A Child Is Missing Alert program started on a wing and a prayer to help find missing children. When you get an idea and only you can see the long term good it will do, it is sometimes hard to get others to understand your passion. But as long as you believe you can make it happen.
For over 3 years I trudged along and just made ends meet while keeping on task. The first funding came from the Florida Legislature. We were off and running!
Then I ventured to Washington, DC to look for federal funding, the late Congressman E. Clay Shaw requested and obtained funding for the expansion of A Child Is Missing Alert Program.
Funding came from the US Government in the form of earmarks (no longer exists) this support was very important to all nonprofit organizations. A Child Is Missing now relies on private funding, fundraisers, grants, states and law enforcement to provide funding.
A minimum of $700 for departments under 900 Sworn Officers yearly is requested from the smaller departments. As a large departments $1200 yearly for department with over 900 sworn officers. This is not a lot for a program that is ready to serve you … we are available to you 24/7, 365. Unlimited call for the missing. You have received this program free most of you since 2000.
We have to pay to deliver the program for you… we must rely on you as our support.