Jul 11 2002


Senator Announces Funding for National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

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

At Sen. Shelby's request, the Treasury Appropriations Subcommittee approved $1.633 million for the Center's forensic programs and $3.4 million in grants for the Center. The funding will allow the Center to continue their efforts on behalf of missing and exploited children.

Sen. Shelby said, "For 15 years, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has served as the National Missing Children's clearinghouse and resource center. In this capacity, the Center 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. It effectively combines public and private resources in support of one of the most important policy initiatives: 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."

The funding was included in the Fiscal Year 2003 Treasury and General Government Appropriations bill.

Senator Shelby also announced this week that pictures of Alabama's missing children will be featured on envelopes mailed from his office. Beginning this week, a picture of Darlene Nicole Tolbert will be printed on Senator Shelby's envelopes. Darlene Tolbert has been missing from Huntsville since 1997. In the future, Senator Shelby's envelopes will feature pictures of other children missing from Alabama.