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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Missing Children's Day 2011

Everywhere, USA & Worldwide: Today marks the 28th National Missing Children’s Day. First proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1983 and observed by every administration since, May 25th is the anniversary of the day in 1979 when 6-year-old Etan Patz disappeared from a New York street corner on his way to school.  Etan’s story captivated the nation.  His photo, taken by his father, a professional photographer was circulated nationwide and appeared in media across the country and around the world.  The powerful image of Etan has come to symbolize the anguish and trauma of thousands of searching families.  The search for Etan continues.  He is still missing. 

Every year in America an estimated 800,000 children are reported missing, more than 2,000 children each day, thankfully the vast majority of them are recovered rather quickly. Unfortunately there are too many who aren't recovered so quickly.  Of that number, 200,000 are abducted by family members, and 58,000 are abducted by non-family members. The primary motive for non-family abductions is sexual. Each year 115 children are the victims of the most serious abductions, taken by non-family members and either murdered, held for ransom, or taken with the intent to keep.

Secretary Clinton Delivers a Message for National Missing Children's Day

Child Quest is proud of our contributions to Missing Children’s Day for the past 21 years, and for our involvement in keeping kids safer the other 364 days of the year since 1990. We would like to take a moment to remember all those who are still missing, honor those work tirelessly to reunite families and help keep kids safer, and remind parents to make time make time to talk to their children about child safety early and often.
Please visit the following links to help find a missing child and to keep your children safer:

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