According to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, the FBI reported 465,676 missing children in 2016, which was a slight increase over 2015. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children has received more than 4.5 million calls about missing children over the past 33 years and has assisted law enforcement in the recovery of more than 250,000.
There are a number of reasons why a child may go missing. In the majority of cases, they are endangered runaways, but they can also be lost to family abductions, non-family abductions, and other unknown reasons.
“As a mother,” says Chaffin Luhana team member and Case Manager/Records Specialist Rene Grier, “I can’t begin to grasp the thought of one of my children missing and how helpless I would feel.”
To help other parents of missing children, the Chaffin Luhana Foundation, at Grier’s request, is donating $250 to Child Find America, a national not-for-profit organization that provides services designed to prevent and resolve child abduction and the family conflicts that can lead to abduction and abuse.
“They help prevent and resolve child abductions,” Grier says. “They offer free investigative and location services, missing posters, and kidnapping prevention programs. They are always there working with local law enforcement and the FBI.”
Founded in 1980 by Gloria Yerkovich, the mother of a missing child in upstate New York, Child Find gained early recognition with their prominent milk carton campaigns featuring photos of missing children around the country. The organization has also played a significant role in the creation of laws that make all forms of child abduction a crime, and in the establishment of a national clearinghouse to assist law enforcement in their investigations.
Each year, Child Find receives between 15,000 and 20,000 calls for help from searching families, law enforcement, children, and educators. Contributions help sustain the programs and services the organization provides, including public education, workshops and seminars, location services, crisis intervention, and conflict management.
If you’d like to contribute to Child Find of America, you can make a donation via the information listed below:
Child Find of America
P.O. Box 277
New Paltz, NY 12561
To Donate: http://childfindofamerica.org/donate/
Exclusively focused on representing plaintiffs, especially in mass tort litigation, Eric Chaffin prides himself on providing unsurpassed professional legal services in pursuit of the specific goals of his clients and their families. Both his work and his cases have been featured in the national press, including on ABC’s Good Morning America.