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Children‘s disappearance is big and painful problem all over the world. For this reason the European Commission has approved a shortphone number 116000 for the registration of the missing children.
The hotline must be installed in all European Union countries. The line installation in Lithuania is implemented by Missing Persons‘ Families Support Centre. The line installation was started in July of this year and was planned to complete in October. However, we were not able to do it according to the plan due to the lack of funds. Installation of the line is moved to 2013.
Studies have shown that the first hour of the child‘s dissappearance is vitally important, so a quick notification and registration of the child‘s dissappearance is necessary to adequately and quickly announce the child search. Easy to remember free emergency number will be available 24 hours per day, which is very important.
By this number responsible for the child people, i. e. parents, gardians, social workers and those who face the missing children problem will be able to get the Missing Persons‘ Families Support Centres additional specialist support in relation to the social, psychological and legal issues. The Lithuanian Ministry of Education in the middle of March, 2012 appealed to the police department for 3318 children not attending school and untraceable (not found) under 16 years old. This indicates that the scale of problem is large.
We ask all people of Lithuania, who are not indifferent to such a painful problems of child‘s dissappearance, to give their 2 % from the income tax for the helpline 116000.