Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Missing Children Helpful Agencies


I've mentioned this in the past - our granddaughter is a missing child. May 25th is National Missing Children's Day and I wanted to post some very helpful agencies you may not be aware of. These agencies have posters of missing children, resources for families and poster generators for families.

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

"This year the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children celebrates its 25th anniversary. It is the leading nonprofit organization dealing with the issues of missing and sexually exploited children. NCMEC has played a role in the recovery of more than 138,500 children. Today more children come home safely than ever before. In 2008, NCMEC helped recover more children than any other year in the organization’s 25-year history, raising the recovery rate from 62% in 1990 to 97% today. And more of those who prey upon children are being identified and prosecuted. Yet too many children are still missing and too many children are still the victims of sexual exploitation. There is much more that needs to be done."

Project Jason.org
Project Jason Mission Statement:
"Our mission as a non profit organization is to create and increase public awareness of missing people through a variety of outreach and educational activities. Project Jason seeks to bring hope and assistance to families of the missing by providing resources and support."

The cause of finding the missing sometimes seems to fall between the cracks of society's sidewalk. Having a family member or close friend inexplicably disappear does not happen to everyone, yet it happens more often than you would think. There are no boundaries of age or circumstance to prevent any family from suffering this fate. We never dreamed that we would become such a family, but here we are.

In the US, there are over 97,000 active missing persons cases altogether. All of their families deserve help in facing the tragedy of a loved one's disappearance. With your assistance, Project Jason can play an active role in providing them with comfort, assistance and resources while educating the public and increasing awareness of missing persons cases. Take a moment and try to put yourself in the place of these families. Please open your hearts to help us help them. Thank you for your support and generosity.

BeyondMissing.org
BeyondMissing is dedicated to protecting America's children. We are a nonprofit public benefit corporation, 501 (c) (3), incorporated in the state of California on March 22, 2001.

BeyondMissing was founded by Marc Klaas on June 8, 2001. Marc Klaas began to pursue an aggressive child safety agenda for the nation's children following the kidnap and murder of his twelve year old daughter Polly. Mr. Klaas provides the vision and the day to day leadership for our organization.

The BeyondMissing on-line tools:

allow Registered law enforcement agencies to immediately construct and distribute graphic/text Amber Alert flyers via email, fax and text messaging to pre-populated database of agencies within a 200 mile radial area of the abduction. (Registered users of BeyondMissing will be responsible for following Amber Alert protocols established within their agency, region or state when distributing an Amber Alert flyer.)
allow Registered law enforcement agencies to create and distribute English/Spanish language Abduction Alert or Missing Child Alert flyers via email, fax and SMS text messaging to BeyondMissing's pre-populated database of law enforcement agencies and media up to a 200 mile radius from the point of abduction. Additional "targeted" distributions can also be made.
allow parents to create a Missing Child flyer in English/Spanish of their missing child.

Mission: To aid in the recovery of abducted and missing children by providing high speed, cost effective communication tools to law enforcement and the communities they serve. Our only priority is missing children.

National Missing and Unidentified Persons Database
This site provides an opportunity for families, law enforcement agencies and investigators to search nationwide for missing persons using a variety of powerful search features. Anyone may search the database, but by registering in the system both law enforcement professionals and the general public will also be able to:

Add new missing persons cases
Add physical and circumstantial details, photographs, dental contacts and other critical pieces of information to a case
Create and print missing persons posters
Track multiple cases as information is added to the system

With your help, we can increase the number of missing persons cases solved each year providing closure for families and law enforcement officials nationwide.

This site is part of NamUs, the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System. In the near future, this database will be linked to search for matches against the Unidentified Decedent Database.

You would think every law enforcement agency would use all resources available to them. I recently found out The City of Cleveland Police Department does not utilize BeyondMissing.org and I opened a case on the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System. Neither the Cleveland Police nor the FBI had her listed here.
I'm wondering why not?

1 comment:

Debra J.M. Smith said...

LostNMissing, ran by a gal who makes banners for the Lost and Missing, has been entered into a contest on Twitter.

If she ends up in the final twenty, she will have a huge spotlight put on her work that highlights the Lost and Missing.

I run www.InformingChristians.com and was contacted by one of her people.

The Twitter page keeps giving people a hard time opening and a lot of people give up trying to vote. As a result, all the pretty girls that are in it just for fame are winning. Some already famous people are in the contest too, like Oprah.

People can vote twice an hour, and the contest ends, June 8, 2009.

Information can be found on a page of mine:
http://debrajmsmith.com/060309HL.html

Thanks for any help,
Debra J.M. Smith
of
www.InformingChristians.com