Two of eight children who ran from Trumbull Children Services facility remain missing


Staff report

WARREN

All but two of the juveniles who ran away from their residence at Trumbull County Children Services on Monday night had either returned or been returned by family members as of Wednesday at 2 p.m., Tim Schaffner, Children Services executive director, said.

The juveniles left the residential treatment center about 7:15 p.m. Monday after one of them pulled the fire alarm, which allowed the locked doors of the facility to open, according to a Warren police report.

The facility, which is on Reeves Road Northeast, reported eight of the youths who left – two males and six females – were still missing as of about 8:35 p.m. Monday.

A second police report said one girl had run away from the facility Monday, returned, then pulled the fire alarm. The report said charges would be filed against her.

Schaffner said none of the children who left is considered dangerous to themselves or others because that type of child is not eligible to stay in the CSB residential treatment center.

He added the facility is not allowed to stop children from leaving the facility unless they are a danger to themselves or others.

Schaffner said Trumbull is one of only a few counties that operates a residential treatment center. An advantage of having such facilities is that children are kept closer to their families and community teams, resulting in shorter time away from their home.

The disadvantage is that youths remain in close proximity to negative influences and results in more runaways, Schaffner said.

The holidays and summers are especially difficult for such children and lead to spikes in runaways, Schaffner added.

Lack of foster homes that will accept teenagers sometimes can also extend the amount of time a child spends in the center, he said.

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