- Search for missing children; reduce child mortality as a result of accidents and violence.
- Conduct preventative measures concerning child safety amongst children and parents.
- Defend the interests of families and children; offer rehabilitative assistance to children facing difficult life circumstances.
- Prevent children from running away from home and from state-run child welfare institutions.
- Offer assistance (methodological, technical) and consultative support to volunteer organizations in searching for missing children.
- Provide consolidated protection and representation of the interests of volunteer organizations in searching for missing children.
Our Key Activities
During the course of our work searching for missing children, we have identified four key activities, the development of which help to reduce the number of missing children and child deaths.
- Prevention of juvenile delinquency as well as children running away from home or state-run institutions (these account for the largest percentage of all missing children). Raising awareness amongst parents and social workers is of considerable importance in preventative work
- Searches for missing children where volunteers collaborate with investigative agencies and the missing person’s relatives. The volunteers’ goal is to find the missing child as quickly as possible and to prevent a possible tragedy, namely: an accident, involvement in criminal activity, enforced servitude and sexual exploitation of the minor. To avoid such an outcome, volunteers, in accordance with investigative agencies, carry out the following activities: dissemination of information on the internet, posting information bulletins in the area, surveying the public and possible witnesses, urban and outlying area searches using specialized equipment and with the assistance of professional rescue personnel.
- Given the large number of runaways and severe shortage of psychologists, volunteers provide as much assistance as possible to the child and their family, given their voluntary consent. When a child has the option of coming to his or her “mentor” for help and psychological support, such volunteer-mentors are able to help the child to find common ground with his or her parents, as well as to see alternatives to running away from home in the given situation.
- The learning process of volunteers, coordinators, and heads of non-governmental associations plays an important role in achieving effective performance in all these areas of activities, as does material and logistical support and methodological and consultative assistance.
Our Target Groups
- Children facing difficult life circumstances, including those inclined to running away from home and committing suicide. Missing children.
- A broad category of parents who are uninformed about child safety rules, as well as parents facing difficult life circumstances, those leading asocial lifestyles, or parents who, for a variety of reasons, have lost contact with their children.
- Non-governmental associations and organizations involved in the fields of searching for missing children, prevention, and rehabilitation.