Today, May 25 is International Missing Children’s Day. It’s a day to honour missing and abducted children while also celebrating those who have been recovered. A missing child is a parent’s worst nightmare. I’ve experienced the sheer panic when you lose sight of your child for a moment, and I’ve seen that look on a parent’s face. However, I cannot imagine the agony should that moment turn into hours, or days or more.
When I first met with The Missing Children Society of Canada (MCSC) in 2016, I was dismayed to hear about the sheer number of missing and vulnerable children we have in Canada. Every year, over 40,000 children go missing. Yes, that’s not a typo… OVER 40,000! And when a child goes missing from a safe environment, the danger of exposure to high-risk activities such as substance misuse, sexual exploitation, human trafficking and even the risk of death, increases.
Shortly after our initial meeting in 2016, we formed a partnership with MCSC to support the digital transformation of their organization, and I am so very proud of what we have achieved over the years. We’ve streamlined their workflows. We gave them tools and a mobile app that police can use to spread awareness across jurisdictional boundaries at the local, provincial, country, and even cross-border levels. I can go on and on about the technology and how it’s used, but it’s the operational impact… it’s the result that matters most. Together, we are working towards making sure that no missing child goes unseen, and we are helping to bring them home.
You can view open and active cases of missing children through the regional story maps in MCSC rescu
So, today… please take a few moments to honour those children who have gone missing and celebrate those who have been recovered. I also urge you to join the thousands of Canadians who have installed and registered for location-based notifications via the MCSC rescu mobile app.
Download MCSC rescu now
For additional information, here are some useful links:
Missing Children Society of Canada
Geographical Thinking Podcast: Child Search Network: Help police find missing children in Canada faster
Mapping Canada’s Missing Children
GIS for good: Helping find missing children faster
Child Search Network: Help police find missing children in Canada faster
This post was translated to French and can be viewed here.