National Missing Children’s Day: 5 Ways to Keep Children Safe | WUSA9.com

In 1983, Ronald Reagan proclaimed May 25th as National Missing Children’s Day. All month long, WUSA9 has shared faces of missing children from our area in in hopes of helping to bring them home. Here are 5 ways keep your children safe & join WUSA9 in raising awareness of missing children in our area

1. Talk honestly to your kids about protecting themselves
Former President of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Ernie Allen, encourages parents to talk candidly with their children about safety. Role playing exercises could help kids protect themselves if they’re confronted with immediate threats or predators.

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Local parents reignite pleas to find missing children | Local & Regional | Seattle News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | KOMO News

TUMWATER, Wash. — In the State of Washington there are dozens of missing children cases that have gone cold. Parents were out in Tumwater Saturday, reigniting their pleas for the public to keep a watchful eye out for their missing sons and daughters.

“At one point I thought it might get easier, but it gets harder,” said Solomon Metalwala who has been searching for his young son Sky since 2011.

Sky went missing in Bellevue when his mother left him in the car after running out of gas. The family hasn’t seen the boy since.

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More than 250 Ohio children remained missing at the end of 2013, attorney general’s office reports | cleveland.com

COLUMBUS, OHIO — More than 250 children reported missing in Ohio in 2013 weren’t found by the end of the year, according to a new report from the Ohio attorney general’s office.

Of the 18,599 Ohio children reported missing in 2013, 18,338 – almost 99 percent – were recovered safely, according to Attorney General Mike DeWine’s annual Children Clearinghouse Report. Eight children were eventually found dead: Five were murdered, while three were killed in accidents.

The majority of the 261 children who remained missing are suspected runaways, the attorney general’s office said in a release. Including adults, there are currently more than 450 missing persons in Ohio.

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Put a face on Greater Cleveland’s faceless, missing children: editorial | cleveland.com

Kids gone without a trace. Did they run, or were they taken?

It is the unthinkable made worse by anonymity: Next to the prosaic details of their lives as recounted on the Cleveland police and Cuyahoga County websites that document missing children and adults — their names, ages, dates last seen – is a grey box with the words “Image unavailable.”

How is that possible, particularly with the Millennials who document their lives on social media sites such as Facebook and Bebo, Habbo and Pinterest?

“The parents have reported them missing, but they don’t have a photograph,” said Karen McHenry, who runs the homeless and missing youth program at Bellefaire JCB, the Shaker Heights-based nonprofit child welfare agency. “Maybe it’s because of poverty or because the family is transient.”

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