From Where I'm Standing

Musings on life during and after child-abduction by Melissa "Liss" Haviv

The Gift of a Happy Ending


Kid Gloves Learning Lab


“Finding a missing child is called making a recovery, but being found is really just the very first step on a long and difficult road. It’s often not the happy ending people imagine.”

– Melissa Haviv, Executive Director Take Root

An abducted child comes back forever changed, needing help to recover. No one knows this better than the members of Take Root, who were all once abducted children. But traditional missing child services end once missing children are found, leaving reunited families on their own to figure out how to heal. Many never do. One out of every four members of Take Root has attempted suicide.

They tell us that being returned to parents equipped to help them navigate the road to recovery could have changed everything. But most came back to parents who were not given the tools and knowledge needed to help the family heal. Research indicates that less than 10% of parents reuniting with abducted children receive any kind of guidance.

Together, we can fix this.

Take Root’s decade of hands-on work with victims at all ages and stages of recovery has given us unprecedented knowledge and insight into how parents can best support children victimized by abduction – please help us get this wisdom into their hands. Help Take Root build the Kid Gloves for Parents Handling Abducted Children Learning Lab.  With materials designed by Take Root’s Clinical Director Dr. Neil Kirkpatrick, the lab will provide self-paced online training and tools to families in the process of recovery following long term abductions.

We need to raise $35,000 to fund this initiative. If we can raise $5,000 by National Missing Children’s Day on May 25 it will be doubled by an anonymous donor.  We don’t have a moment to lose!

If you think this initiative is important, please use the tools at to join the fundraising team and create your own page to tell you own social network, in your own words, why you think the project needs to be funded.  And, of course, feel free to donate, online at or by check to Take Root, POB 930, Kalama WA 98625.

On behalf of abducted children everywhere,  thank you

(For more information on the need to expand recovery services, also see  this blog post)


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