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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Do Something: National Missing Children's Day

Every year our nation recognizes May 25th as National Missing Children's Day.  On this day, child advocates, law enforcement, community members, and children themselves are recognized for their efforts to help keep children safer every day of the year.  In addition to the awards ceremony, this day is an annual reminder to the parents, guardians, and the nation to renew efforts to reunite missing children with their families and make child protection a national priority.

While this is a very commendable, all we ever really hear about is the ceremony.  Again, the ceremony is a great and positive way to celebrate the many successes in keeping our nation's children safe.  But where is the call for action for communities across the nation?  What is that action?  We can't help but feel that National Missing Children's day should be more than just a ceremony (or a poster contest).  After all, ceremonies don't keep our kids safe.  What keeps our children safe is education and awareness.  It doesn't matter if it is abduction safety or cooking safety, education and awareness are always the foundation for safety.  

Here's what we're getting at, Child Quest would like to ask you to Do Something...  This May 25th, National Missing Children's Day, take the opportunity to talk with your children and family about abduction safety.  It doesn't have to be "intense and scary".  You could do something as simple as getting a Child I.D. Kit for your child on that day, or you could take it a step further and discuss some family guidelines on who are "trusted adults" in your family and/or neighborhood.  You could even play the "What if..." game while out doing family errands.  Talk to your children and see what they know and then gently guide them to success. 

The point is to do something constructive and take advantage of this nationally recognized day to invest in your families safety.  Feel free to visit our website for safety tips and our multi-award winning abduction safety video Milk cartons: The Way Back Home. 

P.S. - We are more than happy provide child safety presentations for schools and community groups in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

1 comment:

  1. I really appreciate your call to action. While honoring people's achievements and all that they have done to help missing children, you are right. "Ceremonies don't keep our kids safe."