First and foremost, you need to consider the safety and health of YOUR family before agreeing that another child stay in your home. Can you call the child’s parents to establish an arrangement, ensuring that the stay is temporary and that there is a plan of help in place? You might consider establishing a contingency that the friend can stay under the condition they actively seek help. Call us at 1-855-201-2121 to help support you in making a plan. If the child has runaway, you can also call the National Runaway Switchboard www.1800runaway.org at 1-800-RUN-AWAY (1-800-786-2929).