Recommended Readings

Critical Incident Response Group, Child Abduction and Serial Killer Unit. 1997. Child Abduction Response Plan. Quantico, VA: Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Designed for law enforcement agencies, this document is available only through the Crimes Against Children Coordinator of the local FBI Field Office. It explains essential techniques in child abduction investigations.

Echols, Mike. 1991. I Know My First Name Is Steven. Kearney, MO: Pinnacle Books.
Though not officially out of print, this book is out of stock indefinitely at the printer. Copies may be available at your local library or in larger bookstores. The author describes the long ordeal of two children who were kidnaped by Kenneth Parnell and the trauma they faced.

Federal Agency Task Force for Missing and Exploited Children. 1997. Federal Resources on Missing and Exploited Children: A Directory for Law Enforcement and Other Public and Private Agencies. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Developed for law enforcement agencies and other Federal, State, and local agencies that work with missing and exploited children, this directory describes the many Federal services, training programs, and resources that relate to missing and exploited children. Contact information is provided for easy access. The directory is available free of charge by calling the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) at 800-851-3420. If you prefer, you can download copies of the directory from the NCJRS Justice Information Web site (www.ncjrs.org).

Lord, Janice H. 1996. Death Notification: Breaking the Bad News With Concern for the Professional and Compassion for the Survivor. Washington, DC: Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
Available free of charge by calling the Office for Victims of Crime Resource Center at 800-627-6872.
This four-volume series contains training curriculums and planning steps for developing and conducting training seminars for professionals who may be responsible for death notification. Curriculums have been developed for law enforcement personnel, medical professionals, crime victim advocates, members of the clergy, and funeral directors. Each volume includes suggestions for planning a seminar, tips for training adults, an annotated literature review, and copies of the training curriculums, overheads, and handouts.

Turner, Johanna. 1995. Grief at Work. Washington, DC: American Hospice Foundation.
This booklet provides suggestions for employees and managers for coping with grief and loss at work. The booklet is available from the American Hospice Foundation, 1130 Connecticut Avenue NW., Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036 (202-223-0204).

Turner, Johanna. 1996. Grief at School. Washington, DC: American Hospice Foundation.
This booklet for educators and counselors provides suggestions for helping children to cope with crisis and grief in the school setting. The booklet is available from the American Hospice Foundation, 1130 Connecticut Avenue NW., Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036 (202-223-0204).

Walsh, John. 1997. Tears of Rage. New York, NY: Pocket Books.
This book recounts the powerful and emotional story of John Walsh and his wife Revé following the 1981 abduction and murder of their 6-year-old son Adam. The book also chronicles John Walsh's 16-year exhaustive efforts on behalf of missing and exploited children. Available in bookstores.

Ward, Heather Patricia. 1994. I Promise I'll Find You. Ontario, Canada: Firefly Books.
This heartwarming children's book tells the story of a mother who promises to do everything humanly possible to find her child should that child ever become lost or missing from home. Available in bookstores.

Young, Marlene A. 1996. Working With Grieving Children After Violent Death: A Guidebook for Crime Victim Assistance Professionals. Washington, DC: National Organization for Victim Assistance.
Available free of charge by calling the Office for Victims of Crime Resource Center at 800-627-6872.
This guidebook and accompanying video were developed for adult caregivers -- individuals who provide support to children on a daily basis. The materials contain information on how to work with and best support and aid the grieving child. A sample protocol is included for victim assistance programs and others who work with children. A list of additional readings and other resources is also included.

Publications From the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Single copies of the following publications are available free of charge from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (800-THE-LOST or 800-843-5678).

Books

Family Abduction Guide
Written in both English and Spanish, this guide describes the actions that parents and family members can take and the laws that can help when their child is abducted.

Missing and Abducted Children: A Law Enforcement Guide to Case Investigation and Program Management
This document provides law enforcement with a step-by-step guide on how to respond to and investigate missing children cases.

Recovery and Reunification of Missing Children: A Team Approach
This report discusses the recovery and reunification of children with their families, with emphasis on a multiagency, multidisciplinary approach.

Brochures

The following brochures, part of the Just in Case Series, offer step-by-step instructions for dealing with a variety of issues relating to missing and exploited children.

Just in Case . . . Guidelines on Using the Federal Parent Locator Service in Cases of Parental Kidnaping and Child Custody

Just in Case . . . Parental and Professional Guidelines in Dealing With Grief Following the Loss of a Child

Just in Case . . . Parental Guidelines in Case You Are Considering Family Separation

Just in Case . . . Parental Guidelines in Case Your Child Is Testifying in Court

Just in Case . . . Parental Guidelines in Case Your Child Might Someday Be a Runaway

Just in Case . . . Parental Guidelines in Case Your Child Might Someday Be Missing

Just in Case . . . Parental Guidelines in Case Your Child Might Someday Be the Victim of Sexual Abuse or Exploitation

Just in Case . . . Parental Guidelines in Finding Professional Help in Case Your Child Is Missing or the Victim of Sexual Abuse or Exploitation


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OJJDP Report: When Your Child Is Missing: A Family Survival Guide, May 1998