Missing and Exploited Children

Adopted March 1986 – Reviewed and deemed relevant May 2016 – Community Concerns Commission

California State PTA believes PTA, as an advocate for children, has the responsibility to work with schools as well as social and government agencies to support:

  • The ongoing operation of a state clearinghouse to serve as a missing children information center that would tie into the National Crime Information Center;
  • The maintenance of the California Violent Crime Information Center to assist in the identification and the apprehension of persons responsible for the disappearance and exploitation of children, plus an automated computer system for response to reports of missing children;
  • Requiring local law enforcement agencies to make immediate assessment of steps needed to locate minors and, within 24 hours, file report(s) with clearinghouses and other agencies as may be appropriate;
  • Establishment of a statewide computer system to provide multi-jurisdictional coordination;
  • Programs to assist runaway and homeless youth and their families, including programs to temporarily provide safe shelters while families and/or appropriate agencies are contacted;
  • Legislation that would provide stringent punishment for murderers of children and for perpetrators of serious and repeated physical, mental and sexual abuse crimes against children;
  • Adequate funding for missing children programs and national missing and exploited children centers/clearinghouses;
  • Legislation to require that the school records of missing children who had been attending school are appropriately marked in case another school requests that child’s cumulative folder;
  • Establishment of uniform school district policies statewide that would require appropriate school personnel to immediately contact law enforcement when they believe a child to be missing and report any suspected missing child in attendance at school to law enforcement as is required in cases of suspected child abuse;
  • Encouraging elementary schools to offer age-appropriate child abduction prevention curriculum to children and to their parents;
  • The display of posters or pictures of currently missing children in an area accessible to school personnel only within each school;
  • Ensuring the reintegration of long-term missing children who have been located back into the school system; and
  • Legislation to secure the safety of the school facility.
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