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Wichita, KS 67203
We have all heard of a child running away, or maybe even have
experienced it on our own. When a child runs away, there are many factors to
take into account from law enforcement’s perspective. What is the child’s age?
What was said before they ran, if anything? Who does your child hang out with on
a daily basis? Are there any local hangouts that your child frequents with
friends? Is the child in danger? These are questions that many parents hope to
never have to answer about their children; but are the type of questions that
law enforcement will use to aid in the search of a runaway child.
A “runaway” is a child that is absent from the home without
permission for any length of time. The common misconception is that you must
wait at least 24 hours to report your child to local law enforcement. The length
of time that you wait is dependent upon many changing factors.
The question you would have as a parent would be “What do I do
in the event that my child runs away from home?”
In the event that your child has run away, call 911 and make a
report with your local law enforcement agency. Upon the arrival of law
enforcement, you will be asked many questions. Be aware the officer is trying to
obtain as many details as they can about your child and the more information
that you can provide the more helpful it will be. The more information you can
provide; the better chance you give your child to be found. Information can
A current picture of your child (recommended).
Describe the clothing that your child was
wearing the last time you saw them.
Local hangouts, groups, friends that your
child is involved with.
Basic physical descriptors
Modes of transportation, methods of
In the event that the child is located, law enforcement will
take the child into custody and transport them to the Wichita Children’s Home
located at 810 N Holyoke in Wichita. The Children’s Home is tasked with
determining the reasons and issues behind why the child ran away and will
determine if the child will be placed into foster care or returned to their
parents or legal guardians. The safety and security of the child is the main
goal of all parties involved.
If the child is in imminent danger because of the facts
surrounding their disappearance an Amber Alert may be issued1. The Amber Alert is
a program designed to get the information out to local media to aid in the
search1. Amber Alerts can only be initiated by law enforcement personnel.
Factors to consider:
Age of the child, must be 17 years old or
Law enforcement must believe that the child is
in immediate danger of bodily harm or death.
There is enough information about the child
and the possible suspect to disseminate to the public.
The situation always dictates the actions taken by law
If you have any questions please refer to the related links
and articles on this page.
We, at the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s
Office, are dedicated to helping citizens combat crime in their
neighborhoods. But we need your help! By utilizing
crime prevention techniques around your home, work place, and
vehicles, you can decrease your chances of becoming a victim!
If you have any questions about what you could do to help
protect yourself and your property, please call either your
Community Liaison Unit at (316) 660-3920 or your Community
Policing Unit at (316) 660-0750. Or email us at
information provided in this document is not intended to be
legal advice, but is merely intended to convey general
information commonly encountered when dealing with the Subjects
discussed herein. Because laws can change very rapidly, we
cannot guarantee that any
Information on this document (or references contained therein) is current
or accurate. Additionally, laws differ from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, and
are subject to interpretation of courts located in each county. Legal advice
must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case and the information
provided herein may not be an appropriate fit for your particular situation. The
Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office, its employees, agents, or others will not be
liable or responsible for any claim, loss, injury, liability, or damages related
to use of this document or any reference provided herein.
Kansas Department of Children and Family
Wichita Children's Home
Kansas Amber Alert Plan
Crime Stoppers of Wichita/Sedgwick County
1Kansas Amber Alert Web Site.
Web. 17 Mar. 2010.
Written by: Deputy Blogref
Reviewed by: J. Page D1642
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