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    CHILD FIND
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OF AMERICAINC.
    CHILD FIND                        ®


OF AMERICAINC.
Our 25th Anniversary...

A Message from the President and Executive Director

Dear Friend,

One person CAN make a difference, and Child Find of America’s history is proof of that.

Child Find was established in 1980 by Gloria Yerkovich, a mother frustrated in the search for her missing daughter
who had been kidnapped by her non-custodial father in the mid-1970s.

Back then, searching mothers and fathers found few resources in law enforcement or in the legal community.
There were no laws about parental/family child abduction and there was little understanding about the devastating
impact parental/family child abduction has on a child. In fact, as victim-advocate John Walsh has said, we knew
more about our stolen cars than we did about our stolen children.

One person changed all that when she founded Child Find.

Since its inception in rural upstate New York 25 years ago, Child Find of America has greatly expanded its scope
to become a nationally acclaimed non-profit and a national leader in the field of missing and exploited children.

Child Find played a significant role in the creation of laws that now make all forms of child abduction a crime,
in the establishment of a national clearinghouse to assist law enforcement in their investigations, and in the
increased media attention given to missing children cases.

Child Find staff have located thousands of missing, runaway and kidnapped children in all 50 states and
10 foreign countries. Child Find staff have prevented and resolved countless family abductions, runaways and
kidnappings through a combination of mediation, conflict resolution and social services, investigation and
public education efforts. Sadly, more than 2,000 children are still reported missing every day.

Child Find of America now receives more than 15,000 calls for help each year.

No matter what service is provided to families in crisis, Child Find’s services are always FREE.

In our 25 years of charitable work, Child Find has earned high praise for sound fiscal management and effective
programming from charity watch groups, the media, law enforcement and social service agencies. Child Find
spends 90 cents or more of every dollar directly on its programs, and because of this outstanding efficiency,
Child Find has consistently earned an A+ rating from the American Institute of Philanthropy.

In 2002, President George W. Bush recognized Child Find’s dedication to missing children by inviting us to speak
on the role of the non-profit agency at the first ever White House Conference on Missing and Exploited Children.

Of course, the most important praise Child Find receives is from parents, happy to have their children returned
home to them safe and sound.

As we commemorate our founding, we thank both our long-term supporters and our new friends. Child Find has
been able to accomplish so much because of your donations. In fact, over the years 90% of Child Find’s income
has been from individuals like you. Our future and, more importantly, the future of children in crisis, depends
upon your continuing generosity.




Elizabeth Baker                                      Donna Linder
President                                            Executive Director
Long Time Child Find Friend Alice Byrne Remembers…
We asked Child Find supporter, friend and former Board President Alice Byrne, of
Alice Byrne Investigations, Inc. in New York City, to recall Child Find’s early years.


Six-year-old Etan Patz disappeared from New York City on his way to school on May 25th,
1979. Etan has not been recovered, yet this child’s life has touched so many. His parents, Stan
and Julie, inspired an exhaustive search for Etan that unfortunately didn’t provide them with
any answers. Some parents get lost in grief, and who could blame them. Others, like Stan and
Julie, rose above their own pain and reached out to those in similar circumstances. I met Julie
in 1980 on a TV show where we were both guests. We talked about the plight of parents of missing kids. Children
involved in parental kidnappings and run-a-ways weren’t treated with the same vigor as a stranger abduction case.
Private investigators were asking $50,000 in fees to assist in investigations.

This seemed obscene, so I developed the first low-cost program to assist searching families, offering two days of our time
to follow leads, and unlimited consultation. We taught parents how to make and distribute effective flyers, get their child’s
picture shown by the media, write press releases, develop public interest, and learn what they could and couldn’t expect
from the FBI and local police.

A year later, I read an article about Child Find, a grass-roots organization started by Gloria Yerkovich. Her child’s father had
abducted Gloria’s daughter. She organized Child Find because of the walls she encountered. Child Find was operating out
of a closet donated at the local police station. The article blasted private investigators for their lack of help. I called Gloria
to say “Hey, not all PIs are in this for the money.” Although very skeptical, Gloria did come to meet me in New York.
That meeting changed my life. I began to donate services to Child Find and became part of their Board of Directors.

My office helped to design the investigative protocol for the organization. We worked to get President Reagan involved in
naming National Missing Children’s Day on May 25th. [I selected the day of Etan’s disappearance.] President Reagan not
only declared National Missing Children’s Day, but also signed the Missing Children’s Act. He then personally donated a
very generous financial gift to Child Find, with one stipulation—we could not reveal how generous he was. I appeared on Good
Morning America as an advocate for missing kids. David Hartman and Joan Lunden were early supporters, regularly airing
pictures of missing children. We developed child safety programs with Pepsi and McDonald’s and I traveled extensively,
promoting awareness. Polaroid came on board with a program to photograph and fingerprint children at shopping centers
nationwide, with the support of Senator Paula Hawkins. The world of missing kids changed again with the disappearance
of Adam Walsh. His father, John Walsh, was devastated to learn police in the next county were not aware of Adam’s
disappearance. There was no utilization of the national computer that notifies other police departments around the country.
That soon changed, as John became another hero along with the Patz family. John continues his dedication to other families today.

Child Find grew and became Child Find of America. One of the prouder moments of my life was being named the National
Honorary Chair of Child Find of America. Child Find changes the life of everyone it touches. For parents there is full support,
compassion, and dedication to their plight. For those who carry out the work of the organization, there is an indescribable
satisfaction when a child is found and reunited with a parent. The pendulum swings the other way when that outcome
isn’t reached. Then there is pain; for me it is deep, quiet and always there motivating me to not give up, not forget.
Child Find of America, Inc. has earned the respect of Presidents, police organizations, corporations, and searching parents,
among so many others. I take such pride in seeing how it has continued to flourish under Donna and her staff’s efforts.
You took what we started and made it even better. I’m so proud of all of you.

Congratulations on 25 years!

Alice Byrne




          Child Find: Bringing Missing, Runaway and Abducted Children Home Since 1980
              The Faces on the Cover …

Those faces featured on the cover of this Child Find annual report are just a few of the thousands
of children located by, or with the help of, Child Find’s dedicated staff during the past 25 years


Gracie’s Story

In 1986, Child Find circulated this picture of Gracylyn on a missing poster.
A few months ago, we received this email from her dad:

To all the wonderful staff and volunteers at Child Find of America, Inc:

I know that this word of thanks has been a long time coming, but I just wanted to let you
know how much I appreciate your help and assistance.

Thank you so very much for the valuable assistance that you provided to me, 18 through
14 years ago, during the four-year search for my daughter, Gracylyn Miller. Through your
efforts and advice I was able to locate my daughter that had been missing since she was four,
located when she was almost eight years old in Dallas, Texas. Gracie was rescued from the
misery of a life on the lam with her mother to a stable home where she grew and flourished
to be a fine young woman. Gracie graduated from high school three years ago as valedictorian
of her class and presently continues her education as a junior at Arkansas University Fayetteville,
on a full-paid scholarship.

Again, Thank You,
Jesse Fuchs



Rebecca’s Story




                                                                                              Rebecca, abducted in the early 90’s
                                                                                              by her mother and kept in hiding with a
                                                                                              changed name, was allowed to write to her
                                                                                              father (the letters were mailed by an intermediary
                                                                                              in Florida). Although the child could not tell her
                                                                                              father where she was, she sent her father this
                                                                                              drawing. A Child Find investigator was able to
                                                                                              locate the “BB Bank” – the Bank of Boston,
                                                                                              and the nearby Becca’s Bakery. Within a month,
                                                                                              Child Find had located Rebecca, who is now
                                                                                              back in Illinois and doing very well.


               Child Find: Bringing Missing, Runaway and Abducted Children Home Since 1980
             The Faces on the Cover Continued…

James, the very first child officially registered as missing by Child Find, was located in 1981. James and
his father were on the run for more than two years, avoiding detection by traveling through Connecticut,
Massachusetts, Florida,Tennessee, and Pennsylvania.The case earned Child Find and the issue of missing
children national media attention. Soon after James’ recovery his mother Patricia wrote to Child Find’s
founder Gloria Yerkovich, “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you personally and Child Find for James
becoming Child Found.” Gloria responded “Do you realize all the good that has come from your reunion
for others? Without this reunion, hundreds of searching parents would not know of Child Find. We’re going
to keep right on making those reunions happen.”



                          Nathan was located and reunited with his father in 1997 after five years in hiding with his mother, living
                          in shelters and suffering abuse from his step father. At the reunification Nathan said, “What took you so
                          long, Dad?” Nathan also reminded us of the loneliness and isolation abducted children feel. He told us that
                          one of the worst things about the abduction was that “I didn’t have anybody to spend time with like I used to.”




          Happy
         Endings




 Young Jessiney was reunited in 1997 with her Grandfather Ken, Grandmother Jenny and proud Dad Brady after living seven
 months in hiding with her mother, surrounded by drugs and violence, unaware that her father was searching for her. Child Find’s
 investigator interviewed family members, pursued dozens of leads and worked closely with the Salt Lake City police to locate
 and return the two-year old child to safety. Child Find’s 1997 holiday card featured the photo of the happy family along with
 their thanks to Child Find supporters who make such happy endings possible.



on the cover:                        Top row: James, Desiree, Rashidi, Steve, Gracylyn • Middle row: Jennifer, Joshua, Dustin,
Jessiney, Donovan • Bottom row: Nathan, Laurie,Tina,Thadeus,Tyler



           Child Find: Bringing Missing, Runaway and Abducted Children Home Since 1980
               A special note:

Katrina and the War in Iraq
All Americans have been impacted in some way by recent events, and some families are struggling more than others.

When Hurricane Katrina separated thousands of children from their families, Child Find received over 100 Katrina-related calls for
assistance. We immediately compiled a list of information, resources and referral numbers for searching parents and connected them
with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s emergency unit for Katrina families.

But a Katrina evacuee, a divorced dad who called from Houston, needed special assistance. As he fled New Orleans with his ten year
old son, they were able to bring only the clothes they were wearing. Left behind with all their possessions and destroyed by floodwaters
were important court documents that gave him full custody and contact information for his son’s mom. Father and son knew mom
would be frantic, and they could not find any agency to help them let her know they were alive and well. Within hours of dad’s call,
Child Find found the mother’s relatives in Oklahoma.The relatives re-connected the boy to his mother, who was extremely overjoyed.

No one yet knows what the impact of Katrina will be on the families coping with divorce and custody issues. For separated evacuees
and families who have chosen to relocate and not to return home, there will be complicated jurisdictional issues.Visitation schedules
are already disrupted, and lost or destroyed family court documents will make matters worse. Child Find is exploring ways in which
we can be of assistance to those families caught in this tragedy, as well as to those whose lives have been complicated by the war.

While the War in Iraq concerns all of us, the strain on the families at home and the fathers and mothers serving there is enormous.
The divorce rate in military families is trending higher than rates in the general population and long distance custody issues are
complicated. In one recent Child Find case, a divorced father who had been serving in Iraq visited his six year old son while on leave.
Dad and his ex-wife had shared peaceful joint custody of the boy. But soon after returning to duty in Iraq, dad was unable to contact
his son and later learned that his ex-wife had moved without notice or a forwarding address. He came across Child Find’s web site
and contacted us by email. Child Find staff located the boy’s maternal grandfather who helped us connect with mom. Mom called
Child Find, and our staff was able to negotiate arrangements for dad to speak with his son by phone, send letters and eventually
resume frequent visits upon his return.




Foundation Grants, In-Kind Donations and Volunteers Make a Difference Too!

While 90% of the Child Find budget comes from individual donations, we value the support we receive from
foundations, businesses and volunteers.

   •   The William Gundry Broughton Foundation’s $10,000 grant in support of the Child Abduction Prevention and Support
       Services program and the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation grant of $20,000 significantly enhanced Child Find’s
       parental abduction prevention services.
   •   IBM Corp.’s in-kind gift of three new computers and the volunteer technical assistance of IBM employee Lynn Baker
       streamlined our day-to-day operations.
   •   In-kind design and printing services from Board member Eric Malter’s MDC Group created this and last year’s annual
       report, as well as a terrific direct mail piece.
   •   Radio Shack, Fanfare Media Works, the John N. Blackman Sr. Foundation, the Jewish Communal Fund, the Hahn Family
       Foundation and the Woodstock Chimes Fund all supported the general operations of our important work.



            Child Find: Bringing Missing, Runaway and Abducted Children Home Since 1980
               business as usual at child find of america

To understand exactly the job Child Find’s staff does every day, we thought you might be interested to learn
about what constitutes a typical day in our Child Abduction Prevention and Support Services program:

9:00 A.M.
Upon arrival at work, our caseworker checks the answering machine. Because we do not have the funds to staff the phone past regular
business hours, we hope that parents who fear an imminent abduction or want to report one that has already happened will leave us a
message. Often there are several messages. Our caseworker will immediately contact anyone who called requesting our services, from
counseling and mediation to legal advocacy. There are often several of these calls to make, any or all of which could keep our caseworker
on the phone for several hours at a time.
Message:
“I’m going through a difficult divorce. My ex-husband says that if I take the house, he will take the kids and I’ll never see them again.
The police say they can’t do anything about an abduction that hasn’t happened yet. What should I do?” Nancy, Michigan


9:10 A.M.
Our caseworker calls up the frantic parent. After calming her down, the caseworker begins to discuss ways of resolving problems before
an abduction occurs. They discuss the logistics of developing a co-parenting plan, a system that this parent had never heard of before. The
parent also did not realize that she could obtain a restraining order that would prohibit the father from leaving the area without permission.
The caseworker wants to advise the mother on other steps she can take to prevent the abduction of her children, but they have already
been on the phone for well over an hour and she is late for work. She promises to call back.
As the caseworker hangs up the phone, a co-worker says that there were three new calls. He describes the situation of the first caller: Karl.

“He had a child out of wedlock with a woman from Peru. She took their two-year-old son and flew back to Peru to live with her parents.
He has their phone number and has spoken to her father, but the woman refuses to get on the phone.”

10:55 A.M.
Our caseworker calls Karl to discuss his legal options. Karl is calling from his cell phone while on the road. He does not know if his name
is on the child’s birth certificate, but will check when he gets home. Our caseworker tells Karl about the Hague Convention of 1986 on the
Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, a treaty that establishes international statutes for returning abducted children to their legal
parent or guardian. Karl begins to tell our caseworker that the mother of his child does not speak English when his cell phone signal fades and
the call is lost. The caseworker calls a Spanish translator he has worked with in the past and tells the translator to expect to work on this case.
They are discussing the details of the case when the caseworker gets a call on another line. He expects it to be Karl calling back, but instead
it is a new caller:

12:55 P.M.
“My ex-wife and I have shared custody of our two kids. The situation has been working okay for a few years. Yesterday I got back from
a business trip and my ex-wife and kids were gone. Her apartment was deserted. The Tucson police say that the she probably left the
city and there’s nothing they can do. Can you help me?” Tom, Arizona
Our caseworker tells Tom that he will call the police and will make sure that, if nothing else, the missing children are entered in the National
Crime Incidents Computer (NCIC) so their identities can be known to law enforcement officers across the country. The call is transferred
to our staff in charge of Locations in order to open a search for the children.

1:50 P.M.
Before the caseworker can call the police, the phone rings. Karl, the man who called about his child being taken to Peru, is on the other line.
While speaking with Karl, two new messages come in regarding mediation and legal advice.

4:25 P.M.
Our caseworker glances at the clock and asks, “Where did the day go?” He asks the same question almost every day at about this time. He is
looking up the phone number for the Tucson police when the phone rings again. It’s Nancy who called this morning. She now has time to talk.
         This is not a worst-case scenario        •   This is not even a busy day        •     This is business-as-usual at Child Find
                YEAR IN REVIEW 2004-2005

Child Find of America, Inc., is a national not-for-profit charity that:
• locates missing children through active investigation
• prevents child abduction through education
• resolves incidents of parental abduction through mediation

Founded in 1980 by the mother of a missing child, Child Find has
located and returned home thousands of children.
In the 2004-2005 fiscal year, 90 cents of every dollar Child Find received was spent on its programs: Location, Mediation,
and Public Information. Worth Magazine named Child Find one of America’s 100 Best Charities in December 2001 and
Child Find received an “A+ Top Charity” rating by the American Institute of Philanthropy, a non-profit charity watchdog.


Child Find Programs:
In fiscal year 2004-2005, Child Find helped 15,000 families nationwide

Location                                          CAPSS                                                 Public Education
1-800-I-AM-LOST                                   1-800-A-WAY-OUT                                       In addition to handling 5,000 calls for
                                                                                                        information about missing children,
During the 2004-2005 fiscal year,                 CAPSS, Child Find’s Child Abduction                   Child Find educates the public about
Child Find registered 463 missing                 Prevention & Support Services, offer                  child safety, runaway issues and the
children and located 19 children.                 mediation and options for families                    problem of child abduction by:
                                                  impacted by child custody crisis. CAPSS
Child Find’s Location                             services include education, information,              * Circulating literature that explains safety
Program includes:                                 assessment, support services and                       programs, parental, stranger and runaway
                                                  referrals to appropriate agencies.                     precautions, and Internet safety.
* The 1-800-I-AM-LOST toll-free phone
  number receives more than 5,000 calls                                                                 * Founding National Missing Children’s Day,
                                                  Child Find’s mediation program is designed to
  a year for assistance.                                                                                 May 25, to focus attention on the missing
                                                  prevent parental abduction and return parentally
                                                  abducted children to a legal environment through       children issue.
* An in-house investigation and location staff.   free, confidential dispute resolution. Mediation
                                                  is available to resolve parental access and visita-   * Using volunteers to promote awareness
* The national dissemination of photos of         tion conflicts and to develop co-parenting plans.      and prevention information about Child
  missing children through support of the                                                                Find’s services.
  media and more than one hundred                 Parents are counseled about the consequences
  companies.                                      of, and alternatives to, abducting their own child.   * Using the local and national media to
                                                  Child Find received over 5,000 calls for assistance    disperse information.
                                                  and provided mediation for 233 cases positively
* National networking with local law
                                                  affecting 329 children.
  enforcement, the FBI, state missing                                                                   * Hosting conferences and workshops for
  children clearinghouses, and schools.                                                                  work sites, schools and community agencies.
                                                  Child Find’s Mediation
                                                  Program features:
                                                                                                        Contact us:
                                                  * 1-800-A-WAY-OUT toll-free number.
  Bringing Missing,
  Runaway and
                                                  * A national network of volunteer professional
                                                   mediators experienced in divorce, custodial,              CHILD FIND                   ®



  Abducted                                         and family mediation.                                 OF AMERICAINC.
  Children                                                                                               PO Box 277 • New Paltz, NY 12561
                                                  * Staff mediators and caseworkers.
  Home                                                                                                   Business Phone: (845) 691-4666
                                                                                                         Fax: (845) 691-7766
  Since                                           * Comprehensive information and referral network.      Email: information@childfindofamerica.org
  1980                                                                                                   Web: www.childfindofamerica.org
 Child Find of America
                                            Financial report 2004-2005
 Board of                                   Statement of Revenues and Expenses
 Directors                                  June 1, 2004 – May 31, 2005

                                            PUBLIC SUPPORT & REVENUE
President
Elizabeth M. Baker
Manager,
                                            Contributions              ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••      $ 216,527
IBM Corporation, NY
                                            Interest                                                                                                                                              22
                                                      ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••




                                            Total Revenue                  •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••    $ 216,549
Vice President/Treasurer
Arthur H. Finnel                            EXPENSES
CFO,
WellGen, Inc., NJ
                                            Program Services
Secretary
Donna Linder                                Location    ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••       $ 65,523
Executive Director,                         CAPSS/Mediation                      •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••       $ 77,018
Child Find of America, NY                   Public Information                       •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••       $ 68,144

Eric Malter                                 Total Program Services                                                                                                                      $ 210,685
CEO,
MDC Group, NY                               Management               ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••      $ 15,480
                                            Fundraising          •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••    $ 8,556
Gary Markovits
CEO & President,
                                            Total Supporting Services                                      ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••     $ 24,036
Innovation Business Partners, Inc., NJ


Kenneth Neumann                             Total Expenses                   ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••      $ 234,721
Mediator,
Center for Family & Divorce Mediation, NY


Michael C. Titens                           Expenses distribution 2004-2005
Attorney,
Thompson & Knight L.L.P., TX
                                            90% of revenue is allocated to programming
Sha-Chelle Devlin-Manning
Consultant, TX
                                                CAPSS
Jose Acosta                                      33%                                                                                                         Public Information
Vice President                                                                                                                                                      29%
IBP, Inc., FL




                                                                                                                                                             Fundraising
 Child Find of America
                                                                                                                                                                4%

 S TA F F                                                   Location
                                                                                                                                       Management
                                                                                                                                          6%
                                                              28%
Executive Director – Donna Linder
Associate Director – Carol Robins           Child Find of America, Inc. is exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)3 of the Internal
CAPSS Coordinator – Ray Tomaselli           Revenue Code and is not a private foundation as defined in section 509(a). Contributions made to
                                            help sustain the programs and services of Child Find are fully tax deductible by donors, as defined by
Location Coordinator – Tracy Martin         law. Copies of Child Find of America’s annual fiscal report may be obtained by writing to:
Program Assistant – Gabriel St. John
                                            Child Find of America, Inc.                                                              OR                                                New York State Secretary of State
                                            P.O. Box 277                                                                                                                               Office of Charities Registration
                                            New Paltz, NY 12561                                                                                                                        162 Washington Ave.
                                                                                                                                                                                       Albany, NY 12231



                 Child Find: Bringing Missing, Runaway and Abducted Children Home Since 1980
  Chayton Hutchens                      Jeremy Shugarman                         Shania Supanich




   Disappeared from:                      Disappeared from:                     Disappeared from:
       Bartow, FL                            Las Vegas, NV                          Auburn, VA
Date disappeared: 1/1/03              Date disappeared: 5/29/04              Date disappeared: 4/2/04

                           Samantha Kibalo               Samantha Kibalo




                        Disappeared from:             Age processed photograph
                            Suffern, NY
                     Date disappeared: 2/4/01




If you think you have seen any of these children, please call:
         1-800-I-AM-LOST (1-800-426-5678)


                                                            PO Box 277 • New Paltz, NY 12561
                                                            Business Phone: (845) 691-4666

    CHILD FIND                                  ®
                                                            Fax: (845) 691-7766


OF AMERICAINC.
                                                            Email: information@childfindofamerica.org
                                                            Web: www.childfindofamerica.org

				
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