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 16-year-old Fannie Rancourt, missing since June 19, 2019, has been found and is doing well. Thank you to all those who shared her poster. ... See MoreSee Less

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Prom… a highlight in the transition to another stage in the life of our teen. Celebrating the success of our teens in their studies is a key moment in their young life. This joyous celebration is often accompanied by parties without parental supervision. We especially want to make sure our teen is safe and knows where to turn to for help. Encourage your teen to share with you as many details as possible about the celebrations, to let you know if their plans change, to be accompanied by friends at all times and to always respect their boundaries. Cherish a space for open communication with your teen, so that he/she can confide in you if need be. The best education they can receive begins at home!
Communicating with your teenager… Yes, it’s possible!

reseauenfantsretour.ong/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Spotlight-on-Safety-Volume-22-Communicating-wi...Le bal des finissants… un moment fort dans le passage vers une autre étape de la vie de nos jeunes. Célébrer la réussite de nos adolescents dans leurs études est un moment marquant de leur jeunesse. Cette célébration s’accompagne souvent de fêtes sans supervision parentale. Nous voulons surtout s’assurer que notre ado est en sécurité et qu’il sait vers où se tourner dans le besoin. Encouragez votre jeune à partager avec vous le plus de détails sur les festivités, à vous aviser de ses changements de plans, à être accompagné d’amis à tout moment et à écouter ses limites. Cultivez un espace de communication ouverte avec votre jeune, afin qu’il puisse se confier s’il en a besoin. Comme quoi la meilleure éducation qu’ils peuvent recevoir commence par celle issue du milieu familial !
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June 21st marks National Indigenous Peoples Day, a day honoring First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities across Canada. On this special day of recognition, we salute our partners at Native Montreal and the Kahnawake Shakotiia'takehnhas Community Services. Together we will continue to empower our youth and help keep them safe! ... See MoreSee Less

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The end of the school year is fast approaching and days are longer and the temperature is getting warmer. Your children surely want to spend more time outdoors! Although children are encouraged to play outdoors and enjoy the sunshine, it is important to remind them to take precautions. Children must always ask for permission before leaving the house and inform the responsible adults where, with whom they are leaving with and the time they will be returning. As soon as there is a change of plans, children must make sure to notify their parents. Also, we strongly encourage children to use the buddy system at all times. Here’s to a fun and safe summer!La fin des classes approche, les journées sont de plus en plus longues et la température se fait plus clémente. Vos enfants souhaitent sûrement passer plus de temps à l’extérieur! Bien que l’on encourage les enfants à jouer dehors et prendre un bon bol d’air frais, certaines précautions sont toutefois importantes à leur rappeler. Il est important de toujours demander la permission avant de quitter la maison et d’informer les adultes responsables où, avec qui on sort et notre heure de retour. Dès que les plans changent, on s’assure d’aviser ses parents. Puis, on encourage les enfants à utiliser le système de copains. Pour un été réjouissant et sécuritaire ! ... See MoreSee Less

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