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    May 25, 2011 will mark the 28th National Missing Children's Day. First proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan 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.

    His story captivated the nation. His photo, taken by his father, a professional photographer, was circulated nationwide and appeared in media across the nation and around the world. Etan became the poster-child for a movement. The powerful image came to symbolize the anguish and trauma of thousands of searching families.

    For nearly three decades, the search for Etan has continued. Just as that day when President Reagan proclaimed the first National Missing Children's Day, Etan is still missing. The widespread attention brought to his case and those of others eventually led to a nationwide commitment to help locate and recover missing children.

    National Missing Children's Day honors this commitment by reminding parents, guardians, and other trusted-adult role models to make child safety a priority.

    Will post some articles, also from other countries, about International Missing Children day and the events.

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    Kan. AG: Parents need to talk to kids about safety

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is preparing for National Missing Children's Day by publicly encouraging parents to talk to their children about safety.

    The observance is Wednesday. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has a "Take 25" campaign for that day — May 25.

    The goal is to get parents to talk their children about safety for 25 minutes. Schmidt said such conversations can prevent children from becoming victims.

    The national center lists almost 2,800 children in its database of missing and exploited children, including 20 from Kansas.

    Schmidt says parents should keep identifying information on children up-to-date. Having a kit with a child's fingerprints, height, weight, and a current photo can make it easier to quickly locate a missing child.

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    Time Warner Cable launches VOD category for missing children in Texas

    In recognition of National Missing Children's Day on Wednesday, Time Warner Cable announced today the launch of a new Missing Children On Demand category in Texas.

    Time Warner Cable partnered with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) on the program that provides information on missing children to millions of the cable operator's digital video customers across the state of Texas .

    "We have a great track record of success with our Local On Demand public service initiatives, including our Crime Stoppers On Demand programs," said Jon Gary Herrera, vice president of communications with Time Warner Cable. "This initiative will expand the reach of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and local law enforcement agencies in their relentless efforts to find missing children and reunite loved ones."

    Time Warner Cable Missing Children On Demand videos will feature up to 10 new video profiles a month chronicling missing child cases from across the United States. Each video provides relevant details about the child's case, including the name of the missing child, the city of the disappearance and possible whereabouts, as well as likely abductors and photos.

    In cases where the child has been missing for a long period, an age-progressed photo showing what he/she may look like at a more recent age will also be available. In addition, during the airing of each profile, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's toll-free 24-hour national missing children's hotline will be displayed on the bottom of the profile, so viewers can report tips should they have any information. The NCMEC's website will also be available for viewers to report tips online.

    "Someone out there knows something, and we hope the people of Texas will view these videos and help bring our children home," said Ernie Allen, president and CEO of the NCMEC. "Our partnership with Time Warner Cable enables us to reach millions of homes throughout Texas and empowers viewers with the resources they need to help solve cases."

    The NCMEC has a similar arrangement with Comcast that launched at the start of this year.

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    Balloon Launch for International Missing Children’s Day UK

    Wedneday, 25 May, marks ‘International Missing Children’s Day’.

    Nationwide, an awareness raising initiative is taking place, organised by Forever Searching, by setting off balloons across the country, each with their own tag of a missing person’s details.

    The Isle of Wight will be taking part in the initiative with The Newport Balloon Launch.

    Organised by Vectis Radio
    The event is being organised by Vectis Radio presenter Paddy McHugh, with help from regular listener Mrs James.

    We understand that some schools will be taking part and it’s hoped members of the public will get involved too.

    The event starts at 2pm in St Thomas’ Square and some schools have already confirmed attendance. Organisers also hope that community officers and perhaps even a celebrity or two will be taking part.

    Relative of missing teenager Damien Nettles will also be taking part in the event which runs between 2pm-5pm Wednesday.

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    In my town they have such an event also, for international missing children day. I also know, as most in my country, it is the date that Etan Patz disappeared in 1979. I didn't know he was the first boy who was on a milkcarton though. Wednesday he is missing for 32 years

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    Kenney Boone: May 25 is National Missing Children's Day

    It’s a parent’s worst nightmare; their child is missing. Where do they turn? Whom do they call? What should they do? In times like these, law enforcement plays a critical role; a role in which we at FCSO are proud to be involved. And from our standpoint, there is no better feeling than returning a lost or missing child to an anxious parent. Unfortunately however, not all reports of missing children end happily.

    Each year, the U.S. Department of Justice estimates that 800,000 children are reported missing; an average of 2,200 per day. In South Carolina alone, there are more than 6,000 children reported missing each year. To bring awareness to this problem, and hopefully to reduce and prevent the abduction and exploitation of children, the National Sheriff’s Association has partnered with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) to observe May 25, 2011 as “National Missing Children’s Day.”

    Noting the importance of the epidemic of missing and exploited children, President Reagan designated May 25 as National Missing Children’s Day in 1983.

    Please join me on this special day to remember those children who remain missing and give hope to their families that they may one day be found.

    The National Sheriff’s Association is also proud to support NCMEC’s “Take 25” initiative which is designed to equip parents and communities with safety tips to keep children safer while at home, on the internet, at school and while out and about. It only takes about twenty five minutes to educate your children on these safety measures, and they could eliminate a lifetime of heartache. Learn more about “Take 25” by visiting

    These safety tips will greatly reduce the chances of children being abducted or falling into the hands of those who would harm them.

    As Sheriff of Florence County, I know our deputies and investigators work tirelessly to protect the safety and security of our citizens, and particularly, our children. Join me on May 25, 2011 as we observe National Missing Children’s Day, and every day thereafter until we bring them all home.Sincerely,

    Kenney Boone
    Florence County Sheriff

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    York City detective to receive national award for work on child-abuse cases

    York, PA - Coloring pages, homemade cards and photographs cover a bulletin board stretching across the length of Detective First Class Dana Ward's desk.

    Each photograph and scribbled note is a reminder of a case he's covered in his 16 years with York City Police.

    He investigates an average of 100 cases a year and makes about 25 arrests during that time for cases of child, sex, mental health and elder abuse.

    His work has not gone unnoticed.

    The United States Department of Justice will recognize Ward for his work with the 2011 Missing Children's Child Protection Award, which he will receive May 25 in Washington, D.C.

    "It's an honor to be recognized nationally when I'm coming from little old York," Ward said last week. "But I would like to accept it on behalf of the team."

    His team includes members of the York County District Attorney's Office; York Hospital; York County Children, Youth and Families; and the York County Children's Advocacy Center. Without them, he said, he would never be able to put criminals in prison.

    One of the biggest cases -- of Ward's career and involving the most local agencies -- involved 2-year-old Darisabel Baez, who died April 6, 2008, after being beaten by her mother's boyfriend, Harve Johnson.

    It was the first case Ward was involved in that resulted in the death penalty for child homicide, he said, and a prime example of how local agencies work together.

    While local agencies and nonprofits have been amping up their outreach in recent years, Ward still hopes for improvement in trial proceedings. He finds his greatest accomplishments in convicting criminals and taking them off the street, but he hopes for more victim rights in the courtroom.

    "It's difficult when you've got toddlers who disclose information, but that's all the evidence you have," Ward said. "It's very frustrating to see someone be acquitted."

    But Ward finds encouragement in the notes and pictures that fill his bulletin board. He can point to each photo, given to him by the victims, and describe the case, the children, their parents and the abusers.

    One teen was locked in her attic and repeatedly abused by her father. Siblings were hooked up to an electrical contraption and punished. Two girls were forced to watch their father sexually assault their older sister.

    And there's a picture of Darisabel, before her body was covered in 72 bruises and lacerations. Johnson was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death. Darisabel's mother, Neida Elizabeth Baez, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder for not intervening and was sentenced to five to 10 years in state prison.

    "The cases are difficult, they always are," Ward said. "But I have a lot of support from my family, my co-workers. I can look up at the wall and know I've helped people."; 771-2088

    About the award
    President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the first National Missing Children's Day in May 1983. As part of this year's celebration, the 2011 Missing Children's Child Protection Award will be given May 25 at the national ceremony in Washington, D.C.

    Deputy Attorney General James Cole will be the keynote speaking. Guests will include families who have missing children, child advocates, and federal, state and local agency representatives who have supported programs to locate and recover missing children.

    Last year's winners were two FBI special agents from Miami, Fla., who investigated a large online child-pornography case.

    Source: U.S. Department of Justice

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    OTTAWA, May 21, 2011 /CNW/ - On May 24, 2011, the eve of International Missing Children's Day (May 25), the Canadian Centre for Child Protection will host a press conference to launch a new national missing children service.

    WHO: Lianna McDonald, Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection
    Hon. Rob Nicolson, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
    S/Sgt. Monique Perras, NCO i/c of the RCMP's National Missing Children Services

    Families of missing children in attendance:

    •Crystal Dunahee, mother of Michael Dunahee, who disappeared from a Victoria, BC sports field in March 1991.
    •Diana Boland, mother of the O'Brien boys, who were living in St. John's, NL when they were abducted by their father in 1996.
    •Anthony Wood, father of Sunshine Wood, who was last seen in Winnipeg before disappearing in February 2004.
    •Laurie Odjick, mother of Maisy Odjick, who went missing from Maniwaki, PQ in September 2008.

    Where: Fairmont Chateau Laurier, MacDonald Room
    1 Rideau Street
    Ottawa, Ontario

    When: Tuesday, May 24, 2011, at 9:30 a.m.

    All media are invited and encouraged to attend this important event.

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    Group educating public on search for missing persons

    CORNWALL -- A local missing persons group will be at the Cornwall Square Mall next week to educate the public on what to do if a child goes missing.

    Cornwall's Missing Children and Adults Association will have a kiosk set up in the mall from May 24 to 28 to bring awareness to missing adults and children in eastern Ontario and western Quebec and notify parents on the steps to take if their child goes missing.

    On May 25 at 1:30 p.m., the association will also host a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the annual National Missing Children's Day.

    The association will also be fundraising throughout the week, including holding a draw to win a gift certificate to the Best Western Parkway Inn and Conference Centre and shopping at the Cornwall Square Mall.

    Any person who donates more than $3 will receive a chocolate bar.

    The Missing Children and Adults Association assist in police efforts to search for missing people in eastern Ontario to as far away as Quebec City.

    "It's very important because we (do) not receive any money from (the) government," said Jean Bedard, the association's founder. "That's why we're asking the people to support this organization."

    In 2009, the Missing Children and Adults Association became involved in searching for Denise Vernier, who was tragically found dead in early January in a wooded area off Saunders Drive in Cornwall.

    Vernier's daughter Tracy will be on hand to mark the missing children's day on Wednesday.

    The association is also involved in the search for Marilyn Bergeron, of Quebec City, who went missing in 2008. Bedard said the association has received tips that Bergeron was seen in Cornwall on a few occasions.

    For more information on the Missing Children and Adults Association, visit their website at

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    Lake Elsinore Outlets big screen to publicize missing children

    The photographs of 100 missing children from California or who are believed to be in the state, will be displayed on a high-definition billboard along Interstate 15 next week.

    The sign will be at the Lake Elsinore Outlets, which for the third year will participate in the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's national Take 25 child safety campaign.

    The LED sign will show portraits of missing children from 12:01 a.m. to 10 p.m. on May 24 in an effort to bring attention to the thousands of children who are missing.

    The outlets will be collecting donations for the center through June 5.

    The Take 25 campaign asks parents, grandparents and others to take 25 minutes to talk to their child about safety and abduction prevention. The campaign began May 1 and runs through National Missing Children's Day, observed each May 25.

    The billboard will be visible to the more than 85,000 Interstate 15 commuters who drive past the outlets daily.

    The children's photos will be accompanied by the message, "Have You Seen This Child?" and the number of the center's toll free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678).

    Anyone can call that number with information about any of the missing children displayed.

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    Ice cream social promotes child safety

    In an effort to get parents to talk to their children about safety, the Tracy Police Department is hosting an ice cream social at Baskin Robbins on Wednesday, May 25.

    In addition to free ice cream, officers will be on hand to provide parents with child identification kits and materials about child safety as part of the Take 25 national campaign awareness.

    This is the first time Tracy Police Department will take part in the annual national awareness campaign, said police spokesman Sgt. Tony Sheneman. Take 25 is an effort to encourage parents, guardians, educators and others to take 25 minutes to talk to children about safety.

    Take 25 was created by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in honor of National Missing Children’s Day on May 25. This day was created to remind people to make child safety a national priority, officials said.

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