Missing Children Focus Of Rotary Meeting

FULTON – At a recent Fulton Sunrise Rotary meeting, Rotarian Doug Stevens introduced Pam Weaver, Deputy Executive Director for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Rotarian Doug Stevens and Pam Weaver
Rotarian Doug Stevens and Pam Weaver

The center was started in 1986 because of a well-publicized kidnapping and murder.

The center works closely with the Department of Justice and started raising awareness through photos on milk cartons.

The center has grown so much compared to then, when only 62% of all missing children were found and today when it is 97%.

In 2014,  466,949 children were reported missing in the US; 19,860 in NYS; 683 in Onondaga and 79 in Oswego County.

Many of these children are runaways who are vulnerable to child trafficking and sexual exploitation.

The center searches for missing children and it also provides free prevention programs to groups and schools.

The Fulton Sunrise Rotary meets every Friday at 7 a.m. at Mimi’s in Fulton.