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Operation Lookout National Center for Missing Youth

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Causes: Crime & Law, Crime Prevention, Human Services, Victims Services

Mission: OPERATION LOOKOUT -founded 1984, provides parents with missing children casework in conjunction with law enforcement and authorities, nat'l and int'l. 24 Hour helpline for ER's and Sightings. There is never a fee for service. Staff are volunteer and paid. Our goal is to recover a missing child swiftly using broadscope picture broadcasting and the internet, and search techniques customized to fit the case at-hand.

Programs: Operation lookout in its 29th year is a singular program with the goal of providing free support to parents and legal custodians with missing, abducted and runaway children. Services provided to law enforcement and clients may include investigative case management, systems walk-through, victim advocacy, social and legal services referral, and custom poster design and picture distribution; the web site provides a quick reference point for parent registration and public education. To increase the reach, up to a million usa citizens are contacted by phone, media, and mail to increase exposure of missing children and to notify parents where to turn in time of need. Each contact promotes a voluntary call to action and/or a community safety message knowing who's who in your neighborhood or how to report child abuse campaigns. A 24/7 helpline at 1-800-lookout (566-5688) has been manned by a team of professionals trained for triage dispatch since 1984.

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