The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, in partnership with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, will observe National Missing Children’s Day this year by participating in the national Take 25 child safety campaign.
Take 25 encourages parents to take 25 minutes to talk to their children about safety and ways to prevent abduction. The campaign began Wednesday and runs through May 25.
In Forsyth County, safety events will be held Saturday at Central Park and May 25, which is National Missing Children’s Day, at Johns Creek Baptist Church. Both are set for 9 a.m. to noon.
The sheriff’s office will hold “stranger danger” classes for children and Internet safety abduction prevention classes for parents during the events.
Families can also meet deputies and sheriff’s dogs, as well as explore law enforcement equipment and vehicles.
In a statement, Sheriff Duane K. Piper noted that the goal of Take 25 is to “encourage parents to talk to their children about ways to stay safer.”
“This event gives families a fun day while offering the resources and talking points parents might need to start a conversation about safety,” he said.
Every year in America, an estimated 800,000 children are reported missing, according to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Of that number, it is estimated that 200,000 are abducted by family members.
About 115 children annually are victims of serious abduction, in which they are taken by non-family members and either murdered, ransomed or taken with the intent to keep.
An analysis by the center found that in 84 percent of attempted abduction cases, the child escaped through their own actions.