VANISHED CHILDREN'S ALLIANCE

Rating: 5 stars   13 reviews

Issues: Mental Health, Disaster Aid, Crime & Law

Location: 991 W Hedding St Suite 101 San Jose CA 95126 USA

Mission: Every 40 seconds in America, a child vanishes. Children are our most valuable resource, and it is up to all of us to ensure their safety. Families enduring the tragedy of a missing child need the widest possible range of help.  VCA provides holistic, compassionate, immediate, and expert professional assistance to thousands of families and children, free of charge.
Results: Since our inception, Vanished Children’s Alliance has assisted in the location, recovery, reunification, and reintegration of over 35,000 children.
Target demographics: Services targeting the families of missing and abducted children; abduction prevention services for children 0-17; photo dissemination services through posters, fax broadcasts, and vending outreach stickers targeting the general public; missing child location and recovery services and photo dissemination targeting law enforcement
Geographic areas served: Casework Services and Prevention Education Materials Nationwide. Child Abduction Prevention Presentations Throughout Northern California;
Programs: Through its Outreach Department, the Vanished Children's Alliance has developed and provides age-appropriate educational programs and materials for children and adults focused on all aspects of child abduction safety and prevention. VCA's outreach department also provides child fingerprinting services at community wide child safety events and health fairs. Working collaboratively and in support of law enforcement and other appropriate agencies, VCA operates a Casework Department for the identification, location, recovery, reunification, and reintegration of missing, abducted, and runaway children with their families. The Casework Department works on the local, regional, state, national, and international levels. In addition to normal casework activity, the Department develops and distributes posters and photographs of missing children, and offers, to law enforcment, a Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) for missing and abducted child cases, where appropriate. VCA operates a 24-hour "toll-free hotline" (800-VANISHED)for emergency intakes, leads and sightings that connects the caller directly to a trained Caseworker. VCA provides in-house translation services and also offers legal assistance, a national speakers bureau, national trainings and seminars to law enforcement and community groups, and much more.

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Rating: 5 stars  

36 people found this review helpful

On Oct. 22nd, I visited the VCA facility in Jose and the ladies that work at this facility took the time to talk to me about what they do as individuals and as team. From what I gathered, they go above and beyond to bring missing children back home throughout the United States; that to me is a passion to do some good for the world. The shifts members were really friendly and excited about what they do. We need more people like you who want to make a difference in this world. I personally command you on what you do and continue to do for the community. There it is a GOLD STAR for every child you find after being separated from their loved-ones. I don't know each of you by name yet, but I hope to continue this relationship by volunteering in areas you may need help and get to know you. I do call upon our community to help in any way they can as the communities around you need your help. Make a difference in someone life, make a connection with someone you don't know, and be a hero for someone special. I am just grateful that I had the opportunity to visit and understand the extends of VCA work. Thanks to each of you for your hard work and making me feel comfortable during my visit. You guys are a great team and keep up the awesome work. There's a lot need to be done, so this is your chance to do the world some good. You are very much encouraged to check out VCA website and take the time and get to know the blessing in our community. Just go and check them out, (trust me), you will learn more that a thing or two. Thanks

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

It's not about the money but making a difference. One can leave a lasting impression but $$$ can be spent within few hours of getting it.

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2008-1-01

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35 people found this review helpful

VCA has been a shinning star in the dark for me. They've never missed sending cards or any correspondence and updates regarding my case and information on many others as well. In fact they've been the light that has uplifted my saddest moments. The organization did not waste any time in doing an age progression photo, and the continued dissemenation of information of my case; for that I am very grateful. This organization is much needed.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly and supportive of my case and has reached out to me when I least expected. They make a difference in the life of those in loss.

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Everette Abdul'Faruq

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2008-10-01

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28 people found this review helpful

As one of the oldest missing children's organizations in the US, VCA is rich with experience and passion. Those involved provide empathy and guidance to searching parents as well as those parents who seek to prevent their children from going missing. I learned a lot from VCA, and will carry my experience from VCA with me into my professional and personal life. An amazing organization, please support them!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the people. each one of them possess qualities that in turn run VCA with passion and determination.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

assist the casework department in accessing more resources to assist searching families in finding their missing children, and assist the outreach department in expanding their prevention program.

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2007-9-01

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33 people found this review helpful

I have had the pleasure of working with the Vanished Children's Alliance (VCA) for several years now. They have been fantastic in providing training and materials to our agency (law enforcement) so that we can be better equipt to talk with the public about maintaining a safe enviroment for children to avoid being abducted, a parent's worst nightmare. I have never had a problem with any employee of the organization and would encourage anyone reading this to check out their website.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The comments received by the parents.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very helpful.

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Yuba County Sheriff Department

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30 people found this review helpful

VCA is a small organization but you wouldn't know it by how much they do for so many people. The passion in what they do is apparent every day and the impact they have on so many families throughout the country is inspiring and amazing. I have seen first hand the passion behind VCA by witnessing the dedication and committment in their staff.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated and completely committed to making a difference in lives of so many people.

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2008-1-01

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27 people found this review helpful

We had the VCA help us with our Child ID program on Halloween. Our volunteers at the Rocklin Police Department have been putting together Child ID kits for about four years at no cost to the parents. Recently we were trying to find more accurate and faster methods. VCA's Amy Renaud drove clear from San Jose to Rocklin (near Sacramento)to train us on their technique. It's more hi-tech than ours with much better fingerprint quality. We have been using Polaroid for our pictures because of the speed and it has been discontinued. The VCA combination of camera and fingerprint scan worked very well. The picture quality was not very good but we had low lighting so that may have contributed. Thank you to Amy and Kristin for their support and to VCA for a fine program.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

A terrific Child ID kit for parents to keep in case their child is missing.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They are so willing to help.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

First rate.

Ways to make it better...

Improve picture quality.

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Rocklin Police Department

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26 people found this review helpful

VCA is an amazing place that does great work for our communities. I have had some contact with the staff and they are very dedicated to the cause. VCA is a non-profit missing children's organization, with valuable resources available to the community. I would recommend checking this place out.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

It's effort to raise awareness on the issue of missing children.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The resources it provides and the quality of work in prevention and recovery efforts.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Likeable and a few are bilingual.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Continue providing prevention,locating, and recovery efforts to children/parents across the nation. Make homecomings possible...

Ways to make it better...

I had more time.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

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2008-5-01

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27 people found this review helpful

This is an organization where you can tell that people honestly care. Each and every staff member's heart is in this cause and they show it by the support they give to searching families, by the assistance they give to law enforcement, and the services they offer to the community.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the people and the dedication to keeping all children safe and bringing missing and abducted children home.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

obviously dedicated and really care about the children behind the cause. Each missing child is just that...a missing child...not just a case number.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand its abduction prevention program to present across the country.

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VCA

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2008-11-01

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25 people found this review helpful

I have seen presentations done by their Outreach staff and they were amazing! The presenter made an effort to keep the presentation age-appropriate and interesting for the kids. She was quick to acknowledge kids' opinions and made an effort to validate them (and guide them to a better answer when neccessary). If I were still in the classroom, I would schedule this group again!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

students enjoyed the presentation and continued to talk about it afterwards

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the presenter was efficient, she showed up on time and had everything she needed to make the presentation a success

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

well organized and professional

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do so much for children!

Ways to make it better...

presenter had had more time to spend with the kids...the packets she distributed had so much information..it is hard to cover it all.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

exposure. Prior to the presentation, I had never heard of VCA.

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2007-3-01

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28 people found this review helpful

This organization has a heart of gold...For every case there is hope with this organization and many times that is all a missing child and their torn and desperate family needs to keep the faith. The VCA's mission is not only to help find a missing child but these people create prevention plans, build awareness and a house a consistent place for families to trust when the life of a innocent child is threatened...this is heroic. I live in LA and have heard of them..they definitely deserve more credit they so greatly deserve it. Thank you for your selflessness. LA could use a VCA office here.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Cases closed and cases resolved with the finding of a missing child

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the passion of those who work at VCA, San Jose Professional,"real people" with true hearts for this cause

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

absolutely the best...every single one of them.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Make the U.S a safer place for our children. they pose a threat to anyone who means any harm to little ones.

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The ID AGENCY LLC & MY BAG CARES LLC

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2008-9-01

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