It’s something we don’t even want to think about. It’s something that brings on a cold sweat in the middle of the store when your child walks out of sight. It’s the fear that our own children could go missing.
A couple of weeks ago I posted about the national Amber Alert program joining social media on Facebook to help get the word out quickly about missing kiddos. Today, I want to tell you about another organization, a private organization that has helped reunite 800 families with their missing loved ones.
The A Child Is Missing Alert Program is a non-profit organization that assists law enforcement in the early search and recovery of missing children, the elderly (often with Alzheimer’s), college students living on campus and the disabled in the first hours of their search. Let me explain that again, this does not replace law enforcement or the Amber Alert System, it is merely another tool law enforcement officials can use to reunite families. The program has 800+ confirmed safe-assisted recoveries nationwide. When someone goes missing, 1,000 alert calls are placed every 60 seconds in the geographic area that the person was last seen by use of a satellite mapping program and the zip code. The program is offered free to law enforcement nationwide and is available 24/7, 365 days a year.
While the calls automatically go out to local residents and businesses, you can help by adding your unlisted and/or cell phone number to the Alert List, to ensure that you know what’s happening in your community. To sign up go to http://achildismissing.org/sign.asp. Remember, the life that is saved could be your child.
For more information or to donate to this great cause please visit www.achildismissing.org.