When Your Child Is Missing: A Family Survival Guide, Fifth Edition

This guide was first produced in 1998 and aims to assist families when their child goes missing. Each edition of the guide features parents who have experienced firsthand both the anguish and hope of finding their missing child. The fifth edition of When Your Child Is Missing: A Family Survival Guide is a resource to help families identify, prioritize, and take actions that can assist law enforcement efforts to locate their children and return them home safely. The guide opens with a letter from eight parents who helped to develop and write the resource, drawing on their own experiences with a child’s disappearance and the steps that helped them survive “life at its darkest point.” The seven-chapter resource includes checklists of critical information families should provide to law enforcement officers, the media, and search and rescue professionals, and suggests steps for maintaining their own emotional, physical, and financial well-being. It defines terminology related to cases involving missing children. The final chapter includes contact information for federal, state, Tribal, local, and nonprofit entities that work with and support families with missing children and the law enforcement agencies working their cases. 


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