History

1984

On November 1, 1984, a young boy named Maurice Vien was tragically taken from his family, friends and community. His murder sparked the creation of the Missing Children’s Network.

1990

The Missing Children’s Network transported National Missing Children’s Day to European soil by organizing a special ceremony that brought together several organizations from Brussels, France and England.

1994

The Missing Children’s Network launched its Prevention and Education Program in Day Camps and sensitized thousands of children about the importance of keeping themselves safe.

1998

The Missing Children’s Network, in collaboration with McDonald’s Restaurants and Montreal Police, held an Identification Day on the island of Montreal.

2001

The Child Identification Day is now presented across the province, thanks to McDonald’s Restaurants and law enforcement in Quebec.

2004

The City of Montreal proclaimed May 25th to be National Missing Children’s Day.

2008

Twenty volunteers from the Network reached new heights as they climbed Mt Kilimandjaro and raised over $75,000 in aid of our critical mission.

The Network published Operation Vigilance, a series of three brochures that contain a wealth of safety advice for parents of children 0-17 years-old.

2011

The Missing Children’s Network, in collaboration with ADR-TV, launched Child Alert, an application that allows parents to record and store their child’s profile directly on their smart phones.

2014

The Missing Children’s Network launched Develop Sweet Reflexes, an awareness campaign designed to sensitize parents and children about the importance of developing sound safety strategies, while at the same time raising funds through the sale of the Candy Catcher, a Halloween bag with reflective tape.

2016

The Missing Children’s Network, in collaboration with Groupe Jean Coutu and UPS, hosted a province-wide awareness campaign entitled, Together for Safety.

Over 25,000 activity booklets were distributed to local schools by law enforcement.

2018

Creation of SIGN4L, an application that can save the life of a child and official launch of the SHINE program across the province, following a generous contribution from an anonymous donor.

1986

National Missing Children’s Day was commemorated for the very first time at the Old Port in Montreal. Over 5,000 balloons with photos of missing children were released.

Terry Di Monte of CHOM-FM hosted our first Radiothon of Hope and helped raise over $72,000.

1992

Thanks to Debbie Kolokythias, a 15 year-old Montrealer, the Gazette invited the Missing Children’s Network to run its operations, free of charge, in their building.

1996

The Missing Children’s Network was awarded le Prix du Partenariat by the Montreal Police Service.

The Missing Children’s Network inaugurated its Garden of Hope at the Montreal Botanical Garden.

2000

The Network launched its Prevention and Education Program in local schools in the Greater Montreal area.

2003

The Missing Children’s Network is invited by the RCMP, SQ and Montreal Police Service to implement the Amber Alert program in Quebec.

2006

The Missing Children’s Network, in collaboration with Montreal Police and En Marge 12-17, published Coming Back to Stay, a manual for parents whose children have run away.

2010

Jean Coutu Group became the new partner of our Provincial Child Identification Day and hosted a clinic in over 180 participating pharmacies – in all, 14,998 ID booklets were distributed and completed.

2012

Canada Border Services Agency, Aéroports de Montréal and the Missing Children’s Network joined forces to raise awareness about missing children by displaying photos of 16 children on over 100 LCD screens at Montréal-Trudeau Airport.

The Missing Children’s Network received the prestigious Our Missing Children Award of Excellence in recognition for its leadership and excellence in working together to bring home missing children.

2015

Total Logistics Group of Companies joined our Corporate Partner Poster Campaign by featuring posters of missing children on their trucks. This unprecedented initiative allows thousands of people all across North America to be on the look-out for these children.

The Network collaborated with Facebook Canada in the launch of geo-targeted Amber Alert notices to Facebook users all across Canada.

2017

Implementation of SHINE,  thanks to an anonymous donor, a province-wide program aimed at preventing runaways and the sexual exploitation of youth.

Thanks to Montoni Group, the Missing Children’s Network moved into their new office.

The Missing Children's Network is pleased to inform you that 17-year-old Vanessa Colmor, has been found. Thank you to all of those who shared her picture. ... See MoreSee Less

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At the request of the SPVQ, the Missing Children’s Network is seeking your collaboration in the search for 14 year-old Cloé Lafrance, last seen back on April 7th in Quebec City. ... See MoreSee Less

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REMINDER: The ScotiaBank Challenge – We are Almost There!

Our In Motion for the Missing team is ready to take on the challenge of running 5 or 10 km on April 27th! This year, we are proud to welcome Carole Boisvert, the sister of Danielle Boisvert, missing from Montreal-North since 1976, who will be running 10km in honour of her sister.

We have almost reached our goal of $5,000! Please support our team by making a donation on our team page: bit.ly/2Ro4DTp

On behalf of all the children who are counting on us, we want to say THANK YOU!
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In honor of Missing Chidren’s Month and International Missing Children’s Day, we are proud to share details of our 3rd annual Tiny Tots Walk for Hope.

This year, May 25th lands on a Saturday, and most daycares are closed. With this in mind, we are asking our partner child care centers to pick the day, that works for them and walk 25 minutes in honor of missing children. Last year, 59 child care centers throughout the province joined their voice to ours and raised more than $19,000 for our mission! Our goal this year is $25,000!

If your child care center is interested or if you know a child care center who would be interested in participating in the 2019 Tiny Tots Walk for Hope, please click here for more information or to register: bit.ly/2Zc1B9Q or contact Valerie Cousineau at valeriec@reseauenfantsretour.ong or call her at 514 843-4968 ext. 230.
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13 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 answers, they have been longing for.

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