Public Safety Canada

Public Safety Canada

May 25, 2009 11:45 ET

The Government of Canada Highlights Importance of 'Our Missing Children' Program

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 25, 2009) - On the occasion of National Missing Children's Day, the Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of Public Safety, the Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of Justice and the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs recognized the success and commitment of the 'Our Missing Children' program in returning missing children to their loved ones.

"The possibility of a child going missing is a parent's greatest fear," said Minister Van Loan. "Today I am proud to highlight the collaborative efforts of all 'Our Missing Children' partners who work tirelessly to reunite missing children with their families."

"Our government is working with its partners to help keep our nation's children, our most valuable treasure, safe and free from harm," said Minister Nicholson. "By working collaboratively, we can continue the success of the 'Our Missing Children' program as it works to prevent child abductions both domestically and internationally, and to find missing children."

"In recent years, we have seen a significant increase in the complexities of international child-related cases. The 'Our Missing Children' program is a fundamental component of our ongoing efforts to locate and return missing children to Canada," said Minister Cannon. "At the same time, we are working hard to encourage countries to accede to international mechanisms such as the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction and to develop partnerships with countries that are not yet able to accede to this Convention."

The 'Our Missing Children' program brings together provincial and territorial governments, Canadian law-enforcement agencies, including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Canada Border Services Agency, Foreign Affairs Canada and the Department of Justice Canada. Through this program, partners exchange vital information to help locate missing children and reunite them with their families.

Since 1988, over 8,000 children reported missing have been located because of the collective efforts of the 'Our Missing Children' program partners.

For more information please visit our website: www.ourmissingchildren.gc.ca

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