A Child goes missing every 40 seconds in the United States.
Your child has a 1 in 42 chance of going missing...
A Child Is Missing (ACIM) is devoted to assisting law enforcement in the search and early safe recovery efforts of children, the elderly (often with Alzheimer's), disabled persons and college students via a rapid-response neighborhood alert program utilizing high-tech telephony systems.
The Elderly - Often with Alzheimer’s and Dementia: two dreaded diseases of the elderly. They tend to wander off and often think they are going to go 'home'. That 'home' may be states away. They (The Elderly) tend to walk off and in some cases they will find a body of water, this is not good.
Disabled People who have been beaten, unconscious, or are suffering from memory loss. We will send out alert calls to find the guardian, parents, and friends. There may be other circumstances but a phone call will inform you if ACIM will run the case. Again, these alert calls are requested by law enforcement only.
Child Abduction Response Teams (C.A.R.T.) consist of members of all facets of law enforcement, emergency response, non-profit organizations, and civilian search groups that come together when a child is abducted. As a member of teams across the United States, A Child Is Missing is the activation arm which mobilizes these teams for a swift response that would hopefully result in a fast and safe resolution. The C.A.R.T. Notification Program works closely with a team’s liaison to secure the team’s member list and their phone numbers (cell, office, and home). Once this list is submitted to A Child Is Missing in the proper format and entered into our system, we can activate your C.A.R.T. upon request.
House Bill 3 (Ch. 2001-72): Blue Alerts; Emengency Alert System; Assault; Battery; Homicide; Serious Bodily Injury; Weapons; Firearms; Law Enforcement Officers; Sheriffs; Law Enforcement Agencies; Florida Department of Law Enforcement; Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles; Department of Transportation; Television; Radio; Dynamic Message Signs
Creates F.S. 784.071 concerning the assault or battery of a law enforcement officer missing while in the line of duty. At the request of an authorized person employed at a law enforcement agency, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement will activate the emergency alert system and issue a "Blue Alert" if the following conditions are met:
The "Blue Alert" must be immediately disseminated through the emergency alert system by broadcasting the alert on television, radio, and the dynamic message signs that are located on the state's highways.
Educational Programs for General and High Risk Populations
Train the Teachers
Along with the Law Enforcement Train the Trainers' Program, A Child Is Missing trains teachers to take our educational programs to general and high risk populations. The diversity of the presenters, which include licensed school teachers and educators, speaks volumes in bridging the gap in communication and understanding of safety, bullying, and high risk behavior through our presentations. In addition, the professional background, experience, devotion, and caring of our presenters effectively reaches the varied populations of each area and the children residing there. The collaboration of A Child Is Missing with Law Enforcement and the Public exemplifies that protection of our children can and must be a collective community effort.
Child Safety Education Program
The two largest lures used in child abductions in the United States remain asking a child for assistance in finding a pet and posing as a family friend offering a ride home. ACIM's Child Safety Education Program provides age appropriate information to summer camp children based on six rules of child safety, including: the buddy system, having a secret code word, saying "no" with authority, and avoiding the most common lures used by abductors. The information is presented in the form of theory, video presentation and role playing, and is reinforced with handouts such as safety coloring books and book marks. A Child Is Missing conducts prevention training sessions to equip teachers with the program material and scripts that have been specifically crafted to accompany the video presentation to the children. School teachers from each local area conduct these presentations.
The W.I.T.S Program is an integral part of our child safety program and deals with bullying in various forms. Solutions to bullying are offered using the W.I.T.S. model: Walk away, Ignore the bully, Talk it out, and Seek help. Children discuss instances they've seen bullying or been a part of bullying and by talking to others they begin to understand that everyone experiences bullying on some level, but it's what a person decides to do about it that makes a difference. We also introduce the topic of "consequences" and explore with the children what the word means for them in regards to bullying. Children are reassured by the stories they share along with teachers that they are not alone and that only by resolution can they avoid conflict.
The Bully Program
For children ten and older, a more mature approach is taken to discuss bullying. The class size is purposely smaller for an open discussion class rather than a presentation. Using current events about bullying, the teacher delves deeper into the theme of "choices and consequences" and expands the discussion on victims and bullies to include the repercussions of being a bystander. The smaller class size makes them comfortable to discuss problems they have had or seen and the video clips help the teacher touch their audience logically as well as emotionally. The children's interaction is primary in all the classes and the teachers engage the class to speak out. With no preset script, the course engages the class to open lines of communication, discussing boundaries, portrayals, and current events regarding bullying to reinforce the reality and proximity of bullying instances.
"It Can't Happen To Me!"
The Sexual Predator Educational Awareness Program was conceptualized and developed as a result of years of working with Law Enforcement and focusing on the safety of children. We saw that adults often did not know how to respond to children's issues as a direct result of not understanding the issue. This was particularly true of child sexual abuse and the sexual predator. In February 2008 and January 2009 respectively, with the production and premier of our two educational docudramas, "It Can't Happen To Me!" I and II, ACIM brought together five true-tolife scenarios about the sexual predator based on actual cases in which A Child Is Missing had been involved. These docudramas deliver an abundance of preventative information for adults. Our presenters include not only law enforcement professionals who have investigated sex crimes against children, but also victims of childhood sexual abuse and educators. This diverse expanse of presenters and perspectives has gone a long way in bridging the gaps in awareness and understanding in the audiences to which we present.
The Anatomy of the Murder of a Bully Course
Resources for High Risk Populations, in particular high risk youth, are often scarce; and, many traditional service organizations lack the training, sensitivity and expertise to adequately recognize and address the issues of effective communication and relationship building and sustainability with this population.
Often this population reacts rather than responds to people and situations, resulting in defensive and/or aggressive manner which is often termed "bullying." It is our contention that bullying, one of the most dangerous issues faced by all youth today, is a result of the inability to communicate effectively and appropriately. The Anatomy of the Murder of a Bully course was developed to help dispel the myths surrounding the bully and the act of bullying.
Through the viewing and examination of the History Channel documentary which is called Payback for a Bully, and is based on an actual murder case, the participants of this course will observe and experience bullying which results in violence carried to the extreme. They will be asked to "get into the head" of each of the murderers who comprise the "Broward Seven," as well as into the head of the alleged bully who becomes the murder victim, in order to examine making different choices than those that were portrayed in the documentary. Different choices would then lead to different consequences. Life is a matter of the choices we make and the consequences that follow. Effective communication skills can help high risk populations in making more effective choices, and in better managing their lives, especially in potentially dangerous and/or disruptive situations.
"Express Yourself!" – A Course in Effective Communication
It has been our observation that youth, in particular high risk youth, have great difficulty in communicating their needs. As a result, they often react rather than respond to individuals and situations…sometimes violently. "Express Yourself!" was developed to provide an overview of the how and why youth are at high risk for being misunderstood, and sometimes exploited and abused, due to their inability to clearly convey what they are thinking and/or feeling. Through examination of the physical, mental, emotional and cultural aspects of communication, participants receive insight into the communication patterns they use, as well as the communication patterns used by others. Techniques and Tools for increasing communication skills are discussed and used, so that participants can better know and understand how to communicate more effectively and more skillfully manage their lives in our fast-paced, changing world.
"Express Yourself!" is also offered in adapted versions to meet the needs of specific high risk populations. They are Young Women, LGBTQ Youth, Victims of Domestic Violence and Victims of Human Trafficking.
ACIM’s Child Safety Education Program is an interactive and child-friendly program that reaches out to children in summer camps and provides safety tips to these children. The energetic and fun program provides take-home materials to the children in attendance to reinforce the information disseminated at the session. The program also promotes communication between children and their parents or guardians
Sex Predator Adult Education Awareness Program: A Child Is Missing (SM) has brought together two true scenarios that will open your eyes to what could be happening in your house or community. A young single woman with an adorable 5 year old girl met a single guy looking for an adorable little girl. Far too often no background check is made on the new boyfriend and this could prove deadly to your child.
ACIM supports the efforts of law enforcement in keeping children safe from predators and/or offenders by providing the Sexual Offender/Predator Alert Program. This program provides law enforcement agencies with the capability of delivering public service messages to neighborhoods where a registered sexual offender/predator has moved. This program has state-specific parameters and requirements for strict implementation.
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A Child Is Missing
500 NE 17th Street Suite 101
Fort Lauderdale, Fl. 33316
Tel: 954.763.1288 Fax 954.763.4569