Child Find of America: The Top-Rated U.S. Charity with a 25 Year Record of Bringing Children Home

by Brian Vaszily, founder of

After searching for their seventeen year old daughter for seven months, a frantic mother and father from Iowa called Child Find of America's 1-800-I-AM-LOST hotline. Child Find found the girl in one day.

The family believed their daughter had been lured by an acquaintance, a forty three year old man who was the father of one of the girl's friends. There was suspicion the man had befriended the daughter and conned her into leaving with him.

Child Find began by searching for the girl by first locating the man in question. He had rented an apartment in Chicago, so Child Find contacted the Chicago police who were eager to assist.

The police obtained a warrant to search the premises immediately for the daughter. Sure enough, upon entering they found the seventeen year old in the presence of two strangers, and they immediately removed her from the apartment.

As it turns out, she had been trying to find a way out of the situation adn was extremely grateful to be found. That very same day she was reunited with her family.

Child Find America Gets a Rare A+ Charity Rating

The above recent story -- told in brief and so with many details left out -- is just one of many thousand success stories for the Child Find of America charity organization.

If you are considering donating to a charitable organization this holiday season (or any time of year), I strongly encourage you to consider this wonderful organization because of the importance of what they do ... and how well they do it.

If you are a parent like I am you will agree -- but then again you don't even need to be a parent to understand -- that there must be few if any fates worse than to have your child go missing. With Child Find of America's history of "Over 25 years of bringing missing children home," it is truly a cause worth your donation.

You can also take comfort in the fact that The American Institute of Philanthropy (AIM) -- an important non-profit organization whose mission is to "maximize the effectiveness of every dollar contributed to charity by providing donors with the information they need to make more informed giving decisions" -- gave Child Find of America an A+ charity rating based on their comprehensive review.

Child Find is one of the few of the thousands of charities in the U.S. to receive an A+!

Thousands Missing

Missing children can be victims of family abduction, non-family abduction, or they can be runaways.

According to National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway, and Thrownaway Children research released in 2002, an estimated 797,500 children were reported missing of which:

  • 58,200 children were abducted by non-family members.
  • Non-family abductions occur when a non-relative abducts and detains a child without lawful authority or parental permission with the intent to keep the child permanently.

  • 115 children were the victims of long-term non-family abductions called "stereotypical kidnappings."
  • A stereotypical kidnapping is when a stranger or acquaintance abducts a child and transports them 50 or more miles and keeps them overnight, holding for ransom, killing, or with intent to keep the child permanently.

  • 203,900 children were the victims of family abductions.
  • A family abduction is when a family member takes or keeps a child in violation of a custody order or other decree where the taking is concealed, involves air travel, or intent to deprive a lawful custodian of custodial privileges.

A Beautiful Cause – Child Find of America, Inc.

Child Find of America, Inc. is a national not-for-profit charity that was founded in 1980 by the mother of a missing child.

Child Find of America, Inc.

  • Locates missing children through active investigation
  • Prevents child abduction through education
  • Resolves incidents of parental abduction through mediation

In the 2005 – 2006 fiscal year, 89 cents of every US dollar Child Find received was spent on location, mediation, and public information.

More than 16,000 families nationwide were helped!

In December of 2001, Worth Magazine named Child Find one of America’s 100 Best Charities.

And as mentioned, the American Institute of Philanthropy, a nonprofit charity watchdog, gave Child Find a rare “A+ Top Charity” rating.

Every Little Bit Helps

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