Dear Parent or Loved One,
If you are the parent of a runaway, missing, or sexually exploited youth or adult you may feel that you are living in a nightmare of endless waiting and worrying. The uncertainty of your child's welfare, and the sleepless nights wondering if you will receive a call from the police that they have been picked-up in a sting, or arrested, are exhausting. Are they alive? What is happening to them? These are all common questions that parents are faced with. When parents or loved ones find themselves in this position, they often feel isolated and as if there is no one who understands the on-going agony they are experiencing. The lack of closure when a child is missing indefinitely can be hard to manage.
Safety Compass welcomes families and loved ones of runaway, missing, and exploited young people to find solace and community here. Below you will find posts from parents who have been through experiences that you may find similar to your own. Their feelings and fears may be familiar to you. In the coming year we will be building programming to offer wrap- around support teams to uplift families and help them survive the on-going trauma of a missing or exploited child.