Families are the foundation of American society, local communities and healthy youth development. Above all else, we expect adults to protect, nurture and educate all children within the family. We strive to elevate these expectations and promote open, affirming and supportive households throughout the nation. Nevertheless, we acknowledge that abuse, neglect and other forms of family dysfunction may force youth to run away or become ejected from home. Accordingly, we strive to strengthen families as a measure to prevent youth homelessness before it occurs. For those youth who do experience homelessness, the prospect of family reunification should be considered and discussed on a case-by-case basis. This course of action is generally advisable so long as it is safe, situationally appropriate and voluntary. Additionally, we believe that family-focused services and interventions should include whomever youth consider to be family.