Runaway & Homeless Services

Runaway Youth

As of January 1, 2009, the Wayne County Department of Aging and Youth is providing services to runaway youth. A runaway youth is defined as a youth between the ages of 12 to 17 that refuses to stay at home for a variety of reasons. Services that are provided include:

  • Advocacy
  • Case management
  • Educational support
  • Family mediation
  • Resource referral information

If you are a runaway or you are a person who would like to help a runaway please call our office Monday-Friday between 8am-4:30pm at (315) 946-5624 for assistance. 

After hours please call (800) 456-1172

For further information about the Wayne County Runaway Program please contact Kelly Beaudette, Deputy Director for Youth. You can also call toll-free at 800-216-5693

Homeless Program

Department of Youth provides short-term crisis management to assist youth in obtaining:

  • Clothing
  • Counseling
  • Crisis intervention
  • Food
  • Independent living skills
  • Shelter
  • Substance abuse prevention

A homeless youth is defined as a person under the age of twenty-one who is in need of services and is without a stable and appropriate shelter where supervision and care are available.

1519 Nye Rd Suite 300
Lyons, NY 14489
Phone: 315-946-5624

Office of Children and Family Services Rules and Responsibilities of Coordinator

National Runaway Safeline:

Call 24/7 (800) Runaway or you can go to this website
National runaway Safeline website offers 24/7 crisis connection via:

  • phone
  • live chat
  • email
  • forum
  • text