ICAN Child abduction task force

What is the ICAN Child Abduction Taskforce?

In 1990 ICAN formed the multidisciplinary Child Abduction Task Force (TF) to work both on assisting LE and other agencies in locating abducted children AND in providing reunification counseling for children and families when a child is recovered.


The TF initially focused on various Law Enforcement agencies in the WLA area. The project expanded and went county-wide in 1995, and is currently known as: The ICAN Child Abduction TF/Reunification of Missing Children Program.

The current make-up of the Task Force includes:

  • Find The Children (FTC), the coordinating agency for child abduction services in Los Angeles County, and chair of the Task Force;

  • Various Mental Health Agencies;

  • Community-based child and family counseling programs;

  • District Attorney; -Local Law Enforcement;

  • FBI;

  • DCFS; and

  • County Counsel

The Program’s Goal is to reduce trauma to children and families who fall victim to parental or stranger abduction by providing an effective and coordinated multi-disciplinary response.

Specific services include:

  • Linkage to support services;

  • Various Mental Health Agencies;

  • Coordination of Law Enforcement efforts; and

  • Child Protection and Mental Health Support to preserve long-term family stability.

FTC places a strong emphasis on prevention and education through community outreach and programs such as the Elementary School & Parent Presentation program, known as KID INTUITION.

The goal of programs like these is to educate the public on issues of child abduction and abuse and to present measures that should be taken to help ensure the safety of all children.

The Task Force meets monthly in order to evaluate the process of on-going cases receiving services; and all cases are reviewed.

Task Force participants provide expertise and assess each case for further action. In 1996, FTC added children abducted from Foster care to its case management program. Today roughly 95% of their cases are referred by DCFS.

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