April: Autism Awareness Month

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A study conducted in the United States found that nearly 50% of children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have a tendency to wander or bolt from a safe environment.

More than one third of the children with autism who wander are unable to communicate their name, address or phone number. Many of these children and teenagers have little understanding of dangers associated with wandering including drowning, traffic-related injuries, accidents, falls, dehydration and hypothermia.
Children with ASD often leave a safe environment to get to something of interest, or away from something, such as loud noises or bright lights. As a parent, there is no one else that knows your child as well as you do. If you are the caregiver of a child/adult with autism, and your loved one demonstrates wandering tendencies, following are some preventative measures that may help keep him safe.

C’est avec joie que le Réseau Enfants-Retour vous annonce que Hugo Sigouin-Fortin, 17 ans, a été retrouvé. Merci d'avoir partagé sa photo.
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The Missing Children's Network is pleased to inform you that 17-year-old Hugo Sigouin-Fortin, has been found. Thank you to all of those who shared his picture.
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Today is Earth Day!
Many of us will be outdoors with our family - whether you will be participating in clean-up operations or simply going for a walk, remember to always stay within eyesight of one another! In the event that you are separated from your children, remind them to never leave the premises or return to the car without you.
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In honor of National Volunteer Week, we would like to present Dannie McWilliams, another dear volunteer who has been supporting our cause for the last nine years. Dannie is a wonderful support at all our major fundraising events taking on the role and responsibilities of a Site Manager. Dannie is always ready to lend a helping hand and does her utmost to ensure that both our Dragon Boat and Golf Classic run smoothly from beginning to end! We truly appreciate all your help, kindness and dedication to our cause! Thank you!

If you are interested to volunteer for The Missing Children's Network, please contact Jessica Vitulano (development@missingchildrensnetwork.ngo).
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As part of National Volunteer Week, we would like to pay a special tribute to Tracy Killen. Tracy has been volunteering her time with the Missing Children’s Network since 2008. She is a familiar face at our Annual Dragon Boat Challenge and for several years has motivated family, friends and colleagues to join her boat and raise awareness about the plight of missing children. Tracy feels compelled to support families whose children have gone missing, and as a mom, she has encouraged her young children to get involved in this important annual event. We are thrilled that Tracy has turned our Dragon Boat Challenge into a fun family event. Although her boat may not have always finish into first place, in our eyes she’s a real champ and has won our hearts!

If you are interested to volunteer for The Missing Children's Network, please contact Jessica Vitulano (development@missingchildrensnetwork.ngo).
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Jesse Galganov Fund

At the request of the family, the Missing Children’s Network has created the Jesse Galganov Fund. The family of Jesse Galganov is trying to locate their son who has been missing since September 28, 2017 while on a hiking trip in Peru. They have not heard from Jesse in...

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Come Row With Us and Help Us Bring Missing Children Home!

Are you looking for a novel, high-energy, colourful and memorable teambuilding activity?  An unforgettable experience that is open to all, no matter your age or fitness level? Why not try your hand at Dragon Boating, one of the fastest growing sports in the world, and...

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Make a Donation

Your financial help allows us to offer quality services to families and professionals.

Eighty-six cents ($0.86) of every dollar received goes directly to our recovery and prevention programs.

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Heartfelt words of gratitude

An American woman wrote to us the morning of March 29th to thank us for the help that we provided her with 19 years-ago when she was reunited with her son. Her kind words were for our Senior Case Manager, Patrick Bergeron:

“Hi Patrick,

It was wonderful speaking with you today.  When I think of you, I am filled with gratitude that you were there for me and Sam when we needed you most.  Thank you for what you did for us and thank you for everything you do for missing children and their families.  You are a giant among men.”

This kind of testimony motivates our team to continue its quest to reunite families with their children!

Abby

Mother of Sam, missing child recovered on March 29, 1998

Since I have been donating to your organization, I have been very lucky not to have lost any of my children and I now have 4 grandchildren!  I will always continue to support this cause that is very dear to me. Losing a child for a mere 20 seconds is such a dreadful feeling, and I could never ever imagine feeling like this until my child was returned home.  I wish that so many other parents could share the same blessing I have had. My heart goes out to everyone who has a missing child. Keep up the fantastic work Pina , please. You and your team are amazing!!

Sandra Bolduc

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