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I have seen and/or have information about a missing child, what should I do?

If you have the Law Enforcement contact information pertaining to the case, call them immediately, then report your sighting and/or information online here or call 1-800-LOOKOUT (566-5688) or 1 (425) 771-SEEK (7335), available 24/7.

Can I report a sighting and/or give information about a missing child anonymously?

Yes. To remain anonymous, call our 24-hour HELPLINE at 1-800-LOOKOUT (566-5688) or 1 (425) 771-SEEK (7335), available 24/7.

What happens if the child(ren) is missing from an abusive home?

The welfare of the child is our primary concern. If child abuse is a factor, we inform the proper authorities and take necessary steps to assure the child's well being.

What happens if an abuser is searching for the child(ren)?

While it is uncommon that an abuser can satisfy our strict screening protocol, should one slip past, upon detection, a case manager would contact the authorities and alert child search centers in the USA and Canada.

When dysfunction exists in the household, are there alternatives for the child(ren)?

Case Managers make every effort to ensure that the child(ren) will not be returned to a bad living environment; rather, an alternative living arrangement will be planned.

What is a typical scenario of a child(ren) who's been stolen?

Parental love for one's child(ren) rarely motivates abduction. Research indicates higher rates of abuse, neglect, and incest of the abducted child(ren); they are often pulled in many directions, lied to, undernourished, under-educated, forced to live like fugitives, and subjected to name and birthday changes, amongst other things. It is unlawful to conceal the whereabouts of a child from their custodial parent; therefore, this is a serious crime, which is punishable by the fullest extent of the law.

Are there statistics to support the need to send out a Call to Action for Missing Kids?

Yes. The statistics are located here.

The data in the research and news stories are staggering. They tell a gripping tale of trauma to the family bond. Innocent children disappear at the hands of strangers, non-custodial parents, and due to runaway or unexplained circumstances. Domestic violence, poverty, sexual assault, and child abuse are quite often woven into the fabric of these disappearances.

The incidences of sexual predator activities, combined with familial strains create enough reason to send out a CALL TO ACTION to every citizen from all countries and origins to contribute to this important cause. We not only have to be able, we have to be willing to help because being abused, abandoned, or abducted should NEVER be an option. These kids have nowhere else to turn but to you and me....

Do you have safety tips to help keep my child(ren) safe online?

Yes. Refer to the FBI's Publication -- A Parent's Guide to Internet Safety here and YELLO DYNO's child-empowering, musically enhanced program for children. Other resources can be found here.

Can you provide me with a list of internet safety resources?
Can you tell me how to find out if a sex offender lives in my neighborhood?

Yes. Click here for the information.

What is an Amber Alert?

Click here for the information.

Do you distribute information, articles, and educational material?

Yes. Periodically we distribute Missing Child "E"Lerts and educational materials. Our website includes our online magazine, The LOOKOUT Magazine, and it is always expanding with timely information about missing children and has been designed for caring adults and children, so they can help too.

What is a Missing Child "E"Lert?

A Missing Child "E"Lert is sent via email to inform you of current or newly registered missing children with OPERATION LOOKOUT®. When you enroll, we'll keep you informed with special communiqués and reports of some of the youth who are missing through our Missing Children "E"Lert emails. To make these stories public information, we provide our families assurances of confidentiality, and, as a result, they provide us with a Worldwide Hold Harmless Agreement, thus they qualify as 'media ready' cases resulting from our strict screening protocol.

Email addresses provided directly or by third party friends are added to our ever-increasing Missing Child "E"Lert email lists for the express purpose to broad-scope blast a missing child's image to the public.

We value your privacy and you are in control and can discontinue receipt of emails at any time.

How can I subscribe to your Missing Child "E"Lert?

To subscribe to our Missing Child "E"Lert or if you received one via "forward" and you would like to be emailed directly, enroll here.

Where can I find a current list of FOUND Children?

An accumulative Recovery Report (a list of FOUND children) from year beginning to prior month end is located here.

How can I unsubscribe from your postal mailings or Missing Child "E"LERT Emails?

Please see our Privacy Policy

What is your Privacy Policy?

Our Privacy Policy can be found at the bottom of each page on our website.

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