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State Passes Law Protecting Homeless Teens From Law Enforcement

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 10.03.2013 | Politics

California officials are no longer required to report homeless teens to law enforcement thanks to a bill that was signed into law on Wednesday. Th...

Understanding the Public's Misperceptions About Missing Children

Tony Loftis | Posted 07.28.2013 | Crime
Tony Loftis

I think that we still have a very old-fashioned attitude that runaways are bad kids, or runaways run from bad places. But, the way our system operates, we categorize any missing person as a runaway until we know otherwise.

Bad Things Happen to Good Parents: Digital Parenting Tips

Tony Loftis | Posted 05.26.2013 | Parents
Tony Loftis

"Answer me this -- do you know who your child made friends with on Facebook yesterday?" Tim Woda, co-founder of UknowKids.com, poses this question whenever he discusses Internet safety with concerned parents.

The Silent Crisis: Runaway Children

Tony Loftis | Posted 05.06.2013 | Impact
Tony Loftis

The image of a doe-eyed young blonde girl is splashed across the news. She is the latest victim of abduction or runaway -- but she is just one.

5 More Questions to Ask Your Kids About Their Digital Life

Tony Loftis | Posted 04.30.2013 | Parents
Tony Loftis

Talking with your kids about what they do online should be as natural as asking about what they did in school and as important as the other really big talk.

The Other Missing Kids: Parental Abduction

Tony Loftis | Posted 04.22.2013 | Impact
Tony Loftis

When people think about missing children, images of scary white vans and bus stop grabs rush through their heads. But for many children, it is a parent's car, not a scary van that rips them from everything they have ever known.

5 Questions to Ask Your Kids About Their Online Life

Tony Loftis | Posted 04.21.2013 | Parents
Tony Loftis

Studies show that parental involvement is the number one factor in keeping kids safe online. As with any other activity, understanding what our kids do online means being involved and asking questions.

Supporting the Families of the Long-Missing

Tony Loftis | Posted 04.15.2013 | Impact
Tony Loftis

Families with missing loved ones face a lonely and challenging journey. For some, that journey ends quickly with reunification. But for many families, answers come slowly, if they come at all.

How to Talk to Your Kids About Their Online Life

Tony Loftis | Posted 04.02.2013 | Parents
Tony Loftis

The whole point of global connectivity is that information is everywhere. If your children don't want you -- or grandma, their soccer coach or their secret crush -- to read something or see a picture of it, it most certainly doesn't belong on the Internet.

What I Learned When My Daughter Ran Away

Tony Loftis | Posted 02.26.2013 | Impact
Tony Loftis

When my daughter went missing, I needed to act -- I couldn't just sit by the phone and wait. So I turned to Facebook. And Twitter. And LinkedIn. And email. And anything else I could think of. Before my daughter was returned home safely, more than 4,000 people shared my story.

Katherine Bindley

Search For Missing Wayland Teen, Allie Loftis, 13, Continues in Brooklyn

HuffingtonPost.com | Katherine Bindley | Posted 01.12.2012 | New York

Alexandra "Allie" Loftis, 13, a teenager from Wayland, Mass., has been missing for over a week now, and authorities believe she may be somewhere in Br...

Teen Who Reportedly Ran Away To Avoid Arranged Marriage Found Safe

Skokie, IL Patch | Ted Regencia | Email the Author | 11:11am | Posted 06.20.2011 | Chicago

A Skokie teenager who went missing since last month after fleeing from her family has been found early Wednesday. Zaineb S. Chaudary, 16, "was fou...

Police: Illinois Teen Ran Away To Avoid Arranged Marriage

Posted 06.18.2011 | Chicago

Law enforcement agencies throughout Illinois are looking for a missing Skokie teen who may have run away from home to avoid an arranged marriage. ...