Some California communities have non–profit organizations dedicated to protecting all children from disappearing. To ensure children’s safety typical services include: educating the public and professionals about the serious issue of abducted and runaway children and working to prevent, locate, and recover child victims and reunite them with their families in collaboration with law enforcement, other credible service agencies, and communities at large.
The role and resources available through non-profit organizations can be divided into four main categories–administrative, outreach, casework, and resources coordination. The administrative role could include taks to ensure the effectiveness of all agency programs and activities, presentations and trainings to professionals who come in contact with missing and abducted children, media interviews and appearances, and participation in statewide and national policy development.
Through outreach efforts, non-profits are able to reach out to the community at large, by delivering safety presentations to children, parents, teachers and other school staff, and law enforcement, participating in community safety events such as safety fairs and expos, providing fingerprinting services to children, and generally providing abduction prevention services.
Their casework component could provide specially trained caseworkers who conduct intakes for cases of missing and abducted children and provide area–specific fax dissemination services, active case management, and referral services.
Finally, through resource coordination, non-profits are able to reach further into the community by featuring faces of registered missing children through local venues as a medium by which to get these children into the public domain.Identifying Credible Missing Children NPOs | PDF Missing Children NPO Checklist | PDF