CASE STUDY OVERVIEW

Project Safe Childhood (PSC) is a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child abduction, abuse, and sexual exploitation.

PSC uses an online platform to collect data and makes the information readily available in PDF format.

With the implementation of ActivePDF's WebGrabber, parents, police, and others can view missing child reports on any computer, and without any additional software.

WebGrabber Facilitates the Recovery of Missing Children for Project Safe Childhood

Launched in 2006 by the Department of Justice, Project Safe Childhood (PSC) is a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child abduction, abuse, and sexual exploitation.

Led by the Offices of the U.S. Attorney and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims.

Challenges

It often takes parents nearly a week to retrieve the necessary information required to assist in the search for a missing child. After a child is abducted, local police departments collect and share data on the child. However, parents do not have an easy way to share that information with other jurisdictions. Every hour lost reduces the chance of a safe recovery.

With minimal technology available to assist families of missing individuals, PSC founders decided to create a software application, KidFriendlyID,  that would provide the functionality necessary to organize specific information imperative to the recovery of an abducted child.

In order to present a complete solution to parents and law enforcement agencies, PSC needed a reliable method of generating reports and distributing the collected information.

 

Solutions

In order to integrate report-generation capabilities from the KidFriendlyID application, PSC first considered using a report generator that included an option to export and output PDF files.

After evaluating several solutions with this functionality, PSC realized that it would be too complicated over the longterm and would add significant overhead to support such a process. Then, the PSC team discovered WebGrabber by ActivePDF.

“We needed to provide parents with an easy way to access their child’s information at any given time,” says Charles Jones, Director of Operations at Project Safe Childhood. “Our goal was to offer a concise report for each registered child that was both accurate and easy to read.”

With the implementation of WebGrabber, parents now enter their child’s vital data and any pertinent photos via an HTML form in a secured area of the PSC website. Once completed, they click a “Submit” icon that builds an ASP report on the back end.

Once the report has been built, users have the option to download the report as a PDF file. The PDF file is emailed to all police jurisdictions within a certain radius, as well as to federal authorities if the child is believed to have been taken over state lines.

PSC allows parents to create a child profile anytime, regardless if the child is missing or not. Once the report is created, they receive a fingerprinting kit that enables them to take a child’s fingerprints and return the results to PSC. The prints (and photos, if supplied) are then scanned into the system. In the case of abduction, a PDF containing all the necessary information is  generated instantly using WebGrabber technology.

 

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Results

Project Safe Childhood has participated in numerous searches for missing children across the country and they are acutely aware that when a child goes missing time is of the essence.

With PDF reports easily accessible from any platform, WebGrabber provides the ability to access and distribute up-to-date information about a missing child almost instantly, increasing the chances of recovery.

“WebGrabber seemed like the obvious choice for a number of reasons,” adds Jones. “Parents and police can view a child’s report on any machine, regardless of the operating system, through the use of freely-available PDF viewers. They don’t have to purchase any additional products and the PDF conversion process is virtually seamless.”  

 

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