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Take Root, a national non-profit organization, is the first missing-child agency to be founded by former abducted-children. Our mission is to respond to child abduction from the unique perspective of the abducted child; gatheirng and sharing knowledge, facilitating healing, and raising issue awareness. Take Root administers the first and only direct support program available to victims of child abduction; engages in advocacy for child-victims; and provides landmark education on the victimology of child-abduction and best practices for multidisciplinary professionals, impacted families and the public. Our vision is to expand the nation's missing-child response beyond recovering missing children, to helping missing children recover.
Take Root addresses a startling paradox in missing child setrvices : child-abduction direct services are not designed for abducted children. The available services, resources, and knowledge have been designed to provide direct support and assistance to the adults who search for missing children. Every member of Take Root is a former missig child, and, although we wish we could say that being found was the end of abduction trauma, we know that isn't so. We established Take Root to help our Nation's missing child response expand beyond recovering missing children, to helping missing children recover. We run the first and only support program for former missing children, and use what we learn to educate multidisciplinary professionals, victims' families, and the public about the victimology of child abduction - the short and long-term impacts throughout the victims life, victim service-needs, and existing gaps in victim services - and offer suggestions on the best approaches to prevention, intervention, and treatment.
- Liss Haviv
- (360) 673-3720
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