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Missing Children Guide


The fourth edition of When Your Child Is Missing: A Family Survival Guide by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention provides parents with the most current information on and helpful insights into what families should do when a child is missing. It contains what to expect when a child is missing, what needs to be done, and where to go for help.

Written by parents and family members who have experienced the disappearance of a child, the guide explains the role that various agencies and organizations play in the search and discusses some important issues that parents and family members of missing children should consider. Beginning with a checklist summarizing the most critical steps to take when a child first goes missing, the guide continues with seven chapters, each structured to allow readers to find information quickly and easily. Each chapter explains both the short- and long-term issues and contains a checklist and chapter summary for later reference. Some recommended readings and a list of public and private resources appear at the back of the guide.

To obtain a copy of When Your Child Is Missing: A Family Survival Guide (NCJ 228735), access the National Criminal Justice Reference Service's Web site, http://www.ncjrs.gov.

Family Abductions

Authored by survivors of family abduction, Crime of Family Abduction: A Child's and Parent's Perspective by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention furnishes the searching family, law enforcement, and mental health professionals with strategies to build a comprehensive, child-centered approach to recovery and healing. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, as many as 200,000 children are victims of family abduction each year. Although the majority are taken not by a stranger but by a parent or family member, the issue of family abduction remains laden with misconception and myth. Serious missing-child cases that have devastating effects on the child are too often seen as divorce and custody matters, something private that the public and law enforcement should not concern themselves with. The truth is that family abduction can be as physically dangerous and even deadly for the child victims as any other form of child abduction. Most often, however, the worst damage is imperceptible to the eye, occurring deep within the child and leaving traces that may last a lifetime.

Written from the perspective of the child and the searching parent, the publication is designed to help readers understand the unique characteristics of family abduction and the nightmare that these children and parents have experienced. Although the individual circumstances show the multifaceted diversity of family abduction, the one thing they have in common is that they were all missing child cases. The child victims were concealed by their abductor, hidden not just from their searching family, friends, schools, and community but also from the justice and child protection systems.

Misperceptions about family abduction can potentially cause further trauma to the abducted child. These misperceptions also can lead to an increase in the incidence and duration of family abductions.

Readers interested in obtaining this document (NCJ 229933) can visit the National Criminal Justice Reference Service's Web site, http://www.ncjrs.gov.



Table of Contents

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Prisoner Radicalization
By Dennis A. Ballas
Authorities need to be aware of the potential for prisoners to embrace a radical form of Islam.

Increasing Organizational Leadership Through the Police Promotional Process
By Patrick J. Hughes
The promotional process can impact a law enforcement agency's organizational leadership and commitment.

Investigating and Prosecuting Hidden-Compartment Cases
By Todd F. Prough and Robert Veiga
Law enforcement agencies can be successful in these crucial investigations.

Leadership Spotlight
Table Manners

Police Practice
Energy Conservation as a Budget Multiplier

Bulletin Honors
Oregon Fallen Law Enforcement Officers Memorial

Bulletin Reports
Missing Children Guide Family Abductions

Career-Long Vitality and Wellness in the Police Profession

Author Guidelines

The Bulletin Notes

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