"...A child goes missing every 40 seconds in the U.S., over 2,100 per day."That's according to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Sadly enough, that number doesn't include the estimated 500,000 that are never even reported.
The media is saturated with headline grabbers. In Florida, three year old Caylee Anthony was murdered and her young mother stands accused. In Stockton, CA four people are accused of imprisoning and torturing a teen group-home runaway. His story made the news when he escaped his captors by forcing his emaciated and battered body over the backyard wall to safety. The three foot long chain used to detain him inside the home's fireplace was still attached to his ankle. And now the tragic end to the search for Sandra Cantu in Tracy, CA which gives rise to the beginning of the prosecution of Melissa Huckaby, the woman accused of her kidnapping, rape and murder. And there are hundreds of thousands of cases that never see the light of the front page. Their stories never make it beyond their communities; sometimes not even that far.
A long-time champion in the fight for missing and exploited children is the Polly Klaas Foundation. Check out their site today to order your free Child Safety Kit. The kit includes a parental guide with no-scare methods for teaching your children about safety, along with fingerprint/DNA documents. While you're there, take action and sign up as a Rapid Response eVolunteer.