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Resources, guidance, support, and a place of connection for anyone with lived experience of a loved one 'going missing.'


Acknowledging the empty space: A framework to enhance support of people left behind when someone is missing

"Developed by Dr. Sarah Wayland, this guidebook outlines suggestions for effective support services from counsellors, police, the media and the larger community when dealing with families of missing persons."

"Unending Not Knowing" - Missing People's overview of Ambiguous Loss

"This fact sheet provides a brief overview of ambiguous loss. The fact sheet is excerpted from the An Uncertain Hope guidebook. The guidebook was developed by the Missing People's Charity in the United Kingdom."

"This article will provide an overview of how these programs are being delivered and identify the impact they have had on clients, investigators and police-family relationships."

"Provides information about working with police, media and protecting oneself when reaching out to the public. Released by Ontario's Missing Adults."

"Provides information about supporting a work colleague who is living with the disappearance of a loved one. Excerpt from the "Missing People: A Guide for Family Members and Service Providers"."

Please bring me home

"Please Bring Me Home’s mission is to solicit anonymous tips regarding cold case missing persons across Canada. Our goal is to find the missing and bring them home to their family and friends."

MPIH: Quick guide for families

"A brief outline of what you can expect the police do in the event of someone being a missing person."

Ka Ni Kanichihk - First 24 Hours Checklist

A toolkit to assist families of missing persons and persons at risk.

Saskatchewan: Help for Families of Missing or Murdered Persons

"The Saskatchewan Missing Persons Partnership (SMPP) (formerly called the Provincial Partnership Committee on Missing Persons) was formed in 2005 to support families of long-term missing persons (persons missing longer than six months)."

MPIH: Guidance for Families & Friends

"Advice on what to do if someone is missing."

Tips for Supporting Those Coping with the Disappearance of a Loved One

"This document provides tips for supporting those living with a missing loved one. The suggestions are based on the experience of a family member living with a missing loved one."

If the Media Calls: A Guide for Crime Victims & Survivors

"Developed by the Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime this guide provides victims with information about the focus of the media; the impact of media on victims; the risks/benefits of speaking to the media; tips for interacting with the media and high-profile cases."

When a Person with Dementia Goes Missing

"Provides a checklist of steps to take when a loved one living with Dementia goes missing. Developed and released by the Alzheimer Society of Ontario."

"Missing" Guidebook

""MISSING" Guide - A guide for families and friends of individuals with a mental illness who have gone missing. This is a step-by-step resource designed to help families and friends understand their options and take concrete steps to help find their loved one."

Missing a Loved One: A Parent’s Perspective

"Maureen wrote the following to share her personal experiences about her journey to date after attending a workshop for families of missing adults on April 26 & 27, 2012, hosted by Ontario’s Missing Adults."

Quick facts about reporting a missing adult in Canada

"This fact sheet, written by the Canadian Centre for Information on Missing Adults, provides information about recognizing when a person has gone missing, waiting time for reporting and who can report a missing adult."

Navigating the Missing Person Process

"Provides an educational tool kit about what to do when a loved one goes missing. Developed and released by the Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC) and their Sisters in Spirit (SIS) initative."

Missing Person’s Checklist

"Provides families with a list of the types of information police will need when filing a missing person report. Developed and released by the Saskatchewan Provincial Partnership Committee on Missing Persons."

CCIMA: Guidelines when working with the media

"The media can be a powerful tool when asking the public for help in locating a missing adult.  The following suggestions are meant for those who may have limited experience in dealing with media."

Missing People: A Guide for Family Members and Service Providers

"This publication is a comprehensive guide highlighting the issues and challenges faced by families of the missing. The guide provides information for families living with the disappearance of a loved one as well as service providers working with the families. The guidebook was produced by the Families and Friends of Missing Persons Unit, NSW Department of Justice in collaboration with families experiencing the disappearance of a loved one."


CCIMA: Creating a missing person poster

Template for missing person poster. "Missing person posters are an effective way to increase awareness about a missing loved one."

In the Loop: Young People Talking about Missing

"In the Loop is a resource for young people who are living with the disappearance of a loved one. It is also an informative guide for parents supporting young people when a loved one goes missing. This unique guide was written by young people who are living with the disappearance of a loved one. Developed by the Families and Friends of Missing Persons Unit FFMPU), New South Wales, Australia."

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