Help keep HOPE alive
Show your children unconditional love and loving concern every day.
Know where your children are at all times. Be familiar with their friends and daily activities.
Teach your child his or her first and last names, the names of their parents and their phone number with area code.
Keep a current emergency fact sheet with photo and a description of your child, including height and weight.
When Sharon Y. Martinez’ three children were abducted in 1991, she desperately sought help from every resource she could imagine. However, the state and federal governments were not coordinated in their recovery efforts and much of her personal resources were exhausted in an attempt to bring her children safely back home to Hawaii.
Prior to the passing of HRS 28-0121 establishing the Hawaii State Clearinghouse for Missing Children in 1994, there was no agency solely dedicated to the recovery and prevention of child abduction in Hawaii. Parents of missing children had nowhere to turn for assistance. In some cases, local law enforcement would consider these kinds of cases as civil matters or domestic disputes.
Recovering a child sometimes took a lot of resources including transportation, investigation fees, and legal counsel. There were instances when parents file for bankruptcy in their attempt to recover their missing child. Ms. Martinez was instrumental in establishing the Hawaii State Clearinghouse for Missing Children. Ms. Martinez spent over $70,000 trying to locate her children, hiring attorneys and private investigators. Three years after her children were abducted by their father and taken to Mexico, her 14 year old son escaped from his father’s captivity and was reunited with his mother.
To raise funds to support and initiate recovery of missing and abducted children, public awareness and education about the issues of missing children.
To educate the public and ourselves about the issues of missing children.
To clearly promote and communicate the mission of the Friends of the Missing Children’s Center Hawaii through the use of informational tools.
Sarah “Dowsha” Elgohary has been missing since May 27, 1997. She was taken by her father to Egypt. Sarah’s mother has never given up, going to Egypt twice to get her back. During one visit, her mother received custody in the Egyptian courts, only to......
Therese Vanderheiden Walsh has been missing since June 22, 1990. Therese was taken from her daycare at the age of six. Therese would be 28 years old this year. Therese’s father never gave up looking for her, whenever he was at an airport he would......
Uber partners with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) to help reunite missing children with their families! ...
Hawaii authorities have captured a Georgia fugitive wanted for kidnapping and other charges. All three of his children who were reported m...