September, 2011 Tell-a-Friend
We are grateful to those of you who donate to the Polly Klaas Foundation, especially those federal workers who donate through the Combined Federal Campaign. We want to share the story of how your donations helped find a missing child we call Baby Claire. (All names have been changed for privacy.)
Baby Claire’s Family Abduction Background:
Robert Taylor planned the parental kidnapping of his own daughter--and committed it during a court-ordered visitation. He left notes to his daughter’s mother Joan, his own mother, the Judge in the custody case, and his other children telling them he was leaving with Claire.
Claire, a 3 month old babe-in-arms, was sick at the time of her kidnapping, and on medications. Her father took her without having all the medications.
Police acted quickly and issued a felony warrant for parental abduction. They officially categorized Claire as “endangered,” because of her age and her need for her medications.
(Not actual photo of Baby Claire)
A month later, Claire was still missing from her home in Illinois. Her distressed mother Joan called the Polly Klaas Foundation’s 24/7 hotline.
Joan spent about an hour discussing the case with one of our professional caseworkers. Joan told the story of Baby Claire’s disappearance, and gave important information about Claire—including her name, date of birth, height, hair color, clothes she was last seen wearing, and her medical concerns. Joan also provided the case number and law enforcement agency that was taking the lead on finding Claire.
Our patient and compassionate caseworker talked with Joan about ways to go about searching for her daughter, and resources that were available to help. Joan was also told she could call her caseworker any time she had a question or concern.
Joan emailed photos of her daughter Claire and of Claire’s father Robert. She also faxed a consent form, agreeing to work with the Foundation to help find her missing daughter. (All services are provided free of charge.)
Our caseworker finished Claire’s missing child poster, which also included a picture of her abducting father, Robert. Claire’s photo was placed on the home page of our website. 200 copies of Claire’s missing child poster were express mailed overnight to Claire’s mom, to help her search for her child. An email was immediately sent to our Rapid Response Team eVolunteers requesting they distribute Baby Claire’s poster in their communities throughout the country.
Detective Dawkin of the Police Department in Baby Claire’s home town in Illinois, was the lead detective on the case. He approved a fax distribution of missing child posters. He suggested several locations in addition to the locations suggested by Claire’s mother—Alabama, Iowa, and Illinois.
Our caseworker requested a fax list from our service provider for locations in those states with high foot traffic areas such as hospitals and gas stations, as well as pool halls, TV repair shops, and video arcades.
The fax list arrived. Baby Claire’s missing child poster was immediately fax blasted to the targeted locations.
Our story of the search for Baby Claire will continue in our next Combined Federal Campaign email.
About 85% of our cases are resolved. Some cases are resolved quickly. Some take longer. Others take much longer. All cases take cooperation and teamwork involving family, friends, ordinary citizens, the police and the Polly Klaas Foundation.
All of you are involved in our case work as well. Your tax deductible donations fuel these services for families in need, and for children who need to be found. We are encouraged by the thousands of you who have joined our efforts to keep children safe.
The Polly Klaas Foundation continues to be a proud participant in the 2011 Combined Federal Campaign.
Our Charity Code is: 41681
If you are a federal employee, in the military or with the postal service please designate the Polly Klaas Foundation as your charity of choice during this fall’s campaign period. Please do this before the deadline. Please help children like Baby Claire be reunited with their families.
If friends or members of your family are eligible donors, please forward this email to them.
We are counting on you to support our work. Thousands of parents rely on us to help them find their missing children. We are very grateful we have the support and resources to provide these services.
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