The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) is grateful to all of the people who gave their time, energy, and talent to developing this Guide, especially the following parents who know firsthand the pain, suffering, and hope of families with missing children:

    Heather Cox and Marion Boburka, mother and grandmother, respectively, of Shelby Cox, who was found murdered on November 18, 1995.

    Colleen Nick, mother of Morgan Nick, who has been missing since June 9, 1995.

    Claudine and Don Ryce, parents of Jimmy Ryce, who was found murdered on December 9, 1995.

    Patrick Sessions, father of Tiffany Sessions, who has been missing since February 9, 1989.

    Patty Wetterling, mother of Jacob Wetterling, who has been missing since October 22, 1989.

This group of parents created this Guide as a labor of love and as a message of hope and encouragement for families whose children are still missing. Their courage and strength are greatly admired.

OJJDP also thanks the many professionals who have given their time and effort to find children who are missing, who have worked to prevent children from being abducted, and who have put together this Guide for families facing this crisis. This includes Helen Connelly, James P. Finley, and Joellen Talbot of Fox Valley Technical College. The final editing and production of this Guide were performed by the Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse. OJJDP acknowledges C. Denise Collins and Annie Pardo for graphic support with this 2004 update and Irene Cooperman and Beverly Sullivan for editorial support. OJJDP also acknowledges and thanks the many individuals who painstakingly reviewed the Guide to make sure that it provides parents with the information they so desperately need during these crises. Special thanks also go to Ron Laney, Director of OJJDPs Child Protection Division. His concern for and commitment to missing children and their parents inspired the creation of this Guide.

This Guide is dedicated to all the children who are separated from their families. Our hope is that you always know that the search will continue until you are found.

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When Your Child Is Missing: A Family Survival Guide OJJDP Report • May 2004