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.

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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