The most effective way to support the search for a missing child is to organize and coordinate your Community Response Plan as early as possible. Simple steps can be taken to lay the groundwork for an efficient and effective plan of action. Identifying the key areas where support is needed, assigning coordinators, and then taking action can greatly reduce the chaos and helplessness that a community experiences when a child goes missing.

When organizing your Community Response Plan, it is vitally important that the family is involved in appointing each position. The Community Response Plan will work best if the core group members are trusted by the family and are capable members of your community.