Missing Children Update:Buyer's Quarterly, January/February/March 1994. By David C. Thelen. Informationalarticle. Featured Jeanna North, Ernest Choice and Stephanie Crane. Alsofeatured a special poem to her sister by Jessica North.
In American schools today, parents and school boards would fire any teacher who was found to be illiterate (though they don't try very hard to find them), but are quite happy to have their children taught by teachers who don't understand even one important idea of mathematics and science. In part, this is because American parents and school boards are mostly composed of citizens who are the product of American education and have no strong background in areas that were poorly taught when they were in school. And the teachers are also mostly a product of this poor education process, so most of them have no idea of what is being missed. And so on, generation after generation.
This missing children movement did affect public policy. Increased public awareness led to various prevention programs (which tended to focus on the danger of abductions by strangers—a relatively uncommon phenomenon) and also to improved search procedures. The NCMEC became a national clearinghouse for reports of missing children, and several states required all law enforcement agencies to report all cases to newly established statewide clearinghouses. In addition, the movement called attention to the need for improved social services for long-term runaways, as well as thrownaway children who had been rejected by their families.
In general, NISMART estimated that most categories of missing children were less common than activists originally had suggested. NISMART-1’s estimates for the most serious cases in different categories of missing children were non-family abductions: 200-300 cases per year; family abductions: 163,200; runaways: 133,500; and throwaways (children ordered by their families to leave their homes): 59,200-127,100. NISMART-2 found that the rates for most types of missing children (per 1,000) declined between 1988 and 1999.
Missing children are young people whose whereabouts are unknown or who are not where they are supposed to be. There are several types of missing children. The most common categories are children who become lost (these tend to be young children, and most are recovered fairly quickly) and runaways (usually adolescents who return home after a short absence, although some stay away for prolonged periods). Public concern tends to focus on two less common types of missing children: those abducted by family members (typically this occurs during custody disputes between divorced parents); and those abducted by non-family members (such children may be held for ransom, be sexually abused, and suffer other forms of serious exploitation).
Insight Magazine, November 29, 1999, By Timothy Maier. "Despite recent testimony before Congress by beleaguered parents of internationally kidnapped children, State and Justice departments continue to dismiss these crimes".
INSIGHT MAGAZINE, By Timothy Maier. (Reprinted with permission) "Although Congress has called on foreign nations to abide by the Hague Convention on parental child abductions, the U.S. government is not really offering parents much help"
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INSIGHT MAGAZINE, July 23, 2001, By Timothy Maier. (Reprinted with permission) "An estimated 15,000 U. S. children remain abroad after being abducted by a parent, but the State Department is pursuing action in less than 30 Hague Convention cases".