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Thursday, August 25, 2011

FBI Launches Missing Child App For Parents

The FBI has created it’s first-ever app for parents.  KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid said it’s a very basic program in the event a child goes missing.

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You simply take a photo of your child and type in personal identifying information.  “You know, their gender, height, weight and any characteristics such as moles, scars anything like that and it stays on your phone.  It doesn’t go anywhere,” said Magid. In the unlikely event a child goes missing, Magid explains parents can easily send the app info to the FBI.

While the FBI app is a step in the right direction to protect kids in the horrific event a child does go missing, Child Quest International's (CQI) Child Safety Instructor, Anthony Gonzalez, cautions parents to "be careful not to get a false sense of security because you can only use the app after a child goes missing".  CQI strongly encourages prevention education as the foundation for your child's safety.  

You can hear Larry Magid Tech Report Monday through Friday at 3:50pm on KCBS All News 740AM and 106.9FM.

[Source: KCBS/KPIX]

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Back To School Safety & Abduction Prevention

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It's that time of year again... Time for kids of all ages to go back to school and learn lots of new, wonderful, and exciting things. At Child Quest, safety is always the first thing on our back to school checklist and should be on yours too. "Milk Cartons: The Way Back Home" is just one of the many educational resources we have avaliable to you to keep your kids safer during the school year... and everyday year round.
 
Child Quest’s highly acclaimed, multi-award-winning educational video, "Milk Cartons: The Way Back Home", was created to help children understand what they can do to prevent child abduction. Written by a San Jose Police Officer, Frank Swaringen, after interviewing sexual predators and child kidnappers about their luring methods, this video has been credited with preventing several abductions.

"Milk Cartons" is designed to keep children’s interest while teaching them valuable skills. Through an engaging story line, live action, exciting animation and special effects, children learn what they can do to keep themselves safe in a non-frightening manner.

The 28 minute video tells the story of Kevin, a young boy who has a day he'll never forget. A haunting stranger enters his life just before a class discussion on stranger abduction...a discussion he sleeps through. During his dream, the stranger, the school janitor, and the police officer leading the class discussion teach him some valuable lessons on how to stay safe. Animation, special effects, and live action all come together to bring the lessons home.

A guide for educators and parents is included with each video to help open the way for ongoing discussions with children about their safety.

Get a copy for your school or family today! 

Don't forget about FREE safety tips

Friday, August 12, 2011

What Should You Do If You See A Child Who Appears To Be Lost?


The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) and Child Quest International® (CQI)encourage people to be alert and report suspicious situations regarding missing children and children who appear to be lost.

Prevention education programs teach children to seek the assistance of adults who may be sources of help if they become lost. NCMEC and CQI encourage children to ask for help from adults such as uniformed law-enforcement, security officers and business/store personnel wearing nametags.

But what should YOU do when you see a child who appears to be lost? The steps noted below are ways you can provide assistance to a lost child.
  1. Get involved if you see a child who appears to be lost.
  2. Comfort the child but avoid physically touching him or her.
  3. Ask the child if he or she is lost or knows the location of his or her parent/guardian.
  4. Refrain from requesting too much personal information since children are taught not to give out this information to people they do not know.
  5. Contact law-enforcement authorities to report the incident.
  6. Ask other adults in the area for assistance in reporting the incident to a person in a position of authority in the area while waiting for law enforcement’s arrival.
  7. Remain in the immediate location, and do not take the child elsewhere. Do not place the child in your vehicle and drive to a different location to seek help.
  8. Wait with the child until help arrives.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

National Missing and Unidentified Persons System: CQI Selected As Victim Advocate


Although electronic data systems exist for information about missing and unidentified deceased persons, there are many such databases and federally operated ones such as the National Crime Information Center that are not readily accessible to, or searchable by persons such as medical examiners, coroners, and other members of the public who need the information.  The establishment of the web-based, public accessible National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (namus.gov) for both unidentified deceased persons (UID) and assumed alive missing persons (MP) has established, for the first time, a “One-Stop” data-system for all “participants” in the investigation of missing and unidentified deceased persons.  Wide-spread use of this system could facilitate the location of missing persons who have died and the identification of deceased persons whose names and identities are unknown.


Child Quest International Director of Programs & Outreach, Anthony Gonzalez, has been nominated and selected to attend the NamUs Training Academy being held August 21-24, 2011 in Los Angeles, CA.  With almost seven years experience working with missing children and left-behind families, Anthony expressed his delight to be selected as the Victim Advocate Representative for NamUs.  "It's an honor to be the victim advocate for the missing and unidentified. With the NamUs database, we are going to be able to help a lot of families who are looking for answers," said Anthony.  

The victim advocate representative must be a member of at least one of the “recognized” not-for-profit state or national missing person’s organizations (e.g., DOE Network, NCMEC, etc.).  Individuals are chosen based on a proven track-record of professional conduct while working with the many “participants” in the investigation, location, and identification of missing persons.  As the victim advocate, Anthony's primary responsibilities will be to support NamUs by:

          - performing basic case clean-up in UID Crosswalk
          - verifying cases awaiting publication to NamUs
          - serving as a NamUs resource for victim families
          - serving as a NamUs resource for other advocate agencies within state jurisdiction
          - presenting at state and local missing persons conferences

The ultimate goals of a program like this is promoting and facilitating of consistent data collection and sharing protocols along with an understanding of the potential benefits associated with solving missing and unidentified person’s cases nationally. 

Child Quest International is proud to support this ongoing goal.

More information on NamUs:

The Unidentified Persons Database contains information entered by medical examiners and coroners. Unidentified persons are people who have died and whose bodies have not been identified. Anyone can search this database using characteristics such as sex, race, distinct body features and even dental information.

The Missing Persons Database contains information about missing persons that can be entered by anyone; before it appears as a case on NamUs, the information is verified. NamUs provides the ability to print missing persons posters and even map out possible travel routes in a search for a missing person. Other resources include links to state clearinghouses, medical examiner and coroner offices, law enforcement agencies, victim assistance groups and pertinent legislation.
When a new missing persons or unidentified decedent case is entered into NamUs, the system automatically performs cross-matching comparisons between the databases, searching for matches or similarities between cases.

NamUs also provides free DNA testing and other forensic services, such as anthropology and odontology assistance.

[Source: www.namus.gov]

Monday, August 8, 2011

FREE. PRINTABLE. SAFETY TIPS 4 KIDS


FREE Back-to-School Safety Tips for elementary age children.  Click on safety tips above to get downloadable/printable version for free.  Safety tips for the entire family avaliable at http://www.childquest.org/cqsafetytips.php

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Missing Children Project: Working To Bring Missing Children Home

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TSM Advertising "Missing Children Project" works with Child Quest International (CQI) to locate missing children by showing their images on commercial screens. TSM and CQI have also developed a series of radio commercials designed to drive parents to the CQI website where they’ll find valuable information about keeping their children safe from abduction.

The objective of TSM’s and CQI's missing children TV project is to locate missing children by showing their images on commercial screens throughout the United States, thus providing thousands of people with the information necessary to help Child Quest International bring missing children home.

Law enforcement officials identified pictures as the single most important tool in the search for a missing child. One out of six children featured in photo campaigns is found as a direct result of the photo. The public plays a tremendously important role in the search for missing children, and photographs are the critical link between the public and law enforcement.

As part of this program, TSM and CQI will create partnerships with the business community allowing missing children’s images to be shown on commercial screens. Thus, developing an awareness program designed to deliver those images and vital information about missing children to the general public during commercial advertising time periods. The video commercial announcements may be shown during specific television programming (i.e. CNN Headline News), on retail screens in various locations (i.e. restaurants, supermarkets and malls), in movie theaters, at sporting events and so forth.

To find out more about missing children and child safety, please visit the CQI website at http://www.childquest.org/

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

NNO 2011: Photos



Our fearless leader jumps right in to help fingerprint kids and hand out safety information (in Spanish & English) to families at National Night Out 2011.  Child Quest International Executive Director, Marcia Slacke, was among a number of community leaders at the Target sponsored National Night Out event in San Jose, CA (Story & King).  Child Quest would like to thank our volunteers Lari, Jose, & Binh for their assistance in Keeping Hope Alive and keeping kids safe.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

National Night Out 2011



The 28th annual NATIONAL NIGHT OUT (NNO) is tonight and Child Quest International (CQI) is participating with the San Jose Strong Neighborhoods event sponsored by Target & NATW.  The event is being held at the Target on Story Road (1750 Story Road, San Jose, CA 95122)

The 28th Annual National Night Out, a unique safety and community program sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW), is designed to: 

• Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness;

• Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs;

• Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and

• Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

***Child Quest International purpose: to keep kids safe and spread awareness about those still missing.

Together with the San Jose community & Strong Neighborhoods Initiative, CQI will be providing FREE CHILD I.D. KITS & SAFETY TIPS in both Spanish & English. Please come join us as we work together to keep kids and the community safer with crime prevention at National Night Out 2011.

Many thanks to Target for their support in bringing this to the community.  Child Quest would also like to thank our volunteers that are helping us tonight. We couldn’t do this without you!

Print FREE child safety tips from our website to distribute at your National Night Out event!