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Causes: Crime & Law, Crime Prevention, Disaster Aid, Hot Lines & Crisis Intervention, Mental Health, Safety Education

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.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I worked for this organization for over a year. Even though I moved on my heart is still in this organization to this day. This is a non-profit where you can really feel the care, intention, and mission being lived out everyday by the staff, board members, and supporters. When a child goes missing, it is THEIR child too. When an organization wants to learn more about abduction safety, it becomes their mission to teach them. They are a staff of very few people, but the heart of millions. I would do whatever they asked of me because I believe in VCA.