Ontario’s Missing Adult’s has four main activities which are primarily informational:
Awareness Building: Ontario’s Missing Adults maintains a publicly accessible website which contains two searchable databases, one on missing adults and the other on unidentified human remains. This is done in order to enhance the likelihood of generating information that may result in the resolution of such cases.
Information Resources: Current national and international resources are made available to families living with the disappearance of an adult loved one. An example of the resources available to families include “what to do when a loved one goes missing”, “how to increase awareness of the case”, “how to create a missing person posters” and providing assistance in reporting a missing person to police. We also advise family members about steps to safeguard themselves and their missing loved one while making public appeals for information. Other information services provided to families are delivered according to individual inquiries. Ontario’s Missing Adults draws on existing relationships with police, victim service providers, the media, and other information networks to deliver these types of services.
Liaison: When requested, Ontario’s Missing Adults can play a liaison role between family members wishing to file a missing person report and the appropriate law enforcement agency, or liaising with law enforcement to obtain the name of a contact person for the family to speak with in order to file a missing person report. This is done on behalf of the family in order to alleviate their concerns regarding negative previous experiences, or worry because no report was filed at the time of the disappearance. Additional liaison activities include disseminating case information to other appropriate websites when requested to do so by family members and, where appropriate, contacting media on behalf of the family members to generate coverage about the case.
Advocacy: To advocate on behalf of missing persons, unidentified human remains and their families. We work to inform governments and publicly elected officials about the need for support services and resources. Part of this advocacy involves the adoption of a broader definition of “crime victims” in relation to missing adults and their families. The final disposition of a missing person case, whether it be for foul play or fraud, does not alleviate the trauma that families live with during the disappearance. Information and other support services should be made available until such cases have been closed by police.
All services provided by Ontario’s Missing Adults are done without cost to families. Cases appearing on the website are approved by family members and police prior to posting. Families who contact us for information are not obligated to add their loved one to the website.