Find the Children was founded in 1983, by the late Linda Otto. The non-profit organization is dedicated to the recovery of missing
children and the prevention of child abuse. Ms. Otto, produced the movie, “Adam”, which depicted the tragedy that sometimes follows child abduction. During filming, Ms. Otto discovered that there were no agencies tracking missing children and reunifying them with their families. To this day, Find The Children works closely and in conjunction with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. FTC caseworkers work diligently to assist families who are
searching for missing children by helping them to access local and federal law enforcement, advising them to file the appropriate legal documents, and connecting them with other agencies, non-profit organizations, and community resources that may help them in their search. Find The Children also offers programs that help to educate parents and children about the importance of child safety.
Find the Children’s volunteers have assisted thousands of families by distributing fliers which include pictures of missing children and stickers which are placed on vending machines to increase visibility. FTC’s photo partner program sends children's pictures to
newspapers and periodicals all over the country. Since one out of seven missing children is found because of someone seeing their photo and reporting it to law enforcement, we seek to enlighten the media and the public by providing current information concerning missing children cases.
Find the Children is the coordinating agency for the Child Abduction Task Force, a multi-agency team sponsored by the Inter-Agency Council for Child Abuse and Neglect (ICAN). Participating agencies include, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office, the Los Angeles Police Department, FBI, Los Angeles County Department of
Children and Family Services, Los Angeles County District
Attorney's Office (Child Abduction Unit), Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Center, the H.E.L.P. Group and the U.S. Secret
The Child Abduction Task Force serves children from Los Angeles County who are recovered from a stranger /non-family or parental abduction and the families with whom they are reunited. The goal of the Task Force is to reduce trauma to children and their families who are victims of abduction by providing an effective, coordinated multi-agency response to child recovery and reunification.
A Tribute to Our Founder, Linda Otto
Linda Otto Landsburg founded Find the Children 28 years ago. It was the first
non-profit charity dedicated to the
prevention and recovery of ABDUCTED CHILDREN in the western United States.
illuminated the unbelievable fact that no public service organization was dedicated to the problem of tracking, finding, and
returning abducted children. Linda's
depiction of the tragic kidnapping and
subsequent murder of ADAM, John and Reve Walsh's 7 year old son created the need for citizen action.
families is a delicate and difficult task. A trained therapist is provided by Find the Children to soften the impact for each child brought home. Another facet of our work is a safety program of live presentations that are made at K-6 grades in schools in Los Angeles County. Widely hailed, the
program has already been seen by 751,000 children.
mission, please join in honoring Linda's
legacy, by contributing your financial support to Find the Children.
Sincerely, Alan Landsburg