May 25, 2015
For Immediate Release
For every missing child, there is a family that has been living a nightmare for months or even years. These families need to know that they are not alone in their search and we all need to remain vigilant in keeping the faces of these children in the public eye.
Today, on International Missing Children’s Day, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection’s MissingKids.ca program is proud to be working with law enforcement across the country to raise the profile of long-term missing children cases. We are joining with more than a dozen police agencies to remind Canadians that any information can help in the search for a missing child.
“Whether a child has just disappeared or has been missing for decades, your tip may be the key piece needed to assist an investigation or provide answers to a family,” said Christy Dzikowicz, Director of Missing Children Services at the Canadian Centre. “The reality is that individuals out there knows something about these disappearances, and we all have a responsibility to do everything we can to help bring these children home.”
Missingkids.ca is Canada’s national missing children resource and response centre. Canadians can view more than 100 historic cases in our Missing Children Database by visiting www.missingkids.ca/app/en/missing_children_database.
Anyone with information about a missing child is urged to contact MissingKids.ca- 24-hours a day, by calling 1-866-KID-TIPS (1-866-543-8477) or police. Tips can also be submitted online at www.missingkids.ca. All information can be shared confidentially.
MissingKids.ca is made possible thanks in part to the support of the Government of Canada, and the generous support of our MissingKids.ca Founding Partners: CIBC, the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association, Google and Lifetouch.
If you are a member of the media and would like to arrange an interview with one of our spokespeople please contact our communications team:
Communications, Canadian Centre for Child Protection
About Missing Children’s Day: May 25th was proclaimed as Missing Children’s Day in 1983 to mark the day in 1979 that 6-year-old Etan Patz left home to walk the two blocks to his New York City school bus and vanished. Missing Children’s Day is now a time to remember all of the missing children across the country whose families are still searching. It is a day of renewed hope for families and a reminder for all Canadians to keep searching.
About the Canadian Centre for Child Protection: The goal of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (www.protectchildren.ca) is to reduce child victimization by providing programs and services to the Canadian public. The Canadian Centre operates Cybertip.ca (www.cybertip.ca), Canada’s tipline to report the online sexual exploitation of children; MissingKids.ca (www.missingkids.ca), a national missing children resource and response centre; Kids in the Know (www.kidsintheknow.ca), an interactive child personal safety program for children in Kindergarten to high school; and Commit to Kids (www.commit2kids.ca), a program to help child-serving organizations create safer environments for the children in their care and reduce their risk of sexual abuse.