Feb 13 2003


U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced new efforts on behalf of missing and exploited children and the approval of funding for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

At Sen. Shelby's request, $1.633 million for the Center’s Exploited Child Unit and $4.583 million in grants for the Center have been approved. The funding will allow the Center to continue their efforts on behalf of missing and exploited children.

Sen. Shelby said, "The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has helped to locate thousands of missing children and has coordinated with law enforcement agencies throughout the nation to develop protocols for preventing child abduction and abuse. The Center has been instrumental in raising national awareness of child safety issues and the protection of our nation's children. In light of the work the Center tirelessly performs, I believe it is essential that the Center continue receiving this critical funding--funding which will further enhance the Center's capabilities by providing greater budgetary stability."

Senator Shelby announced in 2002 that pictures of Alabama’s missing children will be featured on envelopes mailed from his office.