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What about Black missing children?



How to keep our kids safe from abduction.

Adji Desir disappeared from Immokalee Jan 10

Recently, the abduction of Haleigh Cummings shocked the public and set off a daily media blitz. This sad news and, parents’ worse nightmare, was even more shocking because Haleigh was abducted from her own home. Of course, every year black children are also abducted but we don’t get the same media attention. Our children either don’t fit the media’s “cute” factor or our babies aren’t valued enough to merit a mention from Nancy Grace. Either way, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children nearly 800,000 children under 18 are reported missing each year.  About 33% of those are African American. Children like Adji Desir, a 6-year old boy from South Florida who has been missing since January. Or Danielle Hicks Best, a 12-year old girl from NW Washington, DC who disappeared on January 3rd. Or Yadira Reid, a15-year old from Hartford, Connecticut, who went missing last month. All of these precious, beautiful brown children are pictured on our front page. 
So where are our children? Well, thankfully sites like Black and Missing But Not Forgotten (blackandmissing.blogspot.com) chronicle our missing children. We can’t wait for the national media attention to save our children, here are some expert tips and for us to make our homes safer and protect our children from becoming abduction victims. 
Here are some tips to “Abduction-Proof” your home: 

1) Be careful who you associate with. A majority of children are abducted by someone they know. It is important to be careful with who you choose to surround your children with and who you let into your home. For example, if you hire someone to come and repair your refrigerator, make sure you do a background checks on the employees who plan to come into your home. 
2) Install an alarm system and sensor lights. Criminals will be caught off guard when lights come on and will hopefully leave right away. If the lights don’t deter them, an alarm certainly will. 
3) “Stalk yourself.” Self-proclaimed “safety chick” Kathleen Baty says parents should walk around the outside of your house and check every window. Make sure no one can see through the drapes or blinds, especially in your child’s room.
4) Talk to your community and designate a safe house. It takes a village, people! Let’s get back into our communities and create a collective responsibility for our children’s safety. Talk to your neighbors and have residents look out for each other. Establish a neighborhood “safe house” where children can knock on the door anytime if a situation warrants it. Talk to your neighbors and make sure they approve their house as a safe house. Making sure everyone is on the same page in your community and having a community agreement to look out for each other’s children, will help you and your child feel safe. 
For more information visit The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children  


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