Thursday, February 13, 2014

Missing Children Minnesota Commemorates 30 Years of Service

Governor Dayton has issued a proclamation declaring February 17th to be Missing Children Minnesota Day.

The Proclamation reads:

Whereas: February 17, 2014 marks the 30th anniversary of the founding of Missing Children Minnesota; and

Whereas: The education of our children in personal safety and the support of searching families is in the interest of all Minnesotans; and

Whereas: Missing Children Minnesota has tirelessly worked to provide valuable and effective prevention education to the public as well as support for searching families.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, MARK DAYTON, Governor of Minnesota, di hereby proclaim Monday, February 17, 2014, as:

The 30th Anniversary of Missing Children Minnesota in the state of Minnesota.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Minnesota to be affixed at the State Capitol this 10th day of February.

Missing Children Minnesota (MCM) was founded on Feb 17th in 1984.

This date is significant for a number of reasons in the missing children community.  It is the birthdays of two of Minnesota’s long-term missing children; Jacob Wetterling and Corrine Erstad. More specific to Missing Children Minnesota, February 17th is also the day that our Executive Director, Carol Watson’s missing son was found safe. Hope for the missing, gratitude for those who have been found safe, and remembrance for those found injured or deceased motivate us to continue our mission into the future.

The mission of Missing Children Minnesota is to help in locating missing children; to provide advocacy and support services to families of missing children and to provide information and prevention education to the public regarding missing children and runaways.

In addition to search assistance, we also provide four critically acclaimed educational programs to children and adults throughout Minnesota and all across the country. Every year, MCM presents abduction prevention and personal safety programs to schools, daycare centers, early childhood and family education groups, churches and children's vacation camps.

We hope that by providing children with the information they need to be safer this year, we will have fewer missing children next year. In 2013 MCM provided education to approximately 2,000 adults and children, and search assistance for 32 searching families.

You can bring our education programs to children in your area or contact us about a missing child by calling (612) 334-9449, or by e-mailing inquiries to Our phone is staffed 24 hours per day, seven days per week, 365 days per year.

Our assistance to searching families is always free of charge.

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