By Cameron Hawkins
The Reno-Tahoe International Airport announced this week that it has been deemed a “safe place” by The Children’s Cabinet.
The Children’s Cabinet will help the airport in handling youth who are running away from an abusive household or a human trafficker.
The airport will train its employees about human trafficking, and a Safe Place logo will now be shown throughout the airport so children can find help and safety from employees.
“At The Children’s Cabinet, we aim to keep all children safe, and through Safe Place, provide immediate and accessible resources and support if they need help,” said Kim Young, The Children’s Cabinet executive director. “We believe Reno-Tahoe International Airport is a critical safety site in our list of local partner locations for children in crisis or dangerous situations.”
The Children’s Cabinet provide a toll-free number that youth can call or text 24 hours a day if they feel their safety is threatened at home, school, or in the community.
A case manager will respond immediately whether it be day or night where they can meet with the teen directly, provide shelter if needed, and assist with family counseling and case management.
Safe Place is a national youth outreach and prevention program for young people under the age of 18 (up to 21 years of age in some communities) in need of immediate help and safety. In the local community, there are over 65 local businesses that are a part of the Safe Place program and still growing.
Dial 1-800-536-4588 or TEXT “SAFE” and current location to 4HELP (44357) to access a Children’s Cabinet Case Manager and a safe place.
SOURCE: Reno-Tahoe International Airport
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