About The Polly Klaas Foundation And How It Assists With Child Abduction Cases
After the kidnap and murder of Polly Klaas, The Polly Klaas Foundation was formed in 1993. The foundation is based in Petaluma, CA and dedicated to facilitating the recovery of missing children, increasing child safety and advocating public policies that keep children safe.
The Polly Klaas Foundation has helped more than 8,500 families of missing children. The foundation helps many of these families by counseling them on how to work with their local law enforcement agencies to find their children. One of the critical methods they use is making and distributing posters of the missing children.
The Polly Klaas Foundation also utilizes a national eVolunteer force that distributes posters of missing children in communities, and a hotline that is answered 24/7. Additionally, the Polly Klaas Foundation provides safety kits for parents to teach abduction prevention methods to their children in a safe and non-threatening way. Over 100,000 of these kits are distributed each year.
Part of the work done by the Polly Klaas Foundation is focused on internet safety encouraging parents to follow these three steps:
- Learn about the internet with your child and know what the dangers are.
- Create realistic expectations about internet activity and monitor your children when they use computers.
- Instruct your children that they can come to you if they get into trouble on the internet, no matter what.
About Polly Klaas:
On October 1, 1993, Polly Klaas invited some friends over for a slumber party. Later that night Richard Allen Davis broke in, tied up her friends and kidnapped Klaas.
Despite over 4,000 people helping with the search for Klaas and shows like 20/20 and America’s Most Wanted covering the kidnapping and clues, the search for Klaas continued for two months and remains one of the largest ever conducted in California history.
On December 5, Richard Allen Davis confessed to the kidnapping and murder of Polly Klaas and led investigators to her remains. Polly Klaas was buried in a shallow grave just off Highway 101.
Richard Allen Davis was convicted of first degree murder on June 18, 1996 and sentenced to death. Davis currently remains on death row.
The case was marked by mistakes and oversights on the part of law enforcement officials and agencies. As a result, Klaas’s family immediately started work to assist other families who may encounter similar circumstances with missing children.
Any and all advice contained herein is intended only to assist parents and teach children easy steps they can take to avoid being abducted. 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.