Parents & Adults

Resources for Parents


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Parents of Missing Children

Beyond Missing, Inc.
Beyond Missing, a nationwide non-profit, helps in the search for missing children, specifically abducted youth, by providing law enforcement agencies with a secure, web-based system for the creation of missing children fliers, which are then distributed within a 200-mile radius from where the abduction took place. In addition, the organization has an on-line Parent Flyer Tool that allows parents to create and send by email or fax their own missing child fliers in english or spanish. The creation and distribution service offered by this organization is free.

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) has worked since 1984 to prevent the abduction, endangerment, and sexual exploitation of youth. If a youth is a victim of such an act, the NCMEC, in conjunction with local and federal agencies, has various mechanisms to report and hopefully end such abuse and exploitation. Some of these include: a national clearinghouse to report information on missing and exploited children and a Cybertipline that can be utilized by those who suspect internet-related sexual exploitation. The NCMEC’s hotline is: 1-800-THE-LOST

Operation Lookout
Serving the United States and other countries, Operation Lookout focuses on the reunion of families and their children who have gone missing, have run away, or have been kidnapped. To achieve this, the agency has a 24-hour hotline, provides legal and service referrals and works with local authorities in the search of the missing child, among other strategies. Operation Lookout’s hotline is: 1-800-LOOKOUT

Polly Klaas Foundation
The Polly Klaas® Foundation is a national nonprofit that helps find missing children, prevents children from going missing, and promotes laws like Amber Alert that help keep children safe. The foundation makes and distributes posters of missing children for families of missing children, and has a national eVolunteer force that distributes posters of missing children in their communities. The Polly Klaas foundation's hotline is 1-800-587-4357

National Missing Children's Locate Center (NMCLC)
The NMCLC’s mission is to find children who have been kidnapped, are missing, or have run away. To do this, the NMCLC works extensively at promoting public awareness around the problem through a variety of communication strategies, some of which include newspaper advertisements and participation in fairs. The NMCLC’s hotline is 1-800-999-7846.

The mission of Team HOPE is to assist families with missing, exploited and recovered children by offering peer support including empowerment, emotional support and coping skills from a trained volunteer who has had or still has a missing or exploited child. Team HOPE is a program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's Family Advocacy Division. Team HOPE volunteers are mothers, fathers, siblings and extended family members, who have had (or still have) a cherished missing child or a child who has been sexually exploited.

Services for Parents

Center for the Improvement of Child Care (CICC)
CICC is a national non-profit organization that provides parents skill-building programs that the programs educate parents as to how they can raise their children in an environment free of abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Additionally, CICC advocates at all levels of government for more caring treatment of children and ways for parents to be involved to accomplish this goal.

Circle of Parents
This organization’s goals are to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to strengthen families. Using self-help support groups, parents and guardians have the ability to discuss parenting tools with others. And while parents or guardians are in these meetings, children can participate in educational and social development programs. Circle of Friends has affiliated groups in the following states: WA, ID, MT, CO, ND, SD, NE, KS, TX, MN, MO, IL, WI, MI, TN, MS, LA, FL, NC, VA, PA, CT, RI, MA, CT, NH, M E, and VT.

National Clearinghouse on Family Support and Children's Mental Health
This organization’s focus is to provide families and their children with mental, emotional, or behavior disorders with services that involve the community and families. Respect for cultural differences is also of importance.

National Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
Since 1897 the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) has been an advocate on behalf of the nation’s youth. The PTA works to develop a better education for America’s youth and works to oster greater parent involvement in the lives of their children, the PTA at the community, state, and national level also works to improve the general well-being of the country’s youth. Some of the programs that the PTA provides are workshops to improve youth nutrition and a career planning program in collaboration with the United States Department of Labor.

NCFY: Information for Parents and Community Members
NCFY is an organization where communities and families can obtain information on issues of youth and families. They also help in providing information sharing, publication development, outreach, and reading room. Additionally, NCFY, in partnership with organizations and communities, provides at-risk youth the opportunity gain positive self-images.

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