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Missing Children: Do you care? What are we doing to our missing children? Why do we have so many children missing and why are they not found? Shocking statistics! Devastating stories! They are part of our shameful national secrets.

The whole issue of child protection, particularly of missing children, is a matter of growing concern among the child rights activists and policy makers. The lack of coordination among the different stakeholders and lack of knowledge of procedures and the insensitive handling of cases of missing children is another cause of concern. The vision of a safe and secure environment for all children, as envisaged in the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000, is still a distant reality.Truth is the ďŹ nal casualty in many cases of missing children left unaddressed. But we can, and we must, push for more concerted action to control and eliminate the growing menace; we cannot allow this to be swept under the carpet. In this book, Joe Prabu has collated recent statistics, relevant laws, guidelines, court-rulings, initiatives and interventions of many stakeholders in order to help implementing agencies or other stakeholders in making the untraceable missing children to a traceable one. He is the National Director of Homelink/ Missing Children Search Network of YaR Forum India. He has three decades of experience and knowledge of working with children in difďŹ cult circumstances both in India and Africa.

Contact: (011) 250 81014 Website: www.childmiss.net www.missingchildsearch.net

YaR Forum

Don Bosco National Forum for the Young at Risk Homelink Network Palam Gaon (near Jaat Chaupal) New Delhi – 110045 Email: yarforum@homelink.in

MISSING CHILDREN: WHO CARES ?

Normally parents experience feelings of helplessness, despair, fear and anxiety when a child disappears. On the other hand, a little girl is in dilemma, when her mother died due to natural calamities and her father remarried, her step-mother who did not want her, forces her father to abandon her.

A breakthrough for child safety net in India

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