Montreal, Quebec –
Throughout the month of November, the Missing Children’s Network is dedicated to raising awareness about the plight of runaway youth in our province and what families can do to protect their children.
Every year in Quebec, on average 5,000 cases of missing children are reported to law enforcement. Surprisingly, 90% of these cases involve runaway youth between the ages of 12 to 17.
Throughout the month, the Missing Children’s Network will share a series of prevention tips and resources on social media and our website, for parents and professionals.
When visiting the Missing Children’s Network website you can also find a variety of safety documents designed to help parents and caregivers better understand the situations that youth face and help them initiate delicate conversations with their children, particularly around abuse and sexual exploitation.
Publications available for download include:
- “SHINE Brighter: For you and your child Guidelines for Parents of Pre-Teens”
- “Teen Runaways: Signs, Prevention and What to Do if They Run”
- “Sexual Exploitation of Teens”
The organization will also be conducting safety workshops in dozens of schools in the province and will sensitize students about the dangers of running away, and provide them with alternatives. Recent studies have shown that children with healthy self-esteem and a positive self-image are less vulnerable to abductions, assaults, and exploitation.
The Missing Children’s Network is here to provide assistance and support to all families in need.
For more information, please contact:
514-843-4333 Ext. 224
About the Missing Children’s Network:
Founded in 1985, the Missing Children’s Network is a non-profit organization with a mission to assist parents in the search for their missing children and contribute, through public education, to the reduction of child disappearances. To learn more, visit www.missingchildrensnetwork.ngo.