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Keeping Children Safe

Since you can't always be with your kids, it's important to teach them how to find help and keep themselves safe. Most importantly, you need to do this in a way that doesn't scare yourself or your children. Instead, you want to build your children's self-confidence. Your kids will feel safer when they can confidently recognize dangerous situations and respond immediately.



The myth about runaways is that they made the decision to go and will come home when they want to. The truth is that kids aren’t safe by themselves on the streets. In fact, runaway youth are more likely to become victims of abduction and sex trafficking. No child is prepared for life on the streets.


Human Trafficking

A staggering 85% of PKF’s missing children cases are considered endangered runaways and if the current statistic holds true that it is likely that one and five runaways will become victims of trafficking, then we are working on the frontlines of the trafficking of minors’ epidemic in the United States. PKF is committed to helping to recover these children and providing them with resources to return home when appropriate, or guide them to resources that can help these most vulnerable children.


Preventing Family Abduction

You may not realize that each year over 200,000 children are kidnapped by a family member. The good news is that family abductions can often be prevented. The following information can help you keep your children safe.


International Family Abduction

Sometimes a family abductor will take the child out of the United States. For the most accurate and up-do-date information on international child abductions and the policies of specific countries, the Polly Klaas Foundation recommends the following resources.


Internet Safety

Most people kids meet online are fine. Some are predators. The greatest risk is that a predator will develop a relationship with a child (called "grooming") and the child will go to meet this person they believe is their "friend." The Polly Klaas Foundation's FREE Child Safety Kit (which includes Internet Safety information) will help parents keep children safer online and will help you open communications about the Internet with your children.


Sex Offender Information

All states require that sex offenders register their addresses and that certain information about them be made available to the public for free. It is important to know who is living in your neighborhood, but it's just as important to teach your children the safety rules so that they can learn to recognize and avoid danger.


Resources for Law Enforcement

It is you, the Law Enforcement professional, who ultimately brings a missing child home. The following resources will help you with your investigations and training needs.


Resources for Media

The Polly Klaas Foundation has understood the special need for the media’s involvement when there is a missing child in our community since our inception. As a part of the solution, you are invited to share and link to our information (please attribute the source to us and provide links for your readers) and to contact us at any time.