Child Find of America, Inc.

Bringing Kids Home - Keeping Them Safe

aka Child Find   |   New Paltz, NY   |  http://www.childfindofamerica.org

Mission

To help create a world in which every child can thrive in a safe, healthy, and legal environment Child Find of America provides professional services to prevent and resolve child abduction and the family conflicts that can lead to abduction and abuse. Our free programs and services are available nationally and internationally. Our 1-800-I-AM-LOST line connects callers to our in house location staff who search for missing, kidnapped, and runaway and parentally-abducted children. Child Find's Parent Help program, provides professional services design to defuse family conflicts that can lead to abduction and abuse such as: crisis intervention, conflict management, safety planning, communication, parenting skill-building, training programs for allied professionals

Ruling year info

1981

Executive Director

Donna Linder

Main address

PO Box 277

New Paltz, NY 12561 USA

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EIN

22-2323336

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Family Services (P40)

Victims' Services (P62)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How would you summarize the problem or need your organization is working to address? Briefly summarize the problem you aim to address here: For over 40 years, Child Find has been working with the families of missing, abducted, runaway, and throwaway children, putting us at the vanguard of agencies that recognize the link between family conflict and parental abductions, runaways, and youth trafficking. While continuing our work in locating the missing, as well as educating the public in safety and awareness, we know that preventing a child from going missing requires proactively addressing the issue of family conflict.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Location Services

Child Find’s 1-800-I-AM-LOST line connects callers to our location staff who coordinate efforts with a network of professional partners. Child Find searches for missing, kidnapped, runaway, and parentally abducted children. When safe and appropriate, posters of missing children are disseminated nationwide via social media and with the support of media outlets, businesses, and volunteers.
In fiscal year 2019-2020, 120 new calls came from parents reporting their child was missing. Of those 64 children were located, 28 cases were still open, and 10 cases were unresolved due to unsafe callers (i.e. orders of protection).
• 52 parents reported the child was abducted by the other parent/family member
• 29 asked for help in locating children with whom they had lost contact (eg. due to former partner moving without notification).
• 20 reported their children had run away– including 3 instances where the child was being trafficked by someone they knew.
• 1 stranger abduction (resolved).
All of Child Find's location services are free to families.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Child Find’s Parent Help at 1-800-716-3468 provides professional services design to defuse family conflicts that can lead to abduction and abuse such as: crisis intervention, conflict management, safety planning, communication / parenting skill-building, and more. In 2019-2020 fiscal year, in addition to 102 missing children/location cases, 458 new cases were enrolled in Child Find’s Parent Help program, and 83 cases were carried over from previous years.
An overview of co-occurring reasons for calling and issues we helped with included:
• 9% lost with the other parent and their child(ren)
• 11% sought help for child support issues
• 14% reported an ongoing custody dispute
• 14% reported drug and alcohol abuse
• 16% reported their child was missing
• 17% required assistance with co-parenting and parenting issues
• 18% called for information and referral only
• 25% reporting domestic violence
• 31% sought help with custody and/or denied access
• 42% reported legal issues

Over 80% of callers to Child Find’s help lines also received Information & Referral services for issues related to child safety and well-being.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Child Find's staff conducts workshops and participates in national and regional conferences with service professionals and agencies regarding safety, missing children, domestic violence, child abuse/neglect, mediation, healthy families and more. In-service training of allied professionals also increases understanding and develops safety skill sets, further strengthening Child Find's mission. All education workshops and materials are free of charge to families. Child Find carefully targets conferences where our presentations will reach the largest audiences when utilizing donor funds for education purposes. To defray costs associated with travel, staffing, and materials, Child Find's trainings for professionals are offered on a sliding scale. Child FInd also applies for grants to unwrite professional development trainings in specific geographic areas.

In fiscal year 2019-20, Child Find's in-person training sessions were cancelled from March 2020 on, due to COVID-19. Earlier in the fiscal year, we were able to deliver several workshops - including a full day, on site training to Hudson Valley early educators. In all we delivered 4 in-person trainings and one webinar, reaching over 500 early educators, professionals and parenting groups regarding topics such as Co-parenting, Relationship Skills, and Missing Children. Additionally, we distributed 1,575 In Safe Hands tool kits with the potential to positively impact 31,500 children.

Child Find's educational materials are available to individuals, schools and community organizations. Many are available for download on our website. Press releases, articles and interviews with local and national media bring attention and awareness to the issues.

Child Find has developed a comprehensive information and referral network and resources serving parents, educators, human service workers, and law enforcement - to educate about missing children issues, the co-occurrence of abuse and abduction, crisis management and keeping kids safe. Many of Child Find's free materials are available on our website. Information and Referral specialists are available by calling our toll-free numbers M-F, 9am-5pm EST.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Where we work

Awards

A+ Charity Rating 2020

Charity Watch

Seal of Excellence 2020

Independent Charities of America/Children's Charities of America

America's 100 Best Charities 2001

Worth Magazine

Certified 2020

America's Best Charities

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of missing children profiled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Location Services

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

#s include children whose photos were not published due to safety concerns re: dom. violence, trafficking, gangs and other co-occurring issues which publicity would contribute to their endangerment.

Number of missing children who were profiled and have been located

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Location Services

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients referred to other services as part of their support strategy

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Child Find's Parent Help

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

I&R services to outside vetted organizations incl. legal assistance, financial need, kin care, domestic violence, child abuse, youth at risk and other issues related to child safety and well-being.

Number of training events conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Child Find's Education & Professional Training

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Schedule cut short due to COVID-19. Experienced caseworkers who have helped in family crisis situations, parenting disputes and child safety issues conduct trainings mainly to allied professionals.

Number of families served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Child Find's Parent Help

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Issues worked on include: child abduction, runaways/trafficking, child safety, domestic violence, custody, denied access, drug & alcohol abuse, co-parenting plans, negotiating legal systems and more.

Number of people trained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Child Find's Education & Professional Training

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

(5 in-person trainings, 1 webinar - schedule cut short by COVID-19.) 1,575 In Safe Hands tool kits were distributed to early educators, positively impacting an estimated 31,500 kids.

Number of children served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Child Find's Parent Help

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

2019/20 102 new missing children case impacted 177 left behind siblings as well. Child Find also continues to work 30 cases from previous years - including 19 cold cases we continue to pursue.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is your organization aiming to accomplish?
Briefly describe your organization’s goals here:

In order to create a world in which every child can thrive in a safe, healthy and legal environment, Child Find of America provides professional services to prevent and resolve child abduction and the family conflicts that can lead to abduction and abuse.

Many parents are unaware of the impact their conflict has on their children, but research shows early prevention interventions, especially the dissemination of educational materials, are impactful and lead to better outcomes for children and families. From a very early age, children who live in high conflict homes live with fear, anger, anxiety, sadness, disturbed sleep, and more health problems than their peers. They are more likely to be aggressive, depressed and antisocial, and to have poor interpersonal skills, cognitive abilities, and difficulty focusing and succeeding at school.

Exposure to parental conflict teaches kids the wrong way to interact with others. Children do not get used to parental conflict -- they become more sensitive to it and more vulnerable to its effects. Consequently, they are more likely to continue the cycle of conflict and high risk parenting.

What are your strategies for making this happen?
Briefly describe your organization’s strategies here:

"Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity. Working together, we can help create neighborhoods, communities, and a world in which every child can thrive."

In 2017 Child Find sought a grant from the American Legion’s Child Welfare Foundation to produce and distribute our In Safe Hands tool kit to Head Starts nationwide addressing family conflict and violence and its adverse impact on children (ACEs). The initial stage of the project was completed in September of 2017 at which time Head Start collaboration offices in all 50 states received a supply of kits, free of charge, to distribute to local Head Starts and Early Head Starts at annual conferences, meetings and trainings. The response to the kit was very positive, with dozens of Head Start offices requesting additional kits – as well as trainings on its application and delivery in the field of early childhood education.

In the 2017/18 fiscal year, Child Find piloted the In Safe Hands project conducting workshops for Head Starts and early educators in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and throughout New York. Each presentation was evaluated by participants - and reviews were enthusiastic - as well as informative for the development of future trainings.

In fiscal year 2018/19 Child Find actively pursued funding for reprinting the tool kit – as well as dollars to fund Child Find’s educational sessions nationwide. While we received some funding to provide workshops, we continued this pursuit in fiscal year 2019/20. Without funding, Child Find must charge, at cost, allied professionals for the delivery of workshops and materials. (All programs and services to families remain free of charge.) Strategies for making this project happen, mirror those of our proven strategies for sustaining our agency over the years, including:
- Grant-writing
- Targeted mailings
- Free regional and national online fundraising appeals such as "Hudson Valley Gives" (raised $710 in 2019, resulting in 1 free full-day workshop for 30 early educators and the distribution of 60 In Safe Hands tool kits.)
- Press releases
- Listings in national 211 Directories

Child Find was founded in 1980 by the left-behind mother of a parentally abducted child. Since then, Child Find has played a significant role in the creation of laws that now make all forms of child abduction a crime, and in the establishment of a national clearinghouse to assist law enforcement in their investigations. Child Find also contributed to the establishment of May 25th as National Missing Children’s Day. In 2002, the White House recognized Child Find's vital work and expertise by inviting the Executive Director to speak at the first White House Conference on Missing and Exploited Children.

Over the years Child Find has greatly expanded its scope of services, providing prevention, education, mediation, conflict resolution, investigation, information and referral and support services to families in crisis in both the United States and internationally in more than a dozen countries. Child Find is a national expert in the prevention and resolution of parental and family abduction.

Child Find’s training team is comprised of experienced case workers who have helped thousands of people facing family crisis situations, domestic violence, child abuse, parenting disputes, and child safety issues. Our work, staff development and extensive research informs and updates our curricula.

What have you accomplished so far and what's next?
Briefly describe your organization’s progress here:

The CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study is one of the largest investigations of childhood abuse and neglect and household challenges and later-life health and well-being. Child Find's development of the In Safe Hands tool kit addresses common caregiving risk and protective factors related to ACEs. We have also developed a measure on how caseworker efforts support protective factors.

In the last quarter of fiscal year 2019/20:
- We began developing out Continuity of Operations Plan which enabled Child Find to continue providing our essential services to children and families uninterrupted through the pandemic. The staff began working remotely in March.
- Due to COVID-19, our Education and Training deliveries were cut short, but Child Find was still able to reach over 500 early educators, professionals and parenting groups, and distribute 1,575 In Safe Hands tool kits. In light of the constraints the pandemic has placed on trainings, we began developing, updating and retooling curricula suitable for online/streaming platforms. We are continuing to develop them in fiscal year2020/21 which will result in 16 “Online Primers for Child and Family-Centered Professionals” to be presented as live webinars, then recorded and made available on our website.
- We assessed and upgraded our case management system to streamline the input process for caseworkers, as well as creating new ways of capturing information and efforts we were unable to measure before. Most valuable is that we will be able report a direct correlation between the issues our caseworkers address and the protective resilience factors their efforts impact to combat Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

Challenges and What's Next:
- We will be selecting a vendor to produce, plan and present our live webinars, to be recorded and made available on our website.
- Our website, 211 information centers, and referrals from allied agencies remain effective referral sources. However with the closing of physical offices due to the pandemic, such as family courts, and social service and child support agencies, our rack cards and other materials embedded in those locations are not reaching those who need our help most. Currently under consideration is investing in an effective marketing plan that is not dependent upon being displayed in a physical location. This would involve a vendor search to create media – in Spanish and English - suitable for television, radio and billboards, as well as a strategy for their placement.
- We will be distributing 2,000 updated In Safe Hands tool kits to Head Start collaboration offices in all 50 states, to be redistributed to their local Head Starts.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently,

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Child Find of America, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 3/9/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Elizabeth Malter

Vizion Advertising LLC

Eric Malter

CEO Vizion Advertising

Donna Linder

Child Find of America

Elizabeth Baker

Phillips

Arthur Finnel

Horizon Partners Ventures LLC

Michael Titens

Thompson & Knight LLP

Lena Green

HOPE Center, Harlem

Karen Reiter

NYS Commission on Judicial Conduct

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No