Vulnerable, Runaways & Missing at-risk Juveniles

Vulnerable, Runaways & At-Risk Juveniles

Free2Hope and JCSDA have joined forces on a NEW PROGRAM to better serve the Vulnerable Missing, Runaways & At-Risk Juveniles in Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

Is your loved one missing?

First steps to take

Immediately call your local law enforcement agency.

Search your home If your child is missing from your home, make sure you search through:

  • Closets.
  • Piles of laundry.
  • In and under beds.
  • Inside large appliances.
  • Vehicles – including trunks.
  • Anywhere else that a child may crawl or hide.
  • Notify the store manager or security office if your child has gone missing while in a store. Then immediately call your local  law enforcement agency. Many stores have a Code Adam plan of action in place.

When you call your local law enforcement Provide them with your child’s name, date of birth, height, weight, and descriptions of any other unique identifiers such as eyeglasses and braces. Tell them when you noticed your child was missing and what clothing he or she was wearing.

Contact Friends and Family If there is a chance that the missing individual could be with a friend or family member, take steps to reach out. Carelessness miscommunications, misunderstandings can cause individuals  to “disappear” only to be found with a friend or other family member a few hours later. Cover all your bases to ensure that the individual truly is missing. If friends and family have not seen the individual and cannot offer up any insight to where he or she may be.

The Missing

Missing persons cases are serious matters. If you're missing a child or other family member, you're not alone. There are clear actions that can be taken to increase the chances of your loved one being found quickly and safely.  

Find out more

How, When and Why We Search

People ask how, when and why we conduct searches for missing people.

When we start an actual search depends on many things. Before  we will enter a missing person case, the missing persons family should have already filed and have a documented missing person report with the law enforcement agency in the city where the missing person was last seen. 

* We do realize that there can be special circumstances where we have to go on a case by case basis. 

After filing a missing person report, the family representative should then contact us. One of our Search Coordinators will then gather information from the family representative regarding the circumstances surrounding the missing person’s disappearance.

Prior to your conversation with our Search Coordinator you should gather the following items:
• An accurate description of the missing person
• A recent photo
• The law enforcement agency’s case number, the investigator’s name & phone number.

We do not not charge any family for conducting a search. 

There are multiple reasons as to why we search for a missing person. But the biggest reason is because the person is missing, and possibly endangered.  

Special Needs Patients: Many missing persons have mental disabilities that won’t allow them to make rational or logical decisions, so it is urgent to locate those people safely. 

When we activate a search depends on the circumstances surrounding the missing person’s case.  We respond quickly for any missing child, and accept cases for “runaways”. A missing child’s parents should be prepared to provide documentation that the missing child is a “Special Needs” child … and law enforcement authorizes us to conduct a search, we will do so. When an person with Alzheimer’s, Autism, mental retardation or other similar ailment is reported missing, we will try to activate a search as quickly as possible, because in many cases the person has a child-like mentality, and can’t make rational or logical decisions like other people. In many ways, it’s much like they are a lost child. 

How we conduct a search depends on the type of case, circumstances involved in the disappearance, the terrain and environment in the area to be searched, weather conditions and many other factors. How and where the missing person disappeared from as that will influence whether we will need to search with drones, foot searchers, trained scent dogs, or other resources. 

About Us

Free2Hope Inc.


Free2Hope Inc  is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization who's mission is to take proactive approaches to prevent and disrupt human trafficking and other sex crimes against women and children through Education, Exposure, Equipping and Enabling a safe place.

Contact US



Jefferson County Search Dog Association  is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization that provides search and rescue services to the Kentucky Area 4 region and surrounding areas as needed. JCSDA's region covers 10 counties in Kentucky and will respond as mutual aid outside it's area if requested. 

Contact Us

Contact Free2Hope

Do you need help with a missing loved one?

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Free2Hope Inc.

(502) 475-0555

Contact JCSDA

Do you need help with a missing loved one?

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Jefferson County Search Dog Association

(502) 314-0061

Our Partner