Runaway, Homeless, and Missing Children Protection Act Law and Legal Definition

Runaway, Homeless, and Missing Children Protection Act is a U.S. Federal law that reauthorizes programs under the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act and the Missing Children’s Assistance Act.

Title I contains amendments to the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA). Main provisions include:

(1) testing for sexually transmitted diseases among the services which local basic centers may provide to homeless and runaway youth;

(2) recognize state law regarding capacity limitations on eligible runaways and homeless youth centers;

(3) include maternity group homes among the types of transitional living youth projects eligible for grants;

(4) provide a limited extension of the 540-day shelter eligibility period for qualified youth;

(5) assure runaway and homeless youth are informed about specified educational opportunities;

(6) develop an adequate plan to ensure the proper referral of homeless youth to social service, law enforcement, educational opportunities, vocational training, welfare, legal service, and health care programs and to help integrate and coordinate such services for such youths;

(7) direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services (the Secretary) to consult the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to ensure coordination of programs and services for homeless youth;

(8) set 18 years as the maximum age limit for youth seeking shelter in RHYA, part A centers;

(9) extend through FY 2008 the authorization of appropriations for RHYA programs;

(10) direct the Secretary to report on strategies for ending youth homelessness;

(11) direct the Secretary to conduct a study of long-term housing strategies for youth after exiting the program under RHYA, part B; and

(12) set forth restrictions for use of funds.

Title II contains amendments to the Missing Children’s Assistance Act (MCAA). It extends through FY 2008 the authorization of appropriations for: (1) an annual grant to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children; and (2) other MCAA programs.