In 1984, John and Revé Walsh created an incredible organization, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. This organization was private, non-profit, and was focused on saving missing and exploited children. This organization has helped an incredible number of children and families be reunited.
According to missingkids.com, “NCMEC’s Family Abduction Unit consists of case management teams which provide technical assistance and support for families, law enforcement agencies and attorneys. This support focuses on preventing family abductions and assisting in the location and recovery of missing children nationally and internationally.”
“FAU works each case on an individual basis, coordinating with government and nongovernmental agencies in the U.S. and other countries to provide technical assistance and information regarding both civil and criminal remedies. Additionally, FAU helps identify, develop and promote resources to resolve national and international family abductions through trainings and presentations for the legal and law enforcement communities.”
With such easy access to the internet, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children has been thriving in the modern world. A lot of the success with this organization is due to modern technology. If the lost or missing child has been gone for years, they can use a photo of the child and generate what they may look like today. It is mind blowing to see how accurate a lot of the generated pictures actually are when the child (or adult) is found. In the case of Steve Carter, he never would have been found if it weren’t for the incredible technology that the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children uses.
In Steve Carter’s case, he found some deep, heartbreaking secrets about his past after he heard another woman’s story on this website. If it weren’t for her story surfacing, Carter never would have sparked an interest in digging up his past.
In many cases of adoption, the adopted child becomes curious about their birth parents as the years pass. Steve Carter was a prime example of this as he wouldn’t quit until he knew the truth. Although he was devastated by some of the secrets he uncovered, it was important for him to learn where he came from.
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