What Is The California Child Abduction Task Force?
According to the Department of Justice, it is estimated that there are approximately 1,923 family abductions and 49 stranger abduction cases annually in California. In response to this statistic, the California Child Abduction Task Force was formed to help reduce child abduction and enhance skills, knowledge, and awareness of child abduction. Additionally, the California Child Abduction Task Force asks for public assistance to help those working in the child abduction (family and non-family) field.
As part of their organization and beliefs, the California Child Abduction Task Force views family and non–family abductions as forms of child abuse. The organization believes that family abductions are often minimized and largely ignored as forms of abuse since the child knows the abductor. However, they also point out that these children still suffer significant psychological and emotional trauma. According to experts, these children often struggle with difficult feelings towards both parents including fear, guilt, shame, confusion, and divided loyalty. Many of these children are impacted for life and suffer tremendously.
The reasons for the abductions can vary dramatically, but the mission of the California Child Abduction Task Force remains the same: to develop current issues that impact the responses and investigation of child abduction cases. With this in mind, the task force helps to educate professionals and volunteers in prevention and recovery of abducted children.
The California Child Abduction Task Force is sponsored by the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). With members as far north as Redding and as far south as San Diego, they represent federal, state, and local law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies, private, non–profit missing children’s agencies, and child protective services agencies. Moreover, their wide range of expertise and shared perspectives on how to handle child abduction cases greatly assists in helping appropriate agencies reduce and prevent child abduction.
You can obtain more information on the California Child Abduction Task Force by going to their website at: childabductions.org
You can also contact the task force through:
Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES)
Victim Services Branch
3650 Schriever Avenue
Mather, CA 95655
(916) 636-3770 FAX
If you wish to report a missing child or report an abduction, please contact your local police department.
Any and all advice contained herein is intended only to assist parents and families with abduction of children. Nothing suggested in this article should substitute for common sense, police direction or other professional advice.
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.