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Who can help when the police cannot find your child?

Abduction is undoubtedly every parent’s worst nightmare. You love your children and make every decision with the safety and wellbeing in mind. If something were to happen to them, you would do anything to ensure they come home safely.

Reaching out to the police is the first step to getting answers when your child goes missing, but the resources offered by law enforcement are not always sufficient.According to, approximately 2,000 children are reported missing each day. Though most of these cases are resolved within 24 hours, the fact remains that many agencies lack the ability to fully investigate cases involving abducted children. You can look to the following three resources for additional assistance.

Hire a private investigator

While the police may be doing everything within their power to help bring your child home, they have countless other cases and daily obligations that will likely distract them. Private investigators, on the other hand, are typically able to devote their full attention to your case. They may even discover information and leads that law enforcement miss or overlook.

Consult with a lawyer

In addition to hiring a detective, consulting with an attorney can help you connect with resources that law enforcement may not be able to offer. Especially in cases of parental abduction, a lawyer can help you navigate the legal issues that arise. You will likely need legal representation throughout the duration of the case.

Seek support from the public

If a private investigator and law enforcement both produce no leads regarding the whereabouts of your child, you may be able to seek information from the public. Whether you suspect your child’s abduction involves the other parent or fear another reason, a bystander may know more. In some cases, witnesses who observed the abduction or later saw the child have provided valuable leads. You may coordinate a tip line or otherwise solicit contacts from persons with information.

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