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.

In honour of National Volunteer Week, we would like to highlight Costa Hovris, a longtime and devoted volunteer.
Costa is a graphic artist by profession and for the past 24 years, has designed countless of posters, logos and other visuals for the Network. His latest creation is the adorable logo he designed for our newest campaign, Tiny Tots Walk for Hope that will take place on May 25th.
Costa, we are eternally grateful for all the time, talent and effort that you have dedicated to our cause and cannot thank you enough for keeping missing children in your heart!

If you are interested to volunteer for The Missing Children's Network, please contact Jessica Vitulano (development@missingchildrensnetwork.ngo).
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The Missing Children's Network is pleased to inform you that 17-year-old Cloé Landry, has been found. Thank you to all of those who shared her picture. ... See MoreSee Less

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The Missing Children's Network is pleased to inform you that 14-year-old Isaora Thaisa Tavares Assuncao, has been found. Thank you to all of those who shared her picture ... See MoreSee Less

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This week is National Volunteer Week! #NVW2018
We wish to thank from the bottom of our hearts people who have dedicated themselves to the cause of missing children.
Thank you for existing and thank you for your precious help!
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12 years ago today, Francis-Albert Cloutier disappeared without leaving a trace.
The next morning, his car was located on an ATV trail in St-Amable. Since that day, no one has either seen or heard from Francis. His family will not stop searching until they finally have the answer they have been looking for.

Today, let’s keep hope alive for Francis and his family.
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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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