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Family Survival - When Your Child Goes Missing

Family Survival - When Your Child Goes Missing

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Published by: Bren Ryan on Jul 27, 2011
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U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
• you are not alone; families can and do survive • there is no right or wrong way torespond; there is no right or wrong way to feel • hope is essential to your survival •to give your child the best chances of being found, you and law enforcement musttreat one another as partners • base your relationship with law enforcement onmutual respect, trust, and honesty; however, you don’t have to agree on every detail• trust your feelings, instincts, and gut reactions; share them with law enforcementso they can be checked out • don’t be afraid to make suggestions or air differences ofopinion • contact the media immediately; they can be a very effective tool in ask
ing for help • if you are unable to speak alone, select someone to function as yourmedia spokesperson • rememberthat you control the situation, themedia do not control you • you havethe right to say no to an interview• you have the right to refrain fromanswering questions if doing somakes you feel uncomfortable •you have the right to completelygive your side of the story • youhave the right to be treated with dig­nity and respect • let people knowyou love your child and need theirhelp in nding and bringing your childhome • hold a prayer or candlelightvigil • distributing pictures and infor
mation is an essential part of searchand recovery • get as many peopleand organizations as possible todistribute your child’s picture • pluginto NCMEC’s photo distributionservices • place reward posters where those people most likely to have informationcan see them • the many offers of support will carry you through; when people askwhat they can do, try to tell them something specic • don’t be afraid to ask for whatyou need . . . people really do want to help • as long as you have specic tasks forvolunteers to perform, they won’t go away • asking volunteers to help relieves you ofthe burden of trying to do everything yourself, which you cannot • many organizationsare poised to help you nd your missing child • do everything you can to take care ofyourself • it is okay, even necessary, to take a break from the stress for dinner anda walk • don’t blame yourself . . . at any given moment, you are doing the best youpossibly can • you do not have to be an “emotional rock” for extended family • seekpeace and solace for yourself, encourage family members to do the same • a laughcan be as cleansing as a good cry • your child needs you to be strong • bring theneeds of your other children into balance with those of your missing child • don’t letyour loss become a taboo subject • keep a notebook with you to record your thoughtsand review it periodically • keep your focus and exercise caution • never stop looking
When Your
Is Missing:
A Family Survival Guide
National Center for Missing &Exploited Children
699 Prince StreetAlexandria, VA 22314–3175800–THE–LOST
(800–843–5678) (Hotline for theUnited States, Canada, and Mexico),800–826–7653 (TTY), or 703–274–3900703–274–2200 (Fax)Internet: www.missingkids.comCyberTipline: www.cybertipline.com
Branch Offices
California: 714–508–0150Florida: 561–848–1900Kansas City (MO): 816–756–5422New York: 585–242–0900South Carolina: 803–254–2326Texas: 512–465–2156
Child Protection Division
Office of Juvenile Justice and DelinquencyPreventionOffice of Justice ProgramsU.S. Department of Justice810 Seventh Street NW.Washington, DC 20531202–616–3637202–307–2819 (Fax)Internet: www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ojjdp
Office for Victims of Crime
Office of Justice ProgramsU.S. Department of Justice810 Seventh Street NW.Washington, DC 20531202–307–5983202–514–6383 (Fax)Internet: www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc
 Federal Bureau of Investigation
See the front of your local telephone book for thenumber of your local FBI Field Office.
 FBI Headquarters
Special Investigations and Initiatives UnitCrimes Against Children Unit935 Pennsylvania Avenue NW.Washington, DC 20535–0001202–324–3666202–324–2731 (Fax)
Association of Missing and ExploitedChildren’s Organizations, Inc.
Internet: www.amecoinc.org
Contact Organizations
Office of Justice ProgramsInnovation
Safer Neighborhoodswww.ojp.usdoj.gov
When Your
Is Missing:
A Family Survival Guide
 Fourth EditionMay 2010 Jeff Slowikowski, Acting AdministratorOffice of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency PreventionOffice of Justice ProgramsU.S. Department of Justice
NCJ 228735

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