While the National Center for Missing Adults (NCMA) waits on funding to maintain operations, the Senate is rapidly approving more funding for abducted children.
Have you ever heard of the “Family Abduction Prevention Act” bill? It would provide up to $500,000 in matching grants for FY2008 (and funds, as necessary, through FY 2009 and FY 2010), to states to assist with costs associated with family abduction prevention. According to a measure sponsored by U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) that is not the case.
“…Each year, over 200,000 children – 78 percent of all abductions in the United States – are kidnapped by a family member, usually a non-custodial parent. More than half of abducting parents have a history of domestic violence, substance abuse, or a criminal record.
Most State and local law enforcement agencies do not treat these abductions as serious crimes. Approximately 70 percent of law enforcement agencies do not have written guidelines on responding to family abduction and many are not informed about the Federal laws available to help in the search and recovery of an abducted child…”
What is role of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) and the $35 million annually they receive from the Department of Justice? They are chartered to assist in the education of Law Enforcement. Why are there no written guidelines? Why do they not know the available Federal Laws?