishes literature and pamphlets on various children's rights issues. 
       Information for professionals working with kids, adolescents and families experiencing crises. -KJG
     There are free helpful "Video Instructor Guides" to assist you in running successful programs. -DJ

Photo of happy children with great smiles

When you give to children, they give back to you: kids in Hong Kong

Kidsave International
2122 P Street, NW
Suite 302
Washington, DC 20037
Phone: 1-202-331-1110 or 1-877-330-1110
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.kidsave.org/
       Info and referrals on public and private services for children and adolescents in crisis. Referrals to shelters, mental health services, sexual abuse treatment, substance abuse, family counseling, residential care, adoption/foster care, etc. 
       Great website. Shows how families are helped with their summer, weekend and other programs. The results are shown through pictures. -DJ

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National Association to Protect Children
46 Haywood Street, Suite 315
Asheville, NC 28801
Phone: 1-828-350-9350
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.protect.org
        "If you're tired of seeing hurt and scared children treated like the least important priority in America, do something about it!  JOIN PROTECT AND START WINNING! We are committed to building a powerful, nonpartisan force for the protection of children from abuse, exploitation and neglect."
       Gives updates and recent political articles about what is happening in many states that especially interferes with children and the law. -DJ

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Teaching children sports is a great way to enhance your relationship with them. It also shows them you care!

National Runaway Switchboard
3080 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
Phone: 1-773-880-9860 or 1-800-621-4000 (24 hrs)
[email protected]
       Suicide and crisis counseling. Info and referrals for shelter, counseling, food pantries, transportation.
        Offers information on how to volunteer. -KJG
       Gives good advice for parents, teachers, and teens. Talks about the millions of teens they've helped and about the millions of dollars they have spent on them. -DJ

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Runaway Hotline
Phone: 1-800-231-6946 (24 hrs) 
    Info and referrals. Can also relay messages to parents. 

Safer Child, Inc.
P.O. Box 48151
Spokane, WA 99228-1151

E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.saferchild.org
       Gives online counseling for parents on how to handle different situations with their children of all ages.
       One of the best websites that has about 62 categories. -DJ

Stand Up For Kids
1510 Front Street, Suite 100
San Diego, California 92101
Phone: 1-800-365-4KID
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.standupforkids.org
        "The mission is to help homeless and street kids...carried out by a national volunteer force whose on-the-streets outreach efforts will find, stabilize and assist homeless and street kids in their efforts to improve their lives. The organization's mission shall also be furthered through deterrence and resource programs provided in schools and via the Internet."
     Has different offices in about 30 states in the USA where one can volunteer and donate. -DJ

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