11 Affiliate 1 (1985-1986)

handle is hein.journals/aff11 and id is 1 raw text is: Tennessee Missing Child Project Wins
Outstanding Single Project Award

The 1984-85 ABA/YLD Awards of
Achievement competition at the ABA
Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.,
July 3-6, 1985, drew the most im-
pressive group of applications ever.
More than fifty applications were sub-
mitted by state and local affiliates,
nearly all of which reflected a
remarkable enthusiasm and unselfish
commitment to public service. Par-
ticularly impressive were the applica-
tions in Division IIA (local affiliates
having 1,000 members or more). The
Young Lawyers Section of the Seattle-
King County Bar took the first-place
award for its comprehensive applica-
tion in that division. The Texas Young
Lawyers again received first place for
its comprehensive application in Divi-
sion IA (state affiliates having 8,000
members or more). A complete list of
winners appears at pages 10-11.
The Outstanding Single Project
Award went to the Tennessee Young
Lawyers Conference for its innovative
Missing Child Project. The need for
the Tennessee project was clear.
Every day in this country, sixty
children disappear. Some run away,
some are abducted by strangers, and
some are kidnapped by people they
know. Of those who are abducted,
most are never seen again. The Ten-
nessee Young Lawyers are helping to
combat this national tragedy with
their multi-media project.
The missing children project devel-
oped by Tennessee Young Lawyers is
being implemented across the State
of Tennessee. The project has met
with such success that young lawyers
in Ohio, Texas, New York, Alabama,
Arizona, and even Canada, are consid-
ering adopting the program as a mod-
el for their use.

The effort includes a videotape for
children entitled Missing in Oz, A
Runaway Tale; a booklet for parents
and children, A Child Is Missing; and
training materials for parents and
teachers. Posters and media informa-
tion are also available. This package is
easily adapted for use in all areas of
the country.
Missing in Oz is a thirteen minute
videotape (included in exhibits)
featuring the familiar Wizard of Oz
characters. Dorothy and her friends
find themselves in the Land of Missing
Children, where Glinda, the Good
Witch, helps them learn some im-
portant lessons. Dorothy is a child
abducted by a stranger (the Wicked
Witch), the Scarecrow is a runaway
whowas abused, the Tin Man is a child
who ran away from home because he
felt neglected, and the Lion is a child
who doesn't know how to avoid being
touched in ways which make him feel
Dorothy learns that she shouldn't
accept gifts or rides from strangers,
and the Tin Man learns that running
away is not the answer to his prob-
lems. The Lion learns to speak up if he
is hurt, or lonely, or scared, and the
Scarecrow comes to understand that
he shouldn't blame himself if there are
problems at home. All four characters
learn how important it is to know their
full names, addresses and telephone
numbers so they can get home if they
ever become missing.
A Child is Missing. . . is the brain-
child of Knoxville lawyers Julia P. Har-
din and Loretta Simonetti Harber,
along with Chattanooga lawyer Karen
Brock. The videoplay was written by
Faye Julian, a professor at the Univer-
sity of Tennessee who specializes in

children's theater. The actors are U.T.
students and employees who volun-
teered for the program.
In addition to the videotape, educa-
tional materials and a brochure have
been developed in consultation with
an advisory committee of teachers
and social service personnel. Follow-
ing the videotape presentations, there
are reinforcement activities for the
children. A coloring book (included in
exhibits) repeats many of the lessons
taught in the videotape, and the rein-
forcement exercises in the training
material provide ideas for role playing
and discussion.
Following videotape presentations
each child is given a brochure to take
home to his or her parents. The bro-
chure (included in exhibits) describes
some precautionary measures par-
ents might want to consider and iden-
tifies danger signs of which parents
should be aware. Do's and don'ts for
both parents and children are con-
tained in the brochure. An example of
these precautions is the suggestion
that the parents and child agree on a
secret code word to be used in case of
emergencies. There are also guide-
lines for community precautions such
as block homes, voluntary fingerprint
sessions and absentee reporting sys-
tems. Step-by-step instructions are
listed. Special precautions to protect
against abductions by noncustodial
parents are also included in the bro-
The brochures have a bookmark for
each child to write his or her name,
parents' names, address and tele-
phone number. The bookmark is de-
signed to serve as a reminder for each
child of his or her name, address, tele-
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