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Message from Attorney General John Ashcroft on Missing Children's Day:

When a child is taken, a family is devastated. When a child disappears, the absence and pain ripples throughout the entire community, and even the country. When children are exploited or mistreated, and that natural spark in their eyes is diminished, our world is diminished.

Every day, families and law enforcement work hard to protect our children. No parent wants to experience the anguish of a missing child, but if that dreaded moment should occur, this guide will be a valuable resource for family members.

When Your Child is Missing: A Family Survival Guide was written by parents and family members whose children were abducted, and tragically murdered, or are still missing. It provides helpful and practical tips for families about what to do when their child is missing and how to best help law enforcement in the search and recovery of their child.

All Americans, however, play a vital role in protecting our children. A national awareness about missing children's issues means more homecomings for those that are lost. Together we can, and we must, work to ensure the safety of our children.


John Ashcroft      

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