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NCJ Number: 127604 Find in a Library
Title: Reaching out to High-Risk Adolescents (From Courage to Care: Responding to the Crisis of Children with AIDS, P 159-170, 1990, Gary Anderson, ed. -- See NCJ-127599)
Author(s): O C Hernandez; S E Torkelsen
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: Child Welfare League of America, Inc.
Arlington, VA 22202-4801
Sale Source: Child Welfare League of America, Inc.
2345 Crystal Drive
Suite 250
Arlington, VA 22202-4801
United States of America
Type: Program Description (Model)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Covenant House in New York City opened a residential treatment program for runaway and homeless adolescents with AIDS in late 1988. AIDS has a disproportionate effect on homeless youth who engage in behaviors putting them at high risk of infection.
Abstract: These high risk behaviors are precipitated by a cycle resulting from no home, no work, and no family support and consisting of drug abuse and risky sexual behaviors. Covenant House planned a holistic program addressing the social, psychological, spiritual, and medical needs of adolescents with HIV infection. A new facility was constructed, and members of a multi-disciplinary staff recruited. The special-needs program provides medical care to arrest or slow the disease process, psychosocial and life management skills to foster a healthier lifestyle and modify high risk behaviors, and spiritual support to help cope with issues of death and dying.
Main Term(s): Adolescents with AIDS; Juvenile residential treatment centers
Index Term(s): Homeless children; New York; Runaways
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