Merced County is the first county in California to participate in the California Missing and Abducted Children’s Initiative, a project of the California Child Abduction Task Force.
The CATF provides trainings twice a year on interventions and resources for working with missing and abducted children. The CATF developed the concept of Cal MACI to address the need to help counties develop a specific plan to respond to child abduction with an understanding of their unique strengths and challenges.
Participating agencies include the Atwater Police Department, Livingston Police Department, Los Banos Police Department, Merced County Human Services Agency, Valley Crisis Center, and Merced County District Attorney’s Office.
The mission of the Merced Cal MACI team is to coordinate efforts of county-wide agencies to increase focus on the location, recovery and reintegration of missing and abducted children into a safe environment.
For information about the Child Abduction Task Force and training information, visit www.childabductions.org.