Resources

The Missing Children’s Network provides resources for families and the professionals who serve them. The Network has a variety of publications regarding abduction, child sexual exploitation and safety.

Runaways

Police forces define a runaway as follows: “A child less than 18 years of age who runs away from the family home or from a substitute place of residence.”

Runaways are not bad children! They are usually children that possibly face various problems in their family milieu. Some situations become so intolerable to them that they end up thinking that living anywhere else would be better than living in the family home. Parents are not always aware of the problems that their children face, and then one day, disaster strikes and they run away. This event is followed by a period of great anxiety, stress and soul-searching for the parents.

Given the number, frequency and profile of the young people involved, there is an unfortunate tendency to down play this type of disappearance. Runaways are vulnerable. Since they must take care of themselves, there is a very real risk that they will become involved in criminal activities such as prostitution, drugs, theft or others.

Thank you for all of your time and devotion to something we hold very dear; the safety of our students!!

St-Lambert Elementary

It is quite alarming to note that one third of runaway youth will fall victim to sexual exploitation in Quebec! The process of entering into sexual exploitation can last a long time. Over this period, the youth’s vulnerability will be used to manipulate them into believing that they are in a loving relationship. At this age, teens can sometimes have trouble recognizing what constitutes a healthy relationship. As a parent, it’s important to be a model for your children. It is essential to remind them that respect, communication and equality are the base of all healthy relationships. Furthermore, by being present and showing our support, our child is more likely to come to us when in need. Even though our teen may want to make their own decisions, they will always need guidance and support from their parents!

reseauenfantsretour.ong/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Spotlight-on-Safety-Volume-29-Sexual-Exploitat...Il est alarmant de constater que l’exploitation sexuelle touche un tiers des jeunes fugueurs au Québec! Le processus d’entrée dans l’exploitation sexuelle peut s’étendre sur une longue période de temps à travers laquelle on profitera de la vulnérabilité de l’adolescent pour lui faire croire par plusieurs manigances qu’il est en relation amoureuse. Or, à cet âge, parfois les adolescents ont de la difficulté à reconnaître les composantes d’une relation saine. Comme parent, nous sommes l’exemple à montrer à notre enfant. Il est primordial de lui rappeler que le respect, la communication et l’égalité sont des éléments phares pour une relation harmonieuse. Puis, en témoignant notre présence et soutien, il pourra toujours nous consulter en cas de besoin. Même si notre adolescent souhaite prendre ses propres décisions, il a toujours besoin de conseils et d’écoute venant de ses parents!

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Today is Universal Child Day!
Every day, we honor children by teaching them to be savvy, strong and safe!
How will you honour your child today?Aujourd’hui, nous soulignons la Journée mondiale de l’enfance!
Tous les jours, nous honorons les enfants en leur enseignant à être avertis, forts et sécuritaires.
Comment allez-vous honorer votre enfant aujourd’hui?
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At the request of the Sûreté du Québec, the Missing Children’s Network is seeking your collaboration in the search for 17 year old Raphaël Edoryan Mbiaga Boum.

The last time Raphaël was seen, he was in the area of Joliette. Thanks for sharing!
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The Missing Children's Network is pleased to inform you that 15-year-old Lina Yamini missing since November 17, 2019 has been found and is doing well. Thank you to all those who shared her poster. ... See MoreSee Less

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As part of Runaway Prevention Month , our SHINE Coordinator and Maylissa Luby, intervention counsellor of our partnering organisation, La Sortie/The Way Out, held an important workshop with students at Perspectives I & II High School. The presentation allowed for open discussion regarding self-esteem, healthy relationships, setting limits and the reality of runaway youth and sexual exploitation. Students from Secondary 3, 4 and 5 were all very receptive and enjoyed the opportunity to talk freely and openly about very sensitive yet crucial topics.

Thank you Perspectives I & II High School for warmly welcoming us and for the opportunity to address issues that our teens are confronted with on a daily basis.Dans le contexte du mois de prévention des fugues, notre coordonnatrice du programme AIMER en partenariat avec Maylissa Luby, intervenante de l’organisme La Sortie/The Way Out ont tenu un atelier spécial pour les élèves des écoles secondaires Perspectives 1 et 2. La présentation a permis d’ouvrir la discussion sur l’estime de soi, les relations saines et la mise de limites. Ils ont aussi parlé de la réalité des fugues d’adolescents et de l’exploitation sexuelle. Les élèves de secondaire 3 à 5 étaient très réceptifs et ont apprécié d’avoir l’opportunité de parler ouvertement à propos de ces sujets importants et cruciaux.

Merci aux écoles secondaires Perspectives 1 et 2 pour leur accueil chaleureux et la belle opportunité d’aborder les problématiques auxquelles nos adolescents sont confrontés au quotidien.
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