March Homeless Tip of the Month
What if a child has been abducted? If the enrolling school does not require proof of guardianship, how will abducted children be found?
The McKinney-Vento Act provisions requiring immediate enrollment are even more important in a case of child abduction. If there is legitimate cause for concern, the school should immediately contact the police, Child Protective Services, or if possible, the student’s parents, consistent with state law. While law enforcement and/or Child Protective Services are conducting their investigations, the safest place for the student is school, rather than isolated with a potential abductor. It is advisable to involve the school counselor or social worker, who can closely monitor the situation. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children also maintains an on-line database and toll-free hotline schools can consult to see if a student has been reported missing; see http://www.missingkids.com/ or 1-800-THE-LOST. More information on trafficking and homelessness, including steps that schools can take to respond to signs of trafficking among its students, is available at http://center.serve.org/nche/ibt/trafficking.php.
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