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Approx. 115 Kids go missing each
year by "Stereotypical" kidnappings. Approx. 203,900 kids go missing
each year by FAMILY ABDUCTION! And according to the Office of Juvenile Justice
and Delinquency Prevention, approx 1.6 million children run away from home each
year. Of course not all of these runaway children stay on the streets for very
long, but roughly half do! This is a major problem for children, families, and
the community as many run away children turn to drug dealing, prostitution, and
panhandling in order to get by on the streets. While many missing children
agencies do not work runaway cases, CQI is Keeping Hope Alive for ALL missingchildren and is available to assist in the recovery of both abducted and
Our Toll Free reporting hotline number is 1-888-818-HOPE (4673).
a child is abducted, there is a frantic search for their kidnapper. When an
AMBER Alert is launched in California, your eyes and ears can help save that
Steve McCarron takes an exclusive look into who is behind California's AMBER
Alert system, what's being done to improve it and how you can step in when
Victor Perez will never look at the view from his front
porch the same ever again. On October 4, 2010, breaking news was spreading
quickly about the AMBER Alert issued for an 8-year-old girl kidnapped from the
front yard of her Central Fresno home.
who was not working that day, recognized the suspect's truck from news reports
and it was driving right down his street. “Never in my wildest dreams did I
think it would be down the street where that happened. He was making a U-Turn
right here,” said Perez.
adrenaline pumping, something inside prompted Perez to step in and help. He got
into his truck and tried to stop the suspect, 25-year-old Gregorio Gonzalez. He
tried to cut off the truck several times before the chase came to a crashing
end and the girl was set free.
look in her face, you know, said a million words, you know? Finally when me and
her were face-to-face, she was having like a nervous breakdown like she came
out of a freezer,” said Perez, whose brave actions that cold, fall morning
helped save the young girl’s life.
leaders say this case is an example of how California's AMBER Alert System
is supposed to work.
of abducted children under the age of 18, suspects, and vehicle information
released to the public that will hopefully lead to a successful ending.
Runner, who now serves on the State's Board of Equalization, wrote the original
bill in 2002 that created California's AMBER Alert System. “We felt that it was
a really efficient, effective way to get people engaged. Quite frankly, at that
point, we didn't realize how effective it would be,” said Runner.
the last nine years, 222 victims have been safely rescued or recovered in
California and 110 suspects have been taken into custody.
Steve McCarron visited the top-secret room in Sacramento called the
"Emergency Notification and Tactical Alert Center" or ENTAC, where
every AMBER Alert is launched.
is the first Fresno television station invited inside to see how it
years, current California Highway Patrol Assistant Chief L.D. Maples had the
final word on each AMBER Alert Activation. “AMBER Alerts work best when it's
targeted, specific information for effectiveness and efficiency reasons,” said
a case called in from a local police or sheriff's department fits several
strict criteria, officials at ENTAC can authorize an alert, sending out useful
information to the public through the media and highway signs in specific
regions of the state or counties.
alerts can even show up on tens of thousands of lottery machines statewide all
not really, in my experience, another example of something that's a better
collaborative effort between public, private sector, and the media that
produces the fact that if you can save one kid... Then obviously it's very
effective,” said Maples.
says public involvement is key to making it work. “Time is absolutely the worst
enemy in a child abduction, besides the person abducting the child, so the
clock is something law enforcement is working against,” said Maples.
days, Perez says he pays closer attention to every AMBER Alert that's issued.
Over the past 14 months, he's received a slew of accolades from local and state
leaders that now line the mantel inside his cousin's home, along with his favorite
– a picture drawn by the little girl he saved.
Perez has been praised as a hero and a Good Samaritan, all because he heard the
AMBER Alert and got involved.
is currently working toward one day opening his own contracting business.
suspect, Gregorio Gonzalez, is currently in the Fresno County Jail and
scheduled to appear in court again on December 15th.
Below is a list of resources for missing children. There are also several websites to sign
up for AMBER Alerts in the related links.
Parents need to be careful not to
let their guard down or become distracted while traveling or attending public
functions during the 2011 holiday season. The National Center for Missing
& Exploited Children (NCMEC) has put together this holiday list to help
educate parents about what they should be telling their children to keep them
safe while shopping and traveling this busy and festive season.
Parents need to talk with children
about safety before heading out to a busy shopping mall or boarding a plane,
train, or bus this holiday season. Crowds are greater this time of year and
children may easily become separated from their parents, causing confusion and
fear. If that should happen, parents need a plan and children should know what
Keep children with you at all times while shopping.
Accompany and supervise children in public facilities,
Have a plan in case you become separated, including a
pre-designated spot to meet.
Teach children to look for people who can help, such as
a uniformed security officer, salesperson or mother with children.
Remind children to remain in the area where they become
Dress children in clothing that displays their first or
last names, prompting unwelcome attention from people looking for an
opportunity to start a conversation with your child.
Leave children in toy stores or public facilities
expecting supervision from store personnel.
Go shopping or attend a public event with a child if
you feel you’re going to be distracted. Make other arrangements for child
care ahead of time.
Allow younger children to shop on their own to purchase
surprise gifts for friends or family members.
Drop off older children at a mall or public place
without agreeing on a clear plan for picking them up, including: where,
what time, and what to do in case of a change in plans.
If your child is flying or riding a
train or bus alone this holiday season, NCMEC and Child Quest International urge parents to remember the
following travel safety tips:
When you make reservations for your child, specify that
the child will be traveling alone.
Whenever possible, book a non-stop flight or direct
route. Avoid booking the last flight of the day.
Plan to visit the airport, train or bus terminal prior
to departure. Let your child know what to expect, so the experience will
not be so intimidating.
In case of delay or cancellation, remain at the station
or gate until the train, plane or bus departs.
Make sure children travel with proper identification
and parents or guardian contact information.
Always have a back-up plan for the person or people
meeting the plane at the destination, in case they are delayed.
Encourage children not to become too friendly with
other passengers or to reveal any personal information.
As social media use has become pervasive in the lives of American teens,
there have been increasing reports of bullying and other negative implications. In an effort to navigate many conflicting reports on online experiences, the goal of a new report by Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project is to explore the concept of digital citizenship and how that concept might be formulated into a doable and coherent survey.
“Social media use has become so pervasive in the lives of American teens
that having a presence on a social network site is almost synonymous with being
online,” the study says. “Fully 95% of all teens ages 12-17 are now online and
80% of those online teens are users of social media sites.”
Fielded April 19-July 14, 2011, the study was administered by cell phone and
landline in English and Spanish, to 799 teens ages 12-17 and a parent or
guardian. A few of its key findings include:
The majority of social media-using teens say their peers are mostly kind
to one another on social network sites. Their views are less positive than
those of social media-using adults.
88% of social media-using teens have witnessed other people be mean or
cruel on social network sites.
15% of social media-using teens say they have been the target of online
More teens report positive personal outcomes than negative ones from
interactions on social network sites: 78% report at least one good outcome and
41% report at least one negative outcome.
19% of teens have been bullied in the past year in some form either in
person, online, by text, or by phone
A majority of teens say their own reaction has been to ignore mean
behavior when they see it on social media.
2/3rds of teens who have witnessed online cruelty have also witnessed
others joining in—and 21% say they have also joined in the harassment.
55% of all online teens say they have decided not to post content that
might reflect poorly on them in the future.
A notable number of teens also engage in online practices that may have
the potential to compromise their safety online.
39% of all parents of teens have connected to their child on a social
network site, but that does not necessarily prevent online trouble for the
Read the full
report to see more detailed findings and analysis of these topics: teens
and social networks, privacy and safety issues, parents and online social
spaces, social media and digital citizenship, and the role of parents in
digital safekeeping and advice-giving.
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By David Haugh - Shed no tears for Joe Paterno. Save your pity for the innocent boys who will grow up into tortured men, not JoePa.
Spare me the indignation over Penn State Board of Trustees firing Paterno on Wednesday night over the phone.
Paterno picked one up 13 years ago and called the most powerful law-enforcement
official he knew in the state, not just the top campus cop, he might have saved
innocent boys from an alleged pedophile -- and quite likely his job, his school
and his legacy.
Penn State removed Paterno from that job because, finally, somebody in Creepy
Valley did the right thing. Somebody followed a conscience instead of a
university handbook. That it came 13 years too late will haunt State College,
Pa., forever. It will indelibly stain Paterno's Hall of Fame tenure, as if that
It never will be enough for the alleged victims of Jerry Sandusky, the former
Penn State assistant coach charged with 40 counts of child sexual abuse.
There are no winners here, all goats and no heroes, but Paterno's ouster was a
development worth applauding more than protesting. This was a decision that
should have provoked more acceptance than defiance.
So what were the Penn State students possibly thinking as they rioted all over
campus and tipped over cars and a satellite truck? When will they realize,
after the buzz wears off and sobering reality sinks in, that they were
defending the right to cover up pedophilia? As much as they love JoePa, that's
the harsh reality.
Hayes threw a punch. Bob Knight threw a chair. But in 10 years or so we will
remember Paterno as much as anything for the alleged molestation he enabled
that made us want to throw up. He always can be referred to as a great football
coach. But I still cringed hearing loyal ex-players refer to Paterno as a great
Yes, the good Paterno did at Penn State outweighed the bad over six decades. To
some it's complicated. To others it's simple. Right now, I still see a guy who
was one of Pennsylvania's most powerful people who looked away and failed to protect
children. Right now, the details of the 23-page grand jury report used to
indict Sandusky last Saturday remain too fresh to think Paterno earned the
right to leave on his own terms.
It is often hard for parents and the community to understand why teen’s runaway (which account for the largest group of missing children). In an effort to help shed some light on a problem plaguing our youth, here are a few reasons that may help you to understand the dilemma.
The harsh reality is that teens may often feel like they have to escape and get away from home to avoid abusive home lives. For example, maybe a parent has a drinking problem and disciplines their children with a heavy hand or disappears for days on end with children left to fend for themselves. Or another example is a father (or someone else in the family circle) who is a bit too “touchy-feely” with the children and they have no one to turn to for help out of fear that no one will believe them. For some children, running away seems like the only solution to a life shattering problems.
It is possible for a teen to runaway just because of feeling like they are misunderstood. Right or wrong, they are searching for others they can be themselves with or feel a sense of belonging. Other times it may be in the name of so-called “love”, and teens runaway to be with their significant other. Most teens don’t even realize and understand the consequences of these types of action, they act without thinking first. They simply react, which opens the door to Pandora’s Box. Many runaway youth fall victim to crime, drugs, sex slavery, and/or even worse, death.
In order to effectively and compassionately help these children, we, as a society, need to remember that "runaways" are victims too. For in-depth details on Why They Run, read the National Runaway Switchboard report here. For additonal facts about runaways, click here.
Warning Signs Your Teen Might Runaway
Even though one can never really know for sure what a teenager is thinking, there are signs that may be visible in your child’s behavior. One thing to look for is your current level of communication. Do you ever agree on anything or does it seem you only argue or fuss all the time or just keep conversations to a minimum due to “generational differences”. Does your teen act withdrawn and/or completely unsociable? Does your teen avoid interaction with family or family friends? Does your teen act strange or have extremely emotional feelings that are out of control? Has your teen been hanging out with bad company and/or others who drink alcohol, use drugs, or other teens that just go out to “look for trouble”? If you notice these signs, consider it a “red flag” and a warning sign that you need to reach out and try communicating with your teen before it is too late, even if you have to get outside help to do so.
What You Can Do As A Parent
While some responsibility lies with teens to be willing to face challenges in a mature and appropriate manner, it’s important for parents to do their part as parents. Try showing your teen respect and keep communication open, listening to what they have to say. Be willing to believe your children if they disclose sexual abuse to you (especially by a family member or family friend) and get them the help they need. Denying a child’s claim of sexual abuse will only victimize the child further and encourage them to runaway as their only solution. Don’t scream and yell, or threaten your teen, this too will only make them want to leave more. Try not to interrupt your teenager when they do come to you to talk, sometimes it helps the most to just listen, even if you have your reservations about something their telling you. If you don’t agree with your child at least listen to their side, then calmly give your side, if things start to get out of control, take a break and revisit the conversation after both sides have had a “cooling-down” period. Bottom line, communication is the key to your child's safety and it should be a family priority.
If you feel your child may runaway, you can seek professional help through counseling, or just try talking to them and explain how much you love them, and that you will always be there for them.
We've all seen the Dateline series: To Catch A Predator. So, the fact that predators lurk online to prey on young children and teenagers is nothing new to you. The reality is that allowing kids to go online without supervision or ground rules is like
allowing them to explore a major metropolitan area by themselves. Probably not the best idea, right? The
Internet, like a city, offers an enormous array of entertainment and educational resources but also presents some potential risks. One of the greatest potential risks, in addition to bullying and exposure to inappropriate material, is child predators.
There are many myths about how predators operate. For instance, did you know that most predators don't pretend to be teens to lure their victims? This new study from the University of New Hampshire and Internet Solutions For Kids, Inc. will help you separate fact from fiction.