MONTREAL – At the beginning of Missing Children’s Month, the Enfants-Retour Network observes that for the first time in several years, there has been a significant decrease in the number of missing children reported to Quebec’s police forces.
The organization reports that, according to the annual report of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), police reported 5927 disappearances last year, compared to 7025 the previous year.
The goal of Missing Children’s Month is to raise awareness of the issue of missing and exploited children, and to educate parents about what they can do to better protect their children online and in their lives days.
To this end, the Enfants-Retour Network is teaming up with MSN Quebec this year, particularly to better protect children from kidnappings, assaults and exploitation. For the entire month of May, several unsolved cases of missing children will be presented to the approximately 950,000 daily visitors to the MSN Quebec website
Children’s Return Network and MSN Quebec will also be presenting on their respective social media platforms a range of age-appropriate safety publications aimed at helping parents and educators.
This year, Réseau Enfants-Retour welcomes Caroline Lachance and Eric Fortin, parents of David Fortin, as a family of hope during this month of awareness. David Fortin has been missing from his home in Alma, Lac-Saint-Jean since February 10, 2009.
Missing Children’s Month will end on May 25, International Day of Missing Children.
This day was first recognized on May 25, 1983, by former US President Ronald Reagan, in tribute to a six-year-old boy, Etan Patz, who disappeared on May 25 on the way home school in New York. In 1986, the Government of Canada proclaimed May 25 as the National Missing Children’s Day in Canada.
Today, this day has ramifications in more than 50 countries.