Rapid Response Team FAQs
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Distribute Missing Child Flyers in Your Community
How many missing child posters will I be asked to put up in my community?
We will send you about 10 different missing child posters each month. You decide which posters you want to distribute—and how many.
Posters help find many missing children. The sooner posters go up:
- The higher chance the child and abductor can be recognized.
- The less chance abductors and missing children can go underground without being recognized.
Do I have to distribute every poster you send me?
You make the decisions about the amount of time and level of effort you can volunteer to this worthy cause. You decide which posters you will distribute—and how many. You may decide to focus on posters of children abducted in your area. We are truly grateful for your help.
Will you tell me when a missing child has been found?
Yes, we will send you an email telling you when a missing child has been found. We will also ask you to stop distributing that child's poster at the appropriate time.
Will you tell me the details of how the child was found?
Occasionally families give us permission to tell their stories. When that happens, we will share that information with you in the email notifying you that the child has been found. If a family has set up a website for their child, we will also share that information. Otherwise we need to respect the privacy of the family and the child, and keep that information confidential.
What do I do if someone tells me their child is missing or has run away?
Have them immediately call local law enforcement and file a missing persons report (there is no waiting period in the United States.) Then have them call the Polly Klaas® Foundation and talk with one of our professional caseworkers. Our hotline is: 800-587-4357, families can call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and speak to a caseworker.
What if a child in my community is kidnapped?
If the child has been reported missing to the Polly Klaas® Foundation, and if the family and law enforcement want posters distributed, we will send out the link to the child's poster to all members of the eVolunteer Rapid Response Team eVolunteers. Please distribute that poster throughout your community.
If you would like to help further, please contact your local law enforcement to see what opportunities are available. Be sure to let them know our poster services are available for children who go missing.
Why is Rapid Response Team membership only available to people in the United States?
The Polly Klaas® Foundation is currently focused on helping find children who have gone missing from locations in the United States.
We are encouraged by the enthusiasm of people around the world to help find missing children. In the future, we are planning eVolunteer programs for people throughout the world focusing on abduction prevention.
Will the Polly Klaas® Foundation pay for my expenses and my gas while I am distributing missing child posters?
No, as a volunteer you will be responsible for all your own expenses, including health and auto insurance. Please contact your tax specialist regarding your ability to claim a deduction for your expenses on your income taxes.
Some people I talk to want to donate to the Polly Klaas® Foundation, what do I do?
Please let them know we are grateful for each donation, and that we are funded almost entirely through private donations. They can go to our website www.PollyKlaas.org and donate online, or they can mail us a donation at:
Polly Klaas® Foundation
PO Box 800
Petaluma, CA 94953
How did this eVolunteer program get started?
In the spring of 2005 we did a survey of our online eCommunity members. Many respondents wanted to help us distribute posters of missing children, so this program was developed as a direct response to those requests.
You are personally making a difference.
You are joining a large group of people who are actively searching for missing children.