History

1984

On November 1, 1984, a young boy named Maurice Vien was tragically taken from his family, friends and community. His murder sparked the creation of the Missing Children’s Network.

1990

The Missing Children’s Network transported National Missing Children’s Day to European soil by organizing a special ceremony that brought together several organizations from Brussels, France and England.

1994

The Missing Children’s Network launched its Prevention and Education Program in Day Camps and sensitized thousands of children about the importance of keeping themselves safe.

1998

The Missing Children’s Network, in collaboration with McDonald’s Restaurants and Montreal Police, held an Identification Day on the island of Montreal.

2001

The Child Identification Day is now presented across the province, thanks to McDonald’s Restaurants and law enforcement in Quebec.

2004

The City of Montreal proclaimed May 25th to be National Missing Children’s Day.

2008

Twenty volunteers from the Network reached new heights as they climbed Mt Kilimandjaro and raised over $75,000 in aid of our critical mission.

The Network published Operation Vigilance, a series of three brochures that contain a wealth of safety advice for parents of children 0-17 years-old.

2011

The Missing Children’s Network, in collaboration with ADR-TV, launched Child Alert, an application that allows parents to record and store their child’s profile directly on their smart phones.

2014

The Missing Children’s Network launched Develop Sweet Reflexes, an awareness campaign designed to sensitize parents and children about the importance of developing sound safety strategies, while at the same time raising funds through the sale of the Candy Catcher, a Halloween bag with reflective tape.

2016

The Missing Children’s Network, in collaboration with Groupe Jean Coutu and UPS, hosted a province-wide awareness campaign entitled, Together for Safety.

Over 25,000 activity booklets were distributed to local schools by law enforcement.

1986

National Missing Children’s Day was commemorated for the very first time at the Old Port in Montreal. Over 5,000 balloons with photos of missing children were released.

Terry Di Monte of CHOM-FM hosted our first Radiothon of Hope and helped raise over $72,000.

1992

Thanks to Debbie Kolokythias, a 15 year-old Montrealer, the Gazette invited the Missing Children’s Network to run its operations, free of charge, in their building.

1996

The Missing Children’s Network was awarded le Prix du Partenariat by the Montreal Police Service.

The Missing Children’s Network inaugurated its Garden of Hope at the Montreal Botanical Garden.

2000

The Network launched its Prevention and Education Program in local schools in the Greater Montreal area.

2003

The Missing Children’s Network is invited by the RCMP, SQ and Montreal Police Service to implement the Amber Alert program in Quebec.

2006

The Missing Children’s Network, in collaboration with Montreal Police and En Marge 12-17, published Coming Back to Stay, a manual for parents whose children have run away.

2010

Jean Coutu Group became the new partner of our Provincial Child Identification Day and hosted a clinic in over 180 participating pharmacies – in all, 14,998 ID booklets were distributed and completed.

2012

Canada Border Services Agency, Aéroports de Montréal and the Missing Children’s Network joined forces to raise awareness about missing children by displaying photos of 16 children on over 100 LCD screens at Montréal-Trudeau Airport.

The Missing Children’s Network received the prestigious Our Missing Children Award of Excellence in recognition for its leadership and excellence in working together to bring home missing children.

2015

Total Logistics Group of Companies joined our Corporate Partner Poster Campaign by featuring posters of missing children on their trucks. This unprecedented initiative allows thousands of people all across North America to be on the look-out for these children.

The Network collaborated with Facebook Canada in the launch of geo-targeted Amber Alert notices to Facebook users all across Canada.

Pour la Semaine nationale de l’action bénévole, le Réseau Enfants-Retour a réalisé cette vidéo pour rendre hommage à ceux qui contribuent à son succès. C'est notre façon de vous dire merci !

To mark National Volunteer Week, the Missing Childrens Network has created the following video that pays tribute to all those that contribute to our successes. It is our special way to say thank you!
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Pour la Semaine nationale de l’action bénévole, le Réseau Enfants-Retour a réalisé cette vidéo pour rendre hommage à ceux qui contribuent à son succès. C'est notre façon de vous dire merci !

To mark National Volunteer Week, the Missing Childrens Network has created the following video that pays tribute to all those that contribute to our successes. It is our special way to say thank you!
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Cette année, nous avons eu la chance non pas d’avoir une ou même deux, mais trois superbes étudiantes en travail social qui ont choisi le Réseau Enfants-Retour pour y faire leur stage final! Nous avons eu l’honneur de faire équipe avec : Lisa Wilson (Cégep Dawson), Diane Dieujuste (Cégep du Vieux-Montréal) et Sarah Dudley (Université McGill).

Elles ont ri avec nous, pleuré avec nous, se sont réjouies avec nous et ont grandi avec nous. Nous sommes tellement reconnaissants de les avoir eues parmi nous et les remercions pour tout l’appui qu’elles nous ont donné, comme répondre aux courriels et appels téléphoniques, ou encore appuyer les familles et apprendre aux enfants à se protéger.

Au nom de toute l’équipe du Réseau Enfants-Retour et des familles que nous aidons, nous les remercions et leur souhaitons le plus grand des succès dans tous leurs projets futurs. Elles nous ont aidé à faire de notre petit coin du monde un endroit plus sûr pour nos enfants! Et elles nous manqueront énormément!

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This year we were lucky enough to have not one, or two, but three amazing and dedicated Social Work students that chose the Missing Children’s Network for their final stage!
We have had the honor of working alongside: Lisa Wilson (Cégep Dawson), Diane Dieujuste (Cégep du Vieux-Montréal) and Sarah Dudley (Université McGill).

They’ve laughed with us, cried with us, rejoiced with us, and grown with us. We are so grateful to have had them on our team and are thankful for all the support they provided us, from answering emails and phone calls, to supporting families and educating children on how to stay safe.

On behalf of the staff at the Missing Children’s Network and families we assist, we thank them and wish them continued success in all their future endeavours. They helped us make our little corner of the world a safer place for our children! They will be greatly missed!
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Mission Accomplished!

Congratulations to our wonderful team who braved the rain on Saturday and ran on behalf of missing children! Thanks to their efforts and to the generosity of our donors, we raised an unprecedented
$10,250. These funds will support our safety workshops in the schools.

Kudos to all and see you next year!
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Mission accomplie !

Félicitation à notre merveilleuse équipe qui a bravé la pluie ce samedi et couru pour les enfants disparus. Grâce à notre effort et à la générosité de nos donateurs, nous avons recueilli la somme de 10,250 $, un record en ce qui nous concerne. Ces fonds vont aider les enfants via nos activités de prévention dans les écoles.

Bravo à tous et on se revoit l’an prochain !
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