Safety, Prevention, Education & Advice

Just out of reach

Tom waited for over two hours to pick up his daughter Libby from a scheduled visit with her mother. He finally made a phone call, hoping to discover what was causing the delay, and found that Rachel, his ex-wife, unexpectedly…

What to do if your child runs away

First, contact your child’s friends and his/her boyfriend/girlfriend, family, your estranged spouse and his/her family, neighbors, your child’s employer, principal, teachers, coaches, counselors and extracurricular activity leaders. Find out if your child’s boyfriend/girlfriend or any other friends are missing. Check…

Why children run away

Youths entering their adolescent years face many transitions. Physical changes occur in conjunction with a striving for personal identity and autonomy. In the runaway, however, attempts to gain independence in a mature, self-sufficient manner fail. Despite the many reasons runaways…

FHP offers shopping safety advice

Don’t let criminals be your “scrooge” this holiday. Take a few precautions when you venture out to do Christmas shopping and you will “take a bite out of crime”. Personal Safety at Malls The threat of physical assault does not…

Vanished Part 1: When a parent takes a child

COURTNEY BRUMMER, Staff Writer 02/05/2005 ========== EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in a two-part series about parental abductions. The abduction of a child can be a parent’s worst nightmare. But what if the abductor is the other parent? In…

Vanished Part 2: When a parent takes a child

COURTNEY BRUMMER, Staff Writer 02/06/2005 EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second in a two-part series about parental abductions. In a report to the U.S. Department of Justice concerning parental abductions, Ernest Allen, president and chief operating officer of the National…