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  • Checklist for the First 24 Hours Your Child is Missing

    Checklist: What You Should Do When Your Child Is First Missing The first 48 hours following the disappearance of a child are the most critical in terms of finding and returning that child safelyMore >>
  • Checklist for the Second 24 Hours Your Child is Missing

    Talk with your law enforcement investigator about the steps that are being taken to find your child. If your law enforcement investigator does not have a copy of Missing and Abducted Children: A Law EnforcementMore >>
  • The Search: Key Points

    1. The actions of parents and of law enforcement in the first 48 hours are critical to the safe recovery of a missing child, but the rawness of emotion can seriously hinder the ability of parents to More >>
  • Gathering Evidence

    One of the most critical aspects in the search for a missing child is the gathering of evidence that may hold clues about a child's disappearance or whereabouts. The mishandling of evidence can adverselyMore >>
  • Working with Law Enforcement: Key Points

    1. You and law enforcement are partners in pursuit of a common goal -- finding your lost or abducted child -- and as partners, you need to establish a relationship that is based on mutual respect, trust,More >>
  • Ideas for Public Awareness Events

    Media attention generates leads and keeps your story in front of the public. The following ideas are also excellent ways to involve volunteers in the search campaign. Appear on radio and television programsMore >>
  • Working with the Media

    Setting Ground Rules In the very beginning, media interest is likely to be both intense and intimidating. Therefore, it's important for you to establish ground rules as to where and how often you or More >>
  • Checklist for Conducting Interviews with the Media

    The most successful media interviews happen because of advance planning. If you know beforehand what points you want to get across, you are more likely to have a positive experience with the media. TheMore >>
  • Distributing Fliers and Other Information

    1. During the first 48 hours, it is critical that recent pictures of your child, descriptions of physical traits and personality characteristics, and facts pertinent to the disappearance be given to More >>
  • Working with Volunteers: Key Points and Activities

    1. Volunteers are essential to the search process. They can and will play a variety of roles in the effort to find your child. 2. The role of the volunteer coordinator is not to handle volunteer activitiesMore >>
  • Rewards and Donations

    1. Most parents will want to put up a reward in an effort to turn over every stone in the search for their missing child, even though it is not known whether rewards actually help in cases involving More >>
  • Personal and Family Considerations: Key Points

    1. Force yourself to eat, sleep, and exercise. Realize that your ability to be strong and to help in the search for your child requires that you attend to your own physical and emotional needs. If youMore >>

Even though your world has stopped, the rest of the world marches on. If you work outside the home, your boss may be understanding at first, but may tell you later that you will be replaced if your child is not found quickly. If you are in business for yourself, you will have to balance your need to participate in the search with your need to make decisions about your company. At some point, you will have to deal with the bills that come in and perhaps other financial concerns as well, even if it's to buy yourself more time.

Extended Leave. If you need an extended leave from work, ask a family member or friend to talk to your employer on your behalf. For example, some employers allow employees to donate their excess leave time to those who need it.

Extensions on Bills. Talk to mortgage companies, utility companies, and other creditors to see if you can get extensions on your bills.

Rebudgeting. Ask a friend or an accountant to help you rebudget your finances or refinance your house.

Financial Assistance. Call your State missing children's clearinghouse to find out if they know of local resources, such as social services or emergency or other financial assistance funds, that might be able to provide short- or long-term support for you. In Alabama, the number is (800)228-7688 .

Victim Compensation Funds. Call the Office for Victims of Crime to find out about victim's compensation funds. Such funds may cover lost wages and other crime-related expenses. In Alabama that number is (800)626-7676.  The Alabama Attorney General's Office also has a list of local victim services officers which may be able to help.  Check here for a complete list.

 

Source:  Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Report:  When Your Child is Missing

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