The Polly Klaas Foundation is a Petaluma, CA based, national nonprofit dedicated to the safety of all children, the recovery of missing children, and public policies that keep children safe in their communities.
Since our founding in 1993, the Foundation has used our compassion, experience and professionalism to help more than 10,000 families find missing children.
The Heart of the Foundation
Finding missing children – our 24/7 hotline
Frantic parents and law enforcement officials calling our hotline reach caseworkers 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; 365 days a year. Initial phone calls with parents average an hour, with numerous follow-up calls. We counsel parents on ways to search for their children, offer poster faxing services to parents and police, forward leads to law enforcement officials, and send out missing child flyers when appropriate.
Our Rapid Response Team eVolunteers provide feet on the street by distributing posters of missing children in their communities throughout the United States.
We are the national leader in this field. Our caseworkers attend daily to the anguish felt by parents of missing children. We turn that anguish into action. Ninety-seven percent of our missing children come home safely.
Keeping kids safe – our national outreach and advocacy work
We work with policy makers nationwide creating legislation like Amber Alerts to help keep children safe. We are grateful for the many children throughout the nation who have returned home safely thanks to Amber Alerts.
We give opportunities to Americans in all 50 states to express their support for state and federal child safety legislation. Our advocacy work includes efforts to prevent family abductions – a shocking 78 percent of all child kidnappings are by a family member, not strangers.
Family abductions often endanger children emotionally and/or physically, even through the child is with a parent.
Preventing children from going missing in the first place – our education programs
We provide worldwide free distribution of child safety and Internet safey information to parents. Our online volunteers take action in their personal communities, by teaching their children abduction prevention skills and distributing missing child posters in communities throughout the U.S.
Instead of motivating with fear, our materials and programs encourage parents to talk matter-of-factly with kids about personal safety.
Our nationwide poll of children aged 8-18 revealed that youth take surprising risks online. In light of how much – and how bold – kids are online today, all parents need to be armed with more realistic strategies and guidance.