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National Missing Children's Day - May 25, 2009
Judy Hayes, Program Analyst
Oregon State Police
Missing Children & Adults
Office: (503) 934-0188

Link valid for 30 days - Source: Oregon Missing Children's Clearinghouse
(Note: The photographs provided in the above link are just a sample of some of Oregon's missing children)
Coming on the heels of a successful recovery of a child last month through the use of Oregon's AMBER Alert program, Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski again joined child safety advocates around the country by signing a proclamation announcing May 25, 2009 as Missing Children's Awareness Day in Oregon. During the month of May, some communities in Oregon and across the country will be holding special events encouraging family communication about safety and abduction prevention.
This month the third annual national Take 25 child safety campaign, launched in 2007 by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), encourages families to take 25 minutes to talk to their children about safety and abduction prevention. The campaign began May 1 and continues through "National Missing Children's Day" on May 25th. More than 1100 events are scheduled nationwide in 400 communities in all 50 states and Canada. Three special events in Baker City, Roseburg and Portland are posted on the Take 25 website at http://www.take25.org/events, as well as a list of 25 safety tips that can help save a child's life.
According to a news release from the NCMEC, every year in America, an estimated 800,000 children are reported missing, more than 2,000 children each day. Of that number, 200,000 are abducted by family members and 58,000 are abducted by non-family members, for which the primary motive is sexual. Each year, 115 children are the victims of the most serious abductions; they are taken by non-family members and either murdered, ransomed or taken with the intent to keep. An analysis of attempted abduction cases by NCMEC found that in 84% of the cases, the child escaped would-be abductors through their own actions. Thirty-five percent actively resisted (yelling, kicking, pulling away, running away or attracting attention) while 49% recognized something was not right and responded by walking or running away.
"We know teaching children about safety works. Children's actions enable them to escape attempted abductions more than half of the time. It is important that parents and others take the time to talk to their children about these issues," said Ernie Allen, president and CEO of NCMEC. "The campaign is designed to provide information to make it easy for parents, grandparents and others to teach their children about safety and prevention. There is no better way to mark National Missing Children's Day than with an initiative designed to empower children and help keep them safe."
For the 11th year, a local golf benefit will be held this summer to raise money to purchase Child Complete Identification and DNA Kits that can be useful to police in the event a child becomes missing. The kits only take a few minutes to fill out, are non-intrusive and contain valuable information including a place for a photograph, medical information, personal information, DNA hair strand sample, fingerprints (self inking strip included), dental information and physical description. Once completed, the kit can be sealed in a zip lock bag and placed in the freezer or other safe place.

The child ID kits are not a budgeted item of the Oregon State Police. The OSP Foundation is sponsoring this year's golf benefit which rose over $9,300 last year. This year's 11th Annual Oregon State Police Missing Children Golf Benefit will be played at Creekside Golf Course in Salem on July 20th. Spots are still open for those interested in participating. Anyone interested in helping raise funds to purchase more Child ID kits by playing in the golf benefit can contact Judy Hayes, OSP Missing Children Program Manager, by calling 503-934-0188, or outside Salem call 1-800-282-7155.
Child Complete Identification and DNA Kits are available to order by email at childidkits@state.or.us.  Information about the Missing Children's Clearinghouse is available on the OSP website at http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/MCC/index.shtml.
Information about Oregon's AMBER Alert program, a critical missing child response program utilizing the resources of law enforcement and media to notify the public when children are kidnapped is available on our website at http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/AMBERALERT/index.shtml.
A list of cities where events will be held can be found at www.take25.org or on the Spanish language site, www.toma25.org.
The NCMEC news release about National Missing Children's Day is available on their website at http://www.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/NewsEventServlet?LanguageCountry=en_US&Pageld=4041.
This year the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children celebrates its 25th anniversary. NCMEC has played a role in the recovery of more than 138,500 children. Today more children come home safely than ever before. In 2008, NCMEC helped recover more children than any other year in the organizations 25-year history, raising the recovery rate from 62% in 1990 to 97% today. And more of those who prey upon children are being identified and prosecuted. Yet too many children are still missing and too many children are still the victims of sexual exploitation. There is much more that needs to be done.