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Code Adam

Why is “Code Adam” important to your store, employees, patrons, and community?
By the late Harold Rosen, Volunteer

It may be one of a parent’s worst nightmares - suddenly your child is missing. It may happen at an amusement park, a clothing store, a department store, or a supermarket. This is exactly what happened to Revé and John Walsh on July 27, 1981, when their 6-year-old son, Adam, was abducted from a Florida department store. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, in a one-year period of time 115 children were the victims of “stereotypical” abductions in which a slight acquaintance or someone unknown to the family detained a child overnight, transported the child at least 50 miles, held the child for ransom, or abducted the child with the intent to permanently keep or kill the child.1

We will never know whether or not Adam would have survived on that July morning in 1981 if a program like Code Adam had been in place, but this program has the potential to save many children like Adam. Since its development and implementation, Code Adam has successfully thwarted abductions in progress. You may help reduce this number by encouraging your businesses, libraries, public buildings, and others in your community to adopt the Code Adam program.

1According to David Finkelhor, Heather Hammer, and Andrea J. Sedlak in “Nonfamily Abducted Children: National Estimates and Characteristics” in National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway, and Thrownaway Children (NISMART-2), Washington, DC: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, October 2002, page 2, 115 children were victims of this form of abduction in 1999.

         
Provided Courtesy of the Center for Missing and Exploited Children