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Friday, June 10, 2011

What To Do If...

…a child is missing.  Call 911 to make a report to your local police department and call the Child Quest toll-free hotline immediately: 1-888-818-HOPE. Gather recent photographs of the child (to make posters) as well as any other identifying documents and information. Notify the child’s relatives, their friend’s parents and the passport office. Call and ask the child’s school, doctor, and bank to flag the child’s records.

…a child reports an attempted stranger abduction.  Obtain any counseling or medical attention needed by the child. Report the attempt to your local police department. Notify local schools and children’s organizations in the community to ensure that they are alerted of a potential danger.

…a child has been abused.  If a child reports abuse, tell the child that he or she did the right thing by telling you. Studies show that children rarely lie about abuse. Tell children you believe them, and let them know it is not their fault. Try to remain outwardly calm. Ask the child to tell you in his or her own words what happened. Try to avoid leading questions like “Did the person touch your private parts?” Instead ask the child to point to where on their body the touch or hurt happened. Tell the child that you are going to report it to some people who know how to help children with problems like this. Call and report the abuse to the National Child Abuse Reporting Line, your local Child Protective Services, and the police department immediately. Get the child any needed medical treatment and counseling.

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