An abducted child comes back forever changed, needing help to recover. No one knows this better than the members of Take Root, who were all once abducted children. But traditional missing child services typically end when missing children are found, leaving reunited families on their own to figure out how to heal. Many never do. One out of every four members of Take Root has attempted suicide.
They tell us that being returned to parents equipped to help them navigate the road to recovery could have changed everything. But most came back to parents who were not given the tools and knowledge needed to help the family heal. Research indicates that less than 10% of parents reuniting with abducted children receive any kind of guidance*.
We can fix this.
Take Root’s decade of hands-on work with victims at all ages and stages of recovery has given our agency unprecedented knowledge and insight into how parents can best support children victimized by abduction. But we have lacked the resources for getting this knowledge into the hands of those who need it. We are very pleased to announce that with the recent addition of Dr. Neil Kirkpatrick and Phoebe Mulligan, LICSW to our team as, respectively, Clinical Research Director and Clinical Support Facilitator, we are in a position to move forward with a long anticipated, very special project:
The Kid Gloves for Parents Handling Abducted Children Learning Lab
The Learning Lab will provide self-paced online training and tools to families preparing for and in the process of recovery. The material will cover not only suggestions from our Kid Gloves protocol, but a "how-to" component to coach parents.
If we can raise the needed funding, the Lab can be open by the end of the year. We need to raise a total of $35,000. If we can raise $5,000 of that by National Missing Children’s Day on May 25 it will be matched by an anonymous donor. Please support this project today.