January February 2000
4thekids Web Page
As of December 22, 1999, 4THEKIDS had our 100th member sign on. Our seven
month old organization dedicated to missing children is a growing group of volunteers.
Congratulations to each one passing on to others about this organization. We can only
express our gratitude to you wanting to help with missing children and choosing this
organization to volunteer your time to help with missing children.
BLEVINS KIDS ARE FOUND
We received word on Friday (01/14/2000) that the F.B.I. had located the
children. Also received another email from the father F. John Blevins (Gator) late last
night saying that he was back at home after flying down to pick up the kids. They are
doing ok, they need a little medical attention but will be ok.
I want to thank everyone that has helped with this case. First off Jerry Strahan and his
P.I. Team who helped me trace phone numbers and other things. We also want to thank SafetyEd International for the on-line
resources. A big THANK YOU goes to an un-named source that helped supply many leads. (And
to the member that emailed the flier to this un-named angel, THANK YOU!) You really never
know how helpful emailing an Alert Notice can be. A flier sent by a member that ended up
in a person's mailbox really helped with this case.
The contact with NCMEC and the Texas Department of
Safety was great.
The other person that deserves a lot of credit is the father Gator. This man has lived a
nightmare and faced many uphill roads, but never lost sight of the fact that getting his
kids safely back was all that mattered
We will keep you posted on this case and please continue to send prayers and good thoughts
out to the Blevins family.
This is the first issue of the 4thekids Newsletter that is edited by Joyce
Schultz. Patty and I really want to thank Joyce for taking on this task. It has really
freed us up for other duties.
Something that I would like to bring up is that if anyone should have any
questions about for the kids, please let Patty, Jerry, Joyce or myself know and we'll try
our best to get the answers out.
We will continue to let you know what kind of help is needed. When
you can give us a hand just let us know by contacting Dean or Patty. Addresses:Patty firstname.lastname@example.org Dean email@example.com
Following areas needing volunteer help:
Tracking down leads that are received on missing children.
Creating brochures and form letters for 4thekids
Be a part of a team that does internet searches in areas where it is
suspected a missing child might be.
Sending e-mails to businesses in those suspected areas, asking them to
post fliers in their places of
Sharing ideas and skills will make this organization more efficient. We
want to hear what ideas and
suggestions you might have.
It will become exceedingly important to have help in raising funds See
OPERATIONS NEWS for
Happy New Year
4thekids send to you wishes for a prosperous and happy New Year 2000. We
pray this is the year we will continue to find more missing children. But our New Year
could only begin by thanking you for the past support you have given us and for all the
help we will receive in this year. Thank you for telling others about 4thekids. Continue
to share our site 4thekids Our goal is to continue to improve and hone our skills and
implement the most effective methods in finding missing children
FROM THE DESK OF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Patty brings to our attention of our latest success
This is sooo Great ! !
Patty received the following e-mail
My name is Erika Costanzo and I work in Marketing at ONElist (weve merged with
eGroups, thus the reason for my eGroups email address!) I want to thank you for submitting
your wonderful and heartwarming story about your ONElist community, 4thekids.
I am very interested in featuring this story on our web site. Ive taken the
information you submitted and have written the following story. Please review and email
your comments and/or changes back to me. Again, thank you for sharing such a wonderful
story with us. We are happy to know that ONElist is truly helping people help others! I
look forward to hearing back from you.
4thekids - ONElist Community Helps Bring Missing Children Home
When Patty Beekens daughter, Jessica, ran away from home, the internet offered an
extraordinary communications tool that ultimately helped her find her daughter. Through a
website created to help find Jessica combined with emails sent out on her own, Patty
connected with people around the world who offered their help, compassion, and similar
After Jessica was found, Patty decided to take what she and learned about the
internets power to communicate worldwide and create a forum dedicated to finding
missing children. firstname.lastname@example.org was
established soon afterward.
4thekids is comprised of a diverse group of volunteers who are passionate about returning
lost children home. These dedicated individuals use the community to share information and
to publish verified notices of missing children, and in rare cases, missing adults.
Among the communitys 90+ members are law enforcement officers, lawyers, private
detectives, in addition to numerous average citizens who just want to help a good cause.
The community is very careful about adhering to strict criteria established for each case.
For example, community members do not pursue a case until theyve first received
approval from the law enforcement agency that is handling it.
Members of 4thekids get their motivation from knowing that if they help to return just one
child safely home, their hard work has paid off. Recently the community heard from a woman
who had seen a child on one of the posters the group had posted, and immediately called
The community also offers free scanning and web page design for families of missing
children. For information, go to http://members.tripod.com.Forthekids/
FROM THE DESK OF DEAN POWERS
CASE MGR./WEB MASTER
I hope everyone made it ok with the Y2K non-event and happy to report our database made
it. Be assured we are not short sighted, we are in fact hard at work on making the
4thekids database Y-2-10K compliant. One can never plan too far ahead. So when it comes
time to add another digit to the year we will be ready for the year 10,000. Lol Ok that is
my last ATTEMPT at humor for the year.
From: Bob Johnson's Computer Stuff <email@example.com>
Site Hits in December
We had 902 hits on our main page in December 1999. We are also averaging
another 180 page views a day. (That is the total number of pages looked at each day) With
everything going on during the Holiday Season, I don't think that is too shabby, not to
shabby at all.
Missing Kid Cases Not Sent Over The List
Something I would like to touch on a little bit. We get contacted a lot
about missing kid cases that never get sent out over the list. For the most part the child
is returned home before we publish to the list. We try to have the web flier ready and
approved by the parent within 24 hours from contact. A lot of the time we are forced to
wait for approval and verification from law enforcement. We have also had to work on
helping the parent get the case to meet our guidelines. Some times this in itself is a
full time job. We have a case right now that NEEDS to be out but because the way a custody
agreement was written the child is not listed as missing. Law Enforcement is trying to get
it listed, we have been in contact with law colleges, legal aid groups, and even called
lawyers out of the phonebook. But till we can find a lawyer will to do a little work for
free we can't list the case. We will keep trying and I have faith that some-thing will
turn up and we will be ready to publish the flier that is in our waiting for approval
Thanks For Your Help
I want to thank everyone that took fliers with them on Holiday travels.
I also want to say THANKS for the way the Williams case was sent out. I was so impressed
with the number of hits the flier received. Right in the middle of the Holiday Rush, we
had a 1000 hits in the first 24 hours. WOW! And double wow when you think that the fliers
that are viewed in emails sent out on the list are not counted in that 1000 views.
Our Organization Is Growing
Remember a week or two ago when I sent out the notice that we had reached
our 100th member? Two things on that, that is NOW 119 members on the ALERT email list, we
also have another 20-40 or so that receive only ICQ notices. We also have some members
that receive the notices both ways. This is a very good idea. It makes it so easy to
forward the notices on to your friends and contacts both email and ICQ lists.
One of the things that we all can do is whenever we hear of a newsletters, web sites, or
anyone asking for suggestions for web sites recommend 4thekids. It works, we received a
big jump in the number of hits to the web site the day that this came out plus added a few
To: Freebie Newsletter #5 firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Friday, January 05, 2001 8:21 PM
Subject: Freebie and Contest Newsletter #5
PLEASE CHECK THIS SITE OUT
One of our readers, Dean Powers, sent me an e-mail about his site. There are
thousands of missing children in our country. This website is dedicated to solving the
problem. Please take a look at this not-for-profit site to see if you recognize any of the
missing children. Sign up to receive e-mail alerts on any new missing children. Everyone's
help is needed. Thank you!
I am in need of some help with a couple of things that I lack the ability
to do. If anyone knows advanced web page design email me, I need a tracker written for our
web page to track what pages are viewed when someone comes to our website. Also would love
to have a counter that could keep track of the fliers that are viewed in email.
One last thing
. We are looking for nomination for HEROES 4thekids. If you know
someone or even a group that helps children, missing or not we would love to hear about
them. Email me at either email@example.com
PS You have no idea how happy we are that Joyce has taken over the newsletter, what a
great job too!!!!
We have started to set up the new address. Both http://www.fourthekids.org and http://members.tripod.com/Forthekids/
will get you to our pages. We haven't set up with a provider but have a link at the
fourthekids.org that will take you to the tripod pages.
First off what is a web flier (WF)? Its what we are now calling the missing kid
posters that we make. When we take on a case we first do an intake. That is where we get
all the details of a case ie Name of Child, Description, Case Information, Law Enforcement
Contact N.C.I.C. number, After we check with LE, and get permission from the Custodial
Parent (CP) to publish the missing child we make the WF. We have been using a couple of
formats trying to determine which one works best, we are getting close to making up our
minds. We are trying to get it formatted that when we input the details in the intake
form, the text part of the WF is complete. We will also use this text data to post a
notice to a couple of Newsgroups that deal with missing children. Oh and it is also listed
on our Active Case Page. The Active Case page will be redone soon. So that it can be
searched by state, description, exc. Need some input from anyone on if they should be
displayed by importance, or on a first in last up way.
Some things to note are. We have added a check status link at the bottom of the flier.
We did this because a lot of you have been going to the flier and emailing it out. It is a
great way for people to promote a missing child WF, but has two drawbacks. One important
and one while isnt that big of deal right now may become important later on. We have
no idea where the WF would be sent, so when it is cancelled it would be hard to get the
word out. We are trying real hard to set it up so old WF's arent floating around the
net for years after the child is found. That is why we have added the status click link,
that way anyone that receives a WF can click on it and find the status.
Steps To Email A WF
- Go to the WF that
you wish to email to your friends, family, and contacts. Please be careful when sending
out a WF. We NEVER want anyone to feel that they were spammed.
- Select File on the
bar at the top of your browser, then select Send. Then fill in the email addresses. Most
people will be able to use their address book by clicking on the To
The other problem with having people email the WF is that we have no way to track the
number of fliers that are being sent. The reason that this is kind of important is we want
to see if we can find ways to get to better get the word out. We are also going to try to
try to start targeting areas of the country where a child may be located.
FROM THE DESK OF THE EDITOR
JOYCE M. SCHULTZ
This is your newsletter and I will continue to try to make it interesting
and informational to all the members.
If you have news, information, anything that you feel would be interesting, suggestions
regarding the newsletter or questions you might have, please send it to me.
address: Joyce joyscrft@centuryTel.net
SITES FOR YOUR REFERENCE
Keep yourself informed - check often
4THEKIDS Email lists. To learn more please click HERE.
Click Here To View Active Case Page. Click on the NAME to view the Web
Flier, or click on STATUS next to the name to goto the status page for that child to see
if any additional information is available.
WF (Web Fliers)
We have just received word from the family of Robert Williams, that he has
been returned home.
Jessica, Mindi, Joshua, and Lacey Blevins have been reunited with their father.
In our quest for awareness of 4thekids, every opportunity and success is
greeted with enthusiasm Dean and Patty are constantly looking for ways to getting the word
out about who we are and what we do.
One area of concentration are the magazines such as Yahoo Life, Family PC, exerts to
newspapers and TV stations. They are always looking for fillers for their pages on the
Case Manager/Web Master
Asst. Case Manager/Team Leader Research and Investigation Team
Joyce M. Schultz
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