MEMPHIS, Tenn. — When an Amber Alert was issued for 7-month-old Braylen Hunter Clark this week in Memphis, many organizations across Tennessee came together to get the word out and help find him.
The infant was found safe Tuesday after someone dropped him off at a local police station, MPD said.
One of those groups is Saving Lost Kids, which teams up with law enforcement to help find missing kids and also help parents protect their kids from being taken.
Since 2016, the group has worked to make sure kids are safe.
It’s a passion founder Brian Callies said he feels very strongly about.
“A lot of the time, when you see things like this for Amber Alerts, it’s typically a non-custodial parent,” he said. “It’s very rare an abduction is by a complete stranger. Most people think kids go missing or are abducted by a stranger, but the truth is it’s often a family member.”
Callies said a family member like a non-custodial parent could take a child as leverage or revenge against the other parent.
“Remember an Amber Alert has to meet certain requirements,” he said. “Not every child who goes missing warrants an Amber Alert. It’s designed for certain cases.”
Callies works to make sure parents, caregivers and anyone who works with children knows what to do to protect them.
“When a child goes missing is not the time to make sure you have things like ID, fingerprints and other vital information authorities will need,” he said.
Savings Lost Kids hosts free events often and helps parents and caregivers learn what they might need if something were to happen to a child.
“Education is very important,” Callies said. “We sit down with kids and get on their level, give them real-life scenarios and ask what they would do. That helps a lot, with kids of all ages.
The group recommends every parent and child advocate has a Passport for Safety. It’s a packet with information like fingerprints, pictures and more, and it’s designed to play a critical role in helping law enforcement if a child goes missing.
To get a free Passport kit and learn more about Saving Lost Kids, visit their website.
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