Jul 16 2002

SHELBY CONTINUES EFFORTS TO LOCATE MISSING CHILDREN

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 Appropriations Committee approved $1.633 million for the Center's forensic programs and $3.404 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, "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."

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

Senator Shelby announced recently that pictures of Alabama's missing children will be featured on envelopes mailed from his office. Beginning last week, a picture of Darlene Nicole Tolbert was 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.