Of course parents never want to have a horrifying event such as a child abduction happen to their child. However, in the event that such a nightmare does happen, parents must educate themselves and gather as many tools as they can to bring their children home quickly and safely.
Here are some tips from experts about how you can help law enforcement officials search for your child:
- Try to get a copy of the abductor’s phone bills. Take notes on who and where the calls are directed to.
- Check with the local post office to see if any mail has been forwarded.
- Check with any hospitals in your area or areas where you think your child may have been taken. Your child could have been taken in for treatment.
- Put in a written request with your child’s school so that you will be notified if anyone asks for school records to be transferred.
- Call or go to the records office in the county of your child’s birth. Ask that you be notified if anyone requests a copy of your child’s birth certificate.
- Contact your child’s doctor. Ask to be notified if anyone requests copies.
- Call the abductor’s employer to find out if a last paycheck was forwarded or if there have been any job reference requests.
- Check with credit card companies for any changes of address or purchases that could show the whereabouts of your child’s abductor.
- Check with bus, train and airport resources in your area for tickets under the abductor’s name.
- Call appropriate Motor Vehicle Bureaus to ask if car registrations or licenses have been modified.
- Check to see if financed vehicles have had bills forwarded to a new address.
- Call any unions the abductor may be a member of and check to see if they have been advised of a change of address or if they have applied for union work in another location.
- Check with professional licensure agencies for any changes of address.
- Check with pension funds for any changes of address.
- Request notification for any changes or requests for copies of court records, insurance policies, passports and visas, college transcripts, military records, voter registration records, medical records and workers’ compensation files.
- Call utility companies in places where the abductor might have gone, ask if utilities have been hooked up.
- Check with public assistance agencies that the abductor may be getting assistance from. See if the abductor has applied for public assistance in a new location.
- Call or write to the IRS to see if anyone is claiming your child as a dependent.
Obviously, if the suspected abductor is not a spouse or family member, you will likely not be able to obtain much of the information listed above. Additionally, laws regarding confidentiality also prevent you from obtaining information from many of these resources. However, if you are a spouse or a persuasive individual, you may be able to get more information that you anticipated.
Any and all advice contained herein is intended only to assist parents and families in the recovery of abducted children. For more tips and advice, contact your local law enforcement or FBI office.
About The National Academy for Child Abduction Prevention Associates, LLC:
Founded in 2013 by Roy M. Doppelt, Esq., the National Academy for Child Abduction and Prevention Associates, LLC is an Academy of family law attorneys advocating prevention of child abduction through public education and professional collaboration. We believe that educating the public about kidnapping and its prevention is a paramount duty of attorneys who represent family law clients.