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Allen Cardoza – Guest Speaker

Allen Cardoza

Allen Cardoza


Are You A Meeting Planner Who Needs a Dynamic Speaker or Radio Guest with a unique message that touches almost every family in our country? Then, read more about Allen Cardoza, an entertaining and informative speaker with more than 30 years experience dealing with families with teen runaways and youth “at risk”. As host of “Answers for the Family”, a popular national radio show that is broadcast via LA Talk Radio, Allen has interviewed some of the most prestigious industry professionals and authors on a broad range of family-oriented and teen topics.


The number of runaway youths in America has reached staggering proportions and continues to grow. A national incident study authorized by the Department of Justice estimated that over 450,000 teenagers ran away in 1988.

The US Government reports that in 1990 there were approximately 1.3 million runaway and homeless youths on the streets. All indications from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children are that the numbers have been increasing each year since 1988.

2007 statistics show that one in seven kids between the ages of 10 and 18 will run away at some point. And there are 1 million to 3 million runaway and homeless kids living on the streets in the United States.

International studies show that nearly every industrialized country struggles with many of the same issues with runaway teens as that of the United States. How can we reverse this trend?


As a father of a two young boys entering their teen years, Allen believes that we must raise our children from dependency to independence while showing them how to collaborate as a group or family without manipulation. Parents should see assertive challenges to their authority as a signal to improve communication within the family, acknowledge that their teen is attempting to become more independent. Parents can help young people achieve independence by establishing a more collaborative decision-making style.

Getting them off the streets
During Allen’s presentations, he provides amazing insight into the lives adolescents who are already on the streets and appears to be a danger to him or others. He shares with audiences fascinating personal stories regarding the techniques he uses to locating runaways. These investigations are probably as close as one gets to the old “gum shoe” style of pounding the pavement, showing pictures or following those you think will be in contact with the subject, as well as the use of “trap lines” and computer “cookies” that modern technology that help locate where the subject is or where they might be headed.

In most cases, just locating and getting the teen home is not enough. An important part of Allen’s talk includes what happens if parents have their teen brought home without a plan. The fact is that the teen will probably go right back out the window – if not the next night, the next conflict. Parents should have a plan they think will work, and if it doesn’t – depending upon the issues at hand – they should contact a professional.

What to do next?

Allen has 30 plus years in the field dealing with families with teens “at risk”. In the course of his career, he has extensive knowledge regarding a range of specialized resources, programs and facilities that can help parents help their children.

If your goal is to bring a theme and solutions to your audience, Allen Cardoza would be an excellent choice.

To Book Allen for Your Upcoming Event or Radio / TV Show… Contact: Janet Shapan (303) 916.6303 or

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