Angels In Mourning, a mystery suspense novel by David Wind
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Writing this novel made me even more aware of the ongoing problems of missing children.  I say more aware  because I was a victim of this, over twenty years ago.  While that may be in the past, the issue has never strayed far from my mind, and Angels In Mourning is the story of what might happen to all the victims of such a tragedy.  What I mean by ALL the victims is that it's not just the child who goes missing, who is the victim, it's the parents and the siblings and all of the family's close relatives as well.

Children go missing for a variety of reasons, among them are family abductions, non-family abductions, abandonments and runaways.  Within these categories are even more.  Pedophile kidnapping, sexual predators abductions, murder and so on.  This is a disease that needs to be stopped and our children protected.

Below are listings of Stats, web site resources and agencies that can help.

Missing Children Statistics

  • A child goes missing every 40 seconds in the U.S, over 2,100 per day
  • On average, almost 800,000 children are reported missing each year
  • Another 500,000 go missing without ever being reported…”

      Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

The U.S. Department of Justice reports*

  • 797,500 children (younger than 18) were reported missing
    in a one-year period of time studied resulting in an average
    of 2,185 children being reported missing each day.
  • 203,900 children were the victims of family abductions.
  • 58,200 children were the victims of non-family abductions.

*National Estimates of Missing Children: An Overview" in National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway, and Thrownaway Children. Washington, DC: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, October 2002, page 5.]

NISMART Bulletin:  Non-Family Abductions

LINKS to Missing Children websites

FBI - Crimes Against Children

National Center For Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC)

Amber Watch Foundation

Missing Child ACC Organization

Los Angels County District Attorney's Office

Child Search Information Pages

County of San Diego Distict Attorneys Office

National Incidence Studies of Missing Children

Missing Children - The Family Encyclopedia

Child Abduction Resources Center

Charity Guide re: Child Abductions


Association of Missing and Exploited Children's Organizations
PO Box 130
Bronxville, NY 10708
Phone: (914) 667-7599
Toll-free: 1-877-AMECO-20 (263-2620)
Organization of member agencies in the U.S. and Canada dedicated to serve the cause of missing and exploited children, their families and the community.

Child Find (CANADA)
212 2211 McPhillips Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R2V 3M5
Phone: (204)339-5584
Toll-free: 1-800-387-7962

International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children
Charles B. Wang International Children's Building
699 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-3175
Phone: (703) 274-3900
Working to provide a coordinated, international response to the problem of missing and exploited children and creation of a global missing children website network.

Interpol Missing Children Search
General Secretariat
200, quai Charles de Gaulle
69006 Lyon
Interpol maintains a data base of missing and abducted children on behalf of the 181 member countries.

Missing Children Society of Canada
Suite 219, 3501 - 23 Street NE
Calgary, Alberta T2E 6V8
Phone: (403) 291-0705
Toll-free: 1-800-661-6160

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Charles B. Wang International Children's Building
699 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-3175
Phone: (703) 274-3900
Toll-free: 1-800-843-5678

National Runaway Switchboard
Toll-free: 1-800-621-4000
24-hour crisis line, referrals to shelters, food, counseling, travel assistance.

Our Missing Children Registry
c/o National Missing Children Services
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
1200 Vanier Parkway
P.O. Box 8885
K1G 3M8
Phone: (613) 993-1525
Toll Free: 1-877-318-3576
Canada's National Clearinghouse for missing children. Website available in English and French.

Team H.O.P.E.
310 Pensdale St.
Philadelphia, Pa. 19128
Toll-free: 1-866-305-HOPE
Support network for families with missing children.

Vanished Children's Alliance
991 W. Hedding Street, Suite 101
San Jose, California 95126
Phone: (408) 296-1113
Toll-free: 1-800-VANISHED
Non-profit corporation providing nationwide and overseas assistance to families in all categories of missing children: non-family (stranger) abductions, family abductions, and runaways.

Youth Crisis Hotline
Toll-free: 1-800-HIT-HOME
Services for runaway and homeless youth, crisis counseling, referrals to food, shelter, and travel assistance.


Child Sexual Abuse directory of websites -- This webpage was submitted by reader Sara Downs

**As more information becaomes available it will be added to the web site.
for kids from  the


Know what emergency numbers to call if you're home alone and you need help.

Don't give out your name, age, address and phone number on the Internet.

Never go anywhere without checking with your parents first, and make sure they know when you'll be back.

Don't get close to any car that slows down or stops near you. If the car stops near you, run away and go tell a trusted adult.

Always use the "Buddy System." Take a buddy with you whenever you go out to play or walk to school.

Say "NO!" and run away if someone tries to touch you in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable or scared. It is your body and no one has the right to touch you or kiss you in parts covered by a bathing suit. Go tell your parents or a trusted adult.

If someone tries to hurt you, yell for help, fight as hard as you can and run away.

Keep doors and windows locked and secured when you're home alone. Don't open the door and don't let anyone in without your parents' permission.

Stay with your parents or a trusted adult when you are at the mall, amusement park or other public areas. If you lose them, go to the nearest security officer or store clerk with a nametag and tell them that you're lost.

Never take short cuts. Always walk along well-traveled streets and follow the route that your parents planned out for you to go to school or other activities.

Don't tell anyone on the phone that your parents are not at home. Just say, "they can't come to the phone right now," and take a message.

Always check first with your parents before you accept anything from anyone, even from someone you know. If someone gives you something, or does something to you, and tells you to keep it a secret, tell your parents.

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