Waterford, NY has become the first town in the State of New York to implement the child notification recovery program, “A Child is Missing.”
WATERFORD, N.Y. Waterford is the first town in New York state to implement new technology that issues broad alerts on missing persons.
The program — called A Child is Missing — is capable of issuing up to a thousand telephone calls per minute.
The calls notify people of people who has gone missing and raise public awareness.
We are witness every day to the exploitation of our children by those that are older and in positions of authority. Teenagers are getting into compromising situations that they are ill prepared to handle. Some cases are where teens are having sex with there teachers. In other more bizarre cases we have teens flying off to the Middle East to meet with people they met on the internet.
Well, 15 year old girls need not worry in Colorado anymore. Your parents might have to and the communities you live in, but you will not. The brilliance of the Colorado Court of Appeals overturned the lower courts ruling and made it ok for 15 year old girls to enter into a common-law marriage. Unbelievable.
A 15-year-old girl can enter into a common-law marriage in Colorado, and younger girls and boys possibly can, too, a state appeals court ruled Thursday.
While the three-judge panel stopped short of setting a specific minimum age for such marriages, it said they could be legal for girls at 12 and boys at 14 under English common law, which Colorado recognizes.
The ruling overturned a lower-court judges decision that a girl, now older than 18, was too young to marry at 15.
The panel said there was no clear legislative or statutory guidance on common-law marriages, and that Colorado courts have not determined an age of consentage of consent.
For traditional ceremonial marriage, Colorado law sets the minimum age at 18, or 16 with parental or judicial approval.
So a 15 year old cannot drink, smoke or enter into a binding contract; however, some how in the eyes of the Court they have the decision making capability and maturity to marry. The unbelievable stupidity of the Courts lately is something to just shake one’s head at. Encouraging teens to marry is one of the most irresponsible things our liberal Courts have handed down in recent time.
So much for safety of minors or exploitation. Why do we say exploitation? Lets take a look at the case that prompted this disastrous decision.
Willis Rouse, 38, argued that he and the girl began living together in April 2002 and applied for a marriage license a year later. Did we mention that Rouse is serving time for escape and a parole violation? Did we also mention he was 38? The 15 year old’s mother even consented to the marriage and accompanied the girl and Rouse to obtain a license. Did we mention that Rouse was 38 and his bride to be was 15?
A judge invalidated the marriage, saying anybody under age 16 needed judicial approval for either common-law or ceremonial marriage.
Not any more according to the higher court. The Colorado court has made a decision that is paramount to State sponsored child exploitation. Every day we deal with predators attacking the children of this country, and we get this out of Colorado? OK, someone just needs to come out and say it.
WTF is a 15 year old girl doing with a 38 year old man with the blessing of her mother!!!
Without a marriage license this would be exploitation and rape. What are we supposed to presume what happened between these two prior to the attempted marriage?
The Law makers in Colorado need to step in here and do the responsible thing. Such a law cannot be allowed to exist in the 21 century with manipulative child predators and ignorant non-caring parents who think its fine for their daughter to marry someone 23 years her elder. This is not the 19th century where girls married early to give birth to children so they could help out on the farm.
How are we supposed to help protect our children, if we have courts that make rulings that are in direct conflict with that very principle? I hope the 15 year old’s is Colorado that decide to take advantage of this ruling do not decide to celebrate their nuptials with champagne. That would be illegal. You can marry, but not drink … how screwed up is this?
UPDATE: Looks like we actually do have some law makers upset. They best not just talk about it, but actually do something for a change.
Senate President Joan Fitz-Gerald said she was appalled by the ruling and said lawmakers need to look at the issue next year when the Legislature reconvenes.
“That’s a child. You’re taking advantage of an undeveloped person, putting them in a situation that’s for life. That’s something we need to take a look at,” the Democrat said.
No you do not need to take a look at it … YOU NEED TO CHANGE IT!!!
From The Times Reporter comes a rather interesting article on the greater difficulty of finding missing adults than children. As they state when an adults leaves they do not need to inform anyone and they can leave whenever they want, not the same with a child.
When a missing person is an adult, finding him is more difficult.
“Adults have the right to leave any time they want,” said Detective Lt. Orvis Campbell of the Tuscarawas County sheriff’s office.
“Typically, adults have the right to leave and not tell anybody anything.”
When a missing persons is reported generally the following occurs:
When someone reports a missing person, depending on the person’s age, the sheriff’s office does a number of things. The missing people are entered into a national database that all law enforcement agencies access. Campbell said juveniles often are taken out of the database within hours of being entered because they are at a friend’s or neighbor’s home.
After that, for missing people of all ages, deputies respond and always start by searching the residence, even if the people there have already done it.
From The BYU News Net, a new program in Utah started Monday to help find missing people who may be in danger. The Endangered Person Advisory is an alternative to the Amber Alert.
The state on Monday activated a new program to help find missing people who may be in danger.
The Endangered Person Advisory is an alternative to the Amber Alert, which is a plan to quickly notify public agencies, the media and the public if a child is missing and believed to be in danger.
The Endangered Person Advisory can be used to try to find people who have disappeared, from an elderly person with Alzheimer’s disease to a 14-year-old girl with questionable correspondence on her computer, the state attorney general’s office said.
“We could have used something like this,” Jody Hawkins, the mother of Brennan Hawkins, 11, who was lost in the mountains without food or water for four days, said in a statement.
“We needed the public’s help and we needed it immediately. The Endangered Person Advisory will be a real blessing for other parents searching for their children.”
As authorities have stated, this program will be yet another useful resource in the finding of people in danger used to supplement existing alert programs.
“The Amber Alert has been an extremely effective tool for bringing abducted children home,” Attorney General Mark Shurtleff said in a statement. “With the addition of the Endangered Person Advisory, police officers have a simple, clear-cut plan for finding others who may be in danger.”
Under the current Amber Alert system, newspapers, television and radio stations are told when a child is missing and believed to be in danger. Electronic highway signs also can flash information to drivers on major roads, with details such as a child’s description or the description of a suspect’s car.
According to The South Bend Tribune, more than two thousand children still remain missing or separated after Hurricane Katrina in AL, LA and MS.
More than 2,000 children from Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama are still missing or separated from at least one parent or other caregiver, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which is maintaining a database of the missing.
So far, more than 750 children from Louisiana have been reunited with their families. Fifty had been placed in foster care, but the vast majority of the separated are believed to be with relatives or family friends, scattered across the country.
Search here for missing children photos of Hurricane Katrina
A new program called “A Child Is Missing” started Monday across Pennsylvania
It works just like this — a person goes missing, and a police officer calls ACIM. The officer gives pertinent information — such as where they were last seen and a good description. Within 15 minutes, thousands of calls go out.
The major difference between this missing persons program and The Amber Alert one is the following:
And unlike the Amber Alert system, which only is used for stranger abductions and has taken up to three hours in some cases to activate, ACIM is a rapid response system for runaways, Alzheimer’s patients, children and college students.
If you have a cell phone or an unlisted home number, you can also register those numbers with “A Child is Missing” and they contact you there. All you have to do is log on to their Web site, achildismissing.org.
“A Child Is Missing” alert program in Arkansas
Montana has joined The Child is Missing Alert Program
There can never be enough improvements made to the Amber Alert System to utilize as many resources and get as many eyes looking for missing children as fact as possible. The following from the AP is hopefully just one in many States that will follow the lead in disseminating Amber Alerts via email.
Kansas Amber Alert notifications now can be made to e-mail addresses, giving law enforcement officials another way to alert the public when a child is abducted.
“It is my hope that this new option for Amber Alert distribution will allow us to get more eyes looking for an abducted child so that the child can be returned to its family safely and swiftly,” Attorney General Phill Kline said Thursday.
The notification, sent to the computer or other device capable of receiving e-mail messages, will provide detailed information about the abduction and will direct recipients to the Amber Web site for additional information and updates.
Kline said not only will the new system reach people without access to radio or television during the day, but businesses and the media immediately will have all available information in writing to pass on to their employees and customers.
UPDATE: WIBE News 13 (Topeka, KS)
The Attorney General’s office hopes the enhancements will help even more people find out about an issued alert.
“Statistical evidence and our experience demonstrates the first 48 to 72 hours once a child goes missing is the most critical time for use to act,” said Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline.
Authorities say a quick response by law enforcement, media and the public led to Stormy’s safe return the very day she went missing.
One year after the amber alert proved life saving, the Attorney General announced his plans to help everyone get keyed into the alerts just by signing up for them online.
“Kansans who might not be listening to radio or television but are at their office working, e-mail alert pop up on their computer screen will be able to be aware of what is going on to assist the cause,” Kline said.
Police expand resources using the “A Child Is Missing” alert program to recover missing people: New program will help find children, elderly.
The “A Child Is Missing” alert program is a telephone-based program used to track down children, elderly persons (often with Alzheimer’s) and disabled individuals by notifying the community via phone calls within the first few crucial hours after the disappearance, Lt. Lisa Wylie said.
The automated system can send 1,000 recorded messages within 60 seconds and has a 98 percent listen rate when the phone is answered, she said.
In the past 40 months, the program, which works in conjunction with the Amber Alert program and all child-safety programs, has assisted in the safe recovery of 105 missing persons across the country, she said. Since 1997, the program has received more than 10,000 calls for assistance from law enforcement and has placed nearly 11 million alert calls to residents.
The way this system works is rather interesting. Computer generated models and mapping to indicate the possible location and tracking of a missing person.
ACIM technicians use computer-mapping technology to identify the area where the individual was last seen. An imagery or satellite program is also used to increase the map-tracking accuracy and to help visualize “hot spots” that my harbor the missing child or attract a “wandering” individual.
Next, an ACIM technician records an individual alert message, which is phoned to the area where the child was last seen. The alert message asks residents to check their property for the missing individual and to call their local law enforcement agency should they have any information.
The ACIM program is presently used in the following states. If your name is not on the list call your State and Federal politicians and ask why not:
In addition to Arkansas, the program is currently available in Florida, Rhode Island, Alaska, Ohio, Georgia, Nevada, Indiana, Oklahoma, Michigan, West Virginia, Alabama, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, South Carolina, Illinois, California, Pennsylvania and Washington.
Montana has joined a nationwide program that uses automated phone dialing systems to alert residents of missing children.
The program, called A Child is Missing Alert, is intended to immediately get word out to area residents by phone about missing children, but also has been used to help find victims of Alzheimer’s disease, people with disabilities and even missing college students.
On Tuesday, Marlin Price, a retired police chief from Texas, trained a roomful of Montana police officers and sheriffs deputies in how the program works.
The rapid call alert system can send recorded phone messages to hundreds of homes at a time, alerting residents that police are searching for a missing child.
The recording begins: “This is an urgent message from Montana law enforcement. We are currently looking for a missing child in your area.”
We can never have enough resources at hand to prevent missing children cases.
“This program is beneficial for worst-case scenarios,” Price said. “But it works in lots of other scenarios, too. It can notify an entire neighborhood that someone is lost or if they’ve run away.”
Using satellite technology, a technician compiles information directly from an investigator on a missing child or person. The technician enters the address where the person was last seen, as well as other pertinent information, then defines an area in which to begin notifying residents.
The system won’t notify cell phones or unlisted numbers, but people can register to have those numbers also alerted.