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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EIN 94-2783682
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Rating: 5 stars  

26 people found this review helpful

For an organization which helps so many people and communities around the country the VCA do not get enough thanks. With a small team the staff work extremely hard to assist in any way they can. Watching first hand the way everyone at the VCA works, with a small budget and willingness to help you can tell they really do the work for the community and with little thought to their own personal gain.

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

witnessing firsthand how a non-profit works. It opened up my eyes to all the behind the scenes issues they have to deal with. It is such a shame how little help they receive when they are working for the community.

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

so friendly despite being overworked. Volunteering at the VCA was a pleasure which made it difficult for me to leave. Would recommend others to volunteer there as they are understaffed and are a great team to work with.

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

solve so many problems. It would mean so much to them to receive funds.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The Vanished Children's Alliance provides so many services! The Outreach Department is geared towards abduction prevention, providing saftety presentations and information to children and adults. They also provide fingerprinting in-house and at various events. The Casework Department assists families and law enforcement nationwide in missing child cases, providing support, poster dissemination and active case management. The Vending Department provides missing child stickers to vendors to place on their machines, helping to get the word out on the missing child and the issue of missing and abducted children. VCA is a wonderful asset that everyone should know about. Spread the word...donate or volunteer today!

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

the nicest group of people you will ever meet! They are all passionate about this cause and it shows! Without them, the organization wouldn't survive.

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

help families forever! With that much money, VCA could provide its services without ever worrying that money would run out. They could blanket the nation with safety tips and hire a larger staff.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2004-5-01

 
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