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Questions and Answers

The following section addresses some of the most commonly asked questions about Child Find. The answers will help you better understand this organization, as well as prepare you to answer similar questions when volunteering.

Q: What exactly does Child Find do?

A: Our purpose is to aid in the location of missing children who have been abducted by strangers, parents, guardians, or who have run away; and to reunite them with their lawful parent/ guardian.

  • We teach children and parents the facts about abduction
  • We create public awareness about missing and exploited children
  • We promote legal, societal and attitudinal change on behalf of families and victims of abduction
  • We provide support to searching families and victims, and refer to professional help when needed

Q: How many children are missing?

A: That is a difficult question to answer. We rely on statistics from the Missing Children's Registry (an extension of the RCMP). They collect their information from the number of children reported missing, which is not representative of the number that actually go missing.

Q: Is my child protected from abduction once he or she is fingerprinted?

A: NO!! An updated record of your child is the most useful tool to be used by police should your child go missing. The All About Me ID brochure and fingerprints can speak to the police for you. Fingerprints are not a deterrent to abductions. They are used for identification purposes.

Q: How successful is Child Find at finding missing children?

A: About 75 - 80% of all missing children registered with Child Find are located.

Q: On some posters you see a picture of a child at the age he/ she went missing, and then you also see a picture of the child at an older age. How is this possible?

A: If a child has been missing for a long period of time, their physical and facial characteristics will have changed significantly. With the help of sophisticated technology, experts can now create a profile of what a child would look like at an older age. This is done by using photos of family members of the abducted child (especially siblings), computer software and an educated estimate of the aging process. When a photo-aged enhancement of a missing child is displayed on a poster or flyer, it is always accompanied by an original picture of the child at the age of abduction.

Q: How is Child Find funded?

A: Child Find is funded by the following:

  • Unsolicited donations from the general public
  • Special events
  • Sponsorship payment of printing literature, donations of services/ equipment
  • Telemarketing and direct appeals
  • Memorial donations
  • Casual day promotions
  • Corporate donations

Child Find will not compete for funding or recognition with other charitable social agencies, but rather will share information, skills, and non-monetary resources, thereby creating a better public image and a healthier environment within the community of charitable social agencies. In light of the sensitive nature of its mandate, Child Find will exercise discretion in obtaining revenue to fulfill its purpose. The plight of missing children will not be used or exploited for the betterment of others, collectively or individually, be they volunteers, staff, or sponsors.

Q: What should I do if I think I've seen a missing child?

A: If you see a missing child:

  1. Contact your local authorities.
  2. Contact Child Find.
  3. NEVER confront the situation yourself. Allow the proper authorities to do that.
  4. Be quietly observant. Take down any license numbers that may be pertinent. Write down descriptions of the people who the child was with. Also, record the colour of the child's hair, eyes, and other distinguishing characteristics, if you are close enough to see. Although you may not be sure that the child you have seen is in fact a missing child, it is always better to be wrong than to have passed up an opportunity to bring a child home. Information you provide will be kept confidential if you desire.