April 20, 2012
For Immediate Release
New statistics underscore the importance of providing financial support to parents
Winnipeg, MB: The federal government’s new income support program for parents of murdered or missing children is a positive development that rightfully acknowledges that victims of crime need both time to grieve and financial support. This will assist them during what is perhaps the most unbearably painful time of their lives, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection said today.
“We have been conducting preliminary research into Canadian cases of child abduction where the child was murdered, and while the information is difficult to hear, it sheds light on why providing such support to families of is so crucial,” said Lianna McDonald, Executive Director of the Canadian Centre.
The Canadian Centre’s research to date is based on almost 80 child stranger abductions that have taken place in Canada since 1961 that resulted in a murder. Of those cases, 35 per cent of families were searching for more than a month before their child’s body was recovered. This statistic doesn’t account for the hundreds of Canadian families still searching for their missing child.
“What this information tells us is that many families of missing children are dealing with the unknown for a substantially long period of time – and our statistics don’t account for time needed for the grieving process,” noted McDonald. “The new federal support program could result in much-needed assistance for families, and we applaud the government for making support for victims of crime a priority.”
The Canadian Centre for Child Protection operates MissingKids.ca – Canada’s national missing children resource and response centre. It offers families support in finding their missing child and provides educational materials to help prevent children from going missing. The Canadian Centre’s full Abducted and Murdered Children’s Research Report is expected to be released in 2013.
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Communications, Canadian Centre for Child Protection