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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.

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2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Client Served

Rating: 5

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.


Client Served

Rating: 5

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.