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article imageCFSI: The non-profit that finds America's lost children Special

By Ben Morris     Jun 17, 2014 in Crime
Lockhart - It is a type of heartache no parent wants to experience. When a child goes missing a giant hole develops in the souls of those who lives were improved with the birth of a child. That heartache motivates one organization to find our missing children.
The statistics relating to missing children are tragic. Close to a million children go missing in the United States every year. Some are abducted, some get lost, and some run away. Of those who run from family, or other personal issues, one out of every seven of them are likely sex trafficking victims. Finding those children is a race against time to prevent a child from moving into a situation they can’t get away from.
In an article posted on CNN, after the infamous case of three women escaping a home in Cleveland, Kenneth V. Lanning a former FBI agent admitted, cases of abductions and runaways are, “often frustrating and emotionally draining for law enforcement.” The sheer numbers of the missing is often difficult to manage. That is why one organization, through three different factions, hits the streets to find a missing child, and return him or her to a safe environment.
Celebrating their 400th found child, the Center for Search and Investigation uses every method possible to locate missing children. The leader of the organization, Chuck Foreman, is thrilled with the accomplishment, but is annoyed by the obstruction of those in law enforcement he feels should be more involved in missing children cases. CFSI uses forensics, IT, and surveillance to give investigators the leads that find the missing children, but personalities unfortunately clash, leaving the collaboration on shaky ground.
“I’ve had conversations with police officers that should not be on the job,” claimed Foreman who added, “You’d be surprised at the amount of detectives who because of their egos, choose not to be involved with us.”
Foreman is not afraid to be quoted criticizing investigators he believes are not working hard enough to find missing children. He estimates police have partnered effectively with CFSI to find missing kids just 20% of the time. The type of officers who work with his group, by his accounts are women, and officers whose children have been found deceased. The frustration is rooted in his work with the military where he helped feed, and seek hospitalization for children in northern Iraq after Desert Storm. His work lead him to start a strong organization that has, “the best of the best,” volunteering whatever time they have.
CFSI is looking for college students, and others in the U.S and Canada to help the search for missing boys and girls. No matter where the volunteers come from, or the skills they have, Foreman is looking to assemble an even bigger team, with dreams of expanding the number of volunteers to help a very important cause, which includes catching those who take advantage of desperate, and lonely kids who are alone on the streets.
With determination, in his voice, Foreman gave a message to those who prey on children.
"I don't care how many CSI shows you watch on T.V. I got members of my organization who will work circles around any electronic guru, and we will find you."
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