SHINE … A New Prevention Program Aimed At Preventing Youth From Running Away and Falling Victim to Sexual Exploitation!

On Valentine’s Day, the Missing Children’s Network unveiled, SHINE (Self-esteem, Healthy relationships, Independence, No means No, Empowerment), a new interactive prevention program tailored for students in Grades 5 & 6, and Secondary 1. These workshops will be offered in both English and French to schools throughout the province of Quebec and the contents will be customized to reflect the individual needs of the Native communities and at-risk youth.

SHINE is designed to help students build a positive self-image, recognize the components of healthy and egalitarian relationships, learn to set boundaries, thus protecting them from abuse, aggression and exploitation. Seminars will also be presented that will allow parents, legal guardians and educators to gain deeper insight on issues facing teens today and will provide them with tools and resources to prevent their children from falling victim to sexual exploitation. An online directory of services and resources for youth victims of sexual exploitation will soon be available, as well as a turnkey tool kit for educators.


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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Thanks to the nice weather many of you will be celebrating outside this week-end of festivities with your family and friends! We would like to take the time to remind you of a few important safety tips to talk about with your children:

• Upon arrival at your destination, identify with your child all the people and places where he can seek help if needed.
• Remind your child that he must stay within eyesight at all times.
• Should your child become separated from you, go to the nearest Help/Information Centre and ask for assistance from an employee. This person is usually identified with a name badge.
• Tell your child if they are approached by anyone who tries to take them away that they are to yell, “This person is not my father (mother)! I need help!”
• Remind your child to never leave to look for you or return to the car without you.
• Instruct your child to never accept gifts, prizes or offers from anyone without first asking for your permission
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Un petit mot d'encouragement pour les recherches de Ariel Jeffrey Kouakou, 10 ans:

«Bon matin à vous tous je prends un instant pour dire que mes pensées sont avec le petit garçon manquant à l’appel à Montréal. Je suis de tout cœur en pensées avec la famille, et je prie énormément qu’on le retrouve sain et sauf. J’ai donc beaucoup de peine pour eux il y a juste un mot pour tout cela : ESPOIR, car sans espoir il n’y a rien.»

Dolorès, maman de Jolène Riendeau
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Two whole years has passed since Gilberto Cardinal-Fernandes vanished without a trace!

Two years ago on this day Gilberto told his roommate that he was going for a walk and not to worry. Sadly he has not been seen since.
Today, we think of his family who wishes nothing more than to see him again. With your help, we can give the family the gift of closure. Thank you for sharing Gilberto’s poster. One tip is all we need to resolve this case.
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Update: Please be advised the AMBER ALERT has been canceled but the search continues for Ariel Jeffrey Kouakou.

At the request of the SPVM, the Missing Children’s Network is seeking your collaboration in the search for 10 year-old Ariel Jeffrey Kouakou, last seen back on March 12th in Montreal.
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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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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!


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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