The boy's father, Nicolai Kolding, who provided regular updates on Facebook, expressed gratitude Tuesday to those who helped, and said the family "will rn quiet for a while to focus everything we can give to the long road to recovery.
New Jersey is a member of the Interstate Compact on Juveniles, which establishes guidelines to follow for the return of runaways to their home state. A runaway may voluntarily consent to being returned to his state of residence.
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The process of requisitioning the child's return is coordinated by the courts and Compact Administrators of New Jersey and the other state involved. The agency did not respond to specific questions about Kolding and to other broader questions about the reintegration process.
The National Runaway Safeline is a resource center for runaways and parents. Often a runaway youth who winds up on the street will commit "survival crimes" like stealing food, or get caught up in illegal activity, she said.
Frankel said a youth who has been gone for a few days can experience something horrible while on the run. Support is available back home in the form of family counseling and other services. Runaway Mountain Lakes teen found, unhurt, by shopping plaza in Philadelphia.
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The re-entry process is very different for youths who run away and live on the streets for six months, a year, or longer. Through this support, runaways can get help deciding where to go and how to move forward with their lives, she said.
Isaiah House is an emergency homeless shelter and drop-in center for youth in East Orange. After a placement assessment, the youth is sheltered in one of the Isaiah House facilities aeay 21 days or longer if needed.
Simpson was a teen runaway who couch-surfed on Long Island as a teenager.
He said a positive foster home experience helped him escape an abusive alcoholic father and turn his grades around in school. Simpson said when runaway youths reintegrate they often have to deal with being misunderstood and stereotyped.
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