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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Crime & Law, Crime Prevention

Mission: Assist law enforcement in the recovery of missing children, alzheimer's patients, and college students.

Programs: A child is missing assists law enforcement in search and early recovery efforts for missing children, elderly (often with alzheirmer's), college students (on campus) or disabled individuals through the use of rapid response telephony systems, with benefits from the institution services. This is done the first hours of their disappearance. The organization also offers education programs for law enforcement and others.

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3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Disappointing is to grossly understate the situation.

Huge staff turnaround as the head of the org has very poor managerial and leadership skills. Preys upon the the the good-natured and charitable to give long hours, low pay and brings down morale by focusing on the negative rather than the positive.

Accountants, IT, fundraising staff and more all jump ship as rapidly as possible - people with the best interests of children in mind leave while those looking to profit from the misery of others remain.

At least twenty-eight people have turned over in 3 year’s time here. When one considers that they have 14 positions, five of them part-time and not all 14 existed for that full time, that’s a sure sign of a problem.

Misleading info regarding recoveries - credit is taken whenever a recovery is made on a project is touched by them, not necessarily if they are directly responsible.

They should be investigated and reviewed in-depth -I feel money donated to them would be best spent elsewhere.


Board Member

Rating: 5

A Child Is Missing began in 1997. It is registered with IRS, as a 501 c3. We have complied with all government regulations including Single Audit, by a CPA outside firm. If something about A Child Is Missing is unclear then we should be given the opportunity to explain what they do not understand. We have assisted in recovering over 1510 children and elderly, worked on over 44,000 cases, sent out over 69 million alert calls nationwide. The program is 24.7, 365 and free to law enforcement nationwide. All calls are handled by a person 24/7. Education programs are available for law enforcement, materials and a Child Safety Education Program is available on a local level. If you have a question just call 954 763 1288.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

The form 990 for 2009 is unclear about an audit being performed. Page 3, line 12 says an audit was performed, (checked yes) however, schedule D, parts XII & XIII are not completed. (per the line 12 note) Also page 12, line 2b, answers concerning the performance of an independent audit are not consistent with page 3, as it says an audit was not performed? I would think that government funding at this level would have required an audit. I would like to see the organization complete an independent audit, if not currently doing so, and the properly disclose that on Sch D. In addition the form's questions should be consistent and clear.

Page 4, Line 38 indicated the organization should disclose on Sch O information about Part VI, question 19. That question indicates the organization should describe if and how the organization's financial statements, conflicts of interest policy, and governing documents are made available to the general public. A reveiw of Sch O does not do this.