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Keep Children with Disabilities Safe

If you care for a child who is prone to wandering off from a safe environment and whose diagnosis may interfere with their ability to recognize danger and stay safe, you need to be aware of these important facts:

  • Nearly 50 percent of children with autism engage in wandering behavior
  • Wandering occurs across all settings, under every type of adult supervision
  • Increased risks are associated with autism severity
  • Fifty percent of families report they have never received advice or guidance about wandering from a professional
  • Accidental drowning accounts for approximately 90 percent of lethal outcomes

Improving Response Times

The Bismarck Police Department and the Sanford Health Dakota Children’s Advocacy Center have teamed up to develop a plan to improve outcomes of missing children with special needs in the Bismarck/Burleigh County area.

This plan includes:

  • Prior to the time of crisis: Gathering information from parents of children with special needs regarding the unique needs of their child and sharing the information gathered with law enforcement and the 911 dispatch system.
  • At the time of crisis: Use the information gathered prior to the event to better implement a timely response and return the child home safely.

Sign Up for Our Program

If your child resides in the Bismarck/Burleigh area, the first step is to fill out the authorization form and questionnaire. Then send the information to the Bismarck Police Department.

For more information, please call the DCAC.