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HFMC UK site launch

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Post by Zavvi on Tue Aug 10, 2010 9:32 pm

Help Find My Child launches UK site Special

Imagine your child went out to play and never returned. Where would you
turn after talking to the police? How would you bring your baby back
home? Help Find My Child is a group dedicated to bringing missing
children home.

"Help Find My Child" has been working to bring missing
children home to their families since the end of 2008 - although the 4
founders had assisted with raising awareness on missing cases from
spring 2007. Today was the organizations official launch as a registered
charity in the UK.

Using social media networking like Facebook and
Twitter "Help Find My Child" has one goal-to bring missing children
home. The use of these social media networks can make a huge impact in
the global search of a missing child.

Mark Williams-Thomas a leading
child protection expert and criminologist wrote in a press release,
"Social Media sites are an integral part of our lives and as such it is
vital that we use them to their full advantage. I therefore fully
support Help Find My Child and the excellent work they are doing in
using the Internet and social networking sites to reach out to locate
missing children."

"Help Find My Child" has a local angle to Toronto,
father Stephen Watkins has used the service in an effort to bring his
children Christopher and Alexander Watkins home. The boys are still out
there with their non-custodial mother. His story has been featured on
Digital Journal along with other stories about missing children.

The
team became involved during the heartbreaking case of Madeleine McCann.
Kerry Guy, co-founder of Help Find My Child, said, “Can you imagine the
trauma of having one of your children missing? It's perhaps the worst
nightmare any parent can endure. It was just unacceptable to us that
families were burdened with trying to master technology so their voices
would be heard at the same time."

The agency has reached out to
media to get the word out when a child goes missing. With the media and
social media networking families have a global voice to help them bring
home their children.

Kevin Gosden Father of Missing Teen Andrew
Gosden wrrote, “Help Find My Child has enabled me to publicise Andrew’s
missing status to targeted audiences in a way that is not possible
through newspapers, radio and television exposure. They have been such a
supportive group to me on a personal and emotional level too. During
some of the most painful times, this group has given me the will to go
on and to continue searching for my son."

Help Find My Child already
has a have a cyber-office in the 3D world Second life and a YouTube page
devoted to videos of missing children.

Profiles, once added to the
database appear in many websites at the same time. Live updates and
chronicle of events keep the public aware of the missing child.
Volunteers target online communities relevant to the child such as their
location. Help Find My Child encourages the public to contact the
police with any information they may have.

All of the team members are volunteers said Kerry Guy, one of the co-founders during an email conversation.

"Most of us work full time and have families too, to date I've also self financed everything."

Guy
explains the very real need for their service. “Time is crucial when a
child goes missing; statistics tell us that those initial hours are
vital. Factual information needs to be circulated as quickly as
possible. We aim to provide the means to do that online for police and
family members alike as many experts believe exposure maximizes the
chances of a child being located and recovered safely."

When asked
how many children the group has brought home Guy answered, "It's hard to
give a precise number as we advice people to contact police direct with
any information or sightings so we don't always know if we were
responsible" The numbers may not be clear but testimonials clearly show
that Help Find my Child works.

Link http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/295773

Video of site launch...


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Post by Catkins on Tue Aug 10, 2010 10:12 pm

Anything that helps..............is good.
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Post by Tinkerbell43 on Wed Aug 11, 2010 7:59 am

This is good to hear, these poor families need all the help and resources they can get.

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Post by Pedro Silva on Wed Aug 11, 2010 8:04 am

I have already spread it to everyone I know, also Facebook included.

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"HELP FIND MY CHILD"

Post by Royal on Wed Aug 11, 2010 8:28 am

I am extremely impressed with this organization and the work it is doing. I cannot possibly immagine the misery and torment the parents of missing children are going through, it must be absolute Hell on earth for them. I have throughout my long life lost so many loved ones in death, friends and family members the consequences of which always tears me apart. Just the finality of knowing you will never see or hear that persons voice ever again is at the time quite unbearable, but time is a healer and the distress slowly recedes and eventually becomes just sweet memories of what life used to be like. But that is not so with a missing child, there is no finality, no ending and the pain does not recede but goes on and on, the 'heart ache of not knowing' is just one continuous and unbearable nightmare to which there is no release and no end. My heart goes out to anybody who loses a child whether it be the result of an accident, illness or because they have 'just gone missing'.
When reading this very moving report "Help Find my Child" it made me wonder if perhaps this forum could in some way contribute towards this very deserving cause? Not necessarily in offering contributions, that would be up to the individual, but perhaps by creating a special article displaying facts and details about some missing child or children who have recently gone missing either in this country or elsewhere. Perhaps even include a photograph of each child or children if there is more than one. Maybe change the case every month or so? It's just a passing thought (crazy idea even) and any thoughts or comments are very welcome?
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Post by bluj1515 on Wed Aug 11, 2010 8:52 am

I think any organization that provides support to the parents of a missing child like this is successful. Anything that takes the burden off those people during that terrible time and the horrible aftermath if the child is found dead is a good thing.
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Post by bluj1515 on Wed Aug 11, 2010 1:29 pm

Alex, your poignant words brought tears to my eyes.
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Post by bluj1515 on Thu Aug 12, 2010 2:33 am

No, it wasn't a bad thing, Alex, I could just feel the pain and truth in your beautiful words.
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