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NCJ Number: 154633 Find in a Library
Title: Using Agency Records To Find Missing Children: A Guide for Law Enforcement; Program Summary
Corporate Author: National Assoc of School Workers
United States of America

American Bar Assoc
Ctr on Children and the Law
United States of America
Project Director: M Takas
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 31
Sponsoring Agency: American Bar Assoc
Washington, DC 20036
National Assoc of School Workers
Washington, DC 20005
National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Rockville, MD 20849
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 93-MC-CX-0001
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF|Text
Type: Training (Aid/Material)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Drawing from a larger study, this report provides law enforcement officers with practical information on how to use agency records in the recovery of missing children.
Abstract: The report focuses on procedures for obtaining and using the records of certain types of human service providers to find missing children. Record use, access, barriers, and limitations for the following types of providers are discussed: schools, medical care providers, child welfare agencies, runaway shelters, and domestic violence shelters. Parental consent and parental abduction are also discussed in relation to missing children investigations. By law or agency policy, parents have access to many records on their children. In many cases, parents have a right to see or obtain copies of records even when police officers do not. For this reason, parental consent forms may help police gain access to many agency records. In parental abduction cases, verification of custodial status is standard law enforcement procedure, primarily to determine whether a crime has been committed. The National Center on Missing and Exploited Children recommends that the investigating officer in a parental abduction case verify custodial status by obtaining a certified copy of the most recent custody order from the clerk of the issuing court. A section on interagency committees advises that police interagency committees improve communication and cooperation between agencies and improve delivery of services to children and families. They also reduce duplication of services and efforts, develop existing resources, and identify new ones. 7 notes
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Missing children; Missing person investigation; Records
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