05.09.2013

Keep Your Children Safe from Abductions

The recent release of three women who were abducted and held in captivity for 10 years in Cleveland, Ohio, is making headlines. Parents all over the country are worried about their children’s safety. As parents, we at Powell Law understand the mixed emotions of wanting our children to have a happy, carefree childhood vs. wanting to keep them safe. The thought that they could be abducted while taking a walk or riding their bikes after school is horrifying. Keeping calm, using common sense and hoping for the best, while preparing for the worst, is the best strategy.

According to kidshealth.org, approximately 2,100 missing children reports are filed each day in the United States. Many of those cases can be solved more easily if parents can provide essential information about their children, such as height, weight, eye color and a clear recent photo.

What to do

Here are some things parents can do to be prepared:

  • Make sure custody documents are in order.
  • Have ID-like photos taken of your kids every six months and have them fingerprinted. Many local police departments sponsor fingerprinting programs.
  • Keep your kids’ medical and dental records up to date.
  • Make online safety a priority. The Internet is a great tool, but it’s also a place for predators to stalk kids. Be aware of your kids’ Internet activities and chat room “friends,” and remind them never to give out personal information. Avoid posting identifying information or photos of your kids online.
  • Set boundaries about the places your kids go. Supervise them in places like malls, movie theaters, parks, public bathrooms, or while fundraising door to door.
  • Never leave kids alone in a car or stroller, even for a minute.
  • Choose caregivers — babysitters, childcare providers and nannies — carefully and check their references. If you’ve arranged for someone to pick up your kids from school or day care, discuss the arrangements beforehand with your kids and with the school or childcare center.
  • Avoid dressing your kids in clothing with their names on it. Children tend to trust adults who know their names.

More information is available by visiting www.kidshealth.org.

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