An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
There are several ways to categorize missing children
• Your child can be missing briefly because of a minor misunderstanding or childhood forgetfulness, during which he may not even know that his parents consider him missing
• A child may also get lost, or may be injured in a place where he can’t call for help
• A child may be a runaway: the majority of missing adolescents are runaways
• A child may be a “throw-away”, a child actually told by a caretaker to leave home
• A child may be abducted by a relative, most often as the result of a custody or visitation dispute
• A child may be the victim of a non-family abduction. This category includes the Stereotypical Kidnapping, which is the most frightening of circumstances and, as a federal crime, requires the involvement of the FBI.
* Office of Juvenile Justice and Deliquency Prevention
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