GASP (Guardians Advocating Child Safety and Protection) delivers child safety education and outreach programs, free of charge, to schools, social service agencies, faith-based organizations, police departments, nonprofit groups and other agencies which request our presence at their functions.
Kids’ Identification/Fingerprinting Events
GASP produces free computer-generated discs to share with law enforcement if a child is missing. The discs include:
- Video with voice
- Digital fingerprints
- Pertinent information
- No Data Base
Education and Outreach Programs
- Child Safety and Empowerment Program (CSEP): GASP collaborates with schools, law enforcement agencies and youth-based organizations to provide safety and prevention information and tools for children and their families.
- Speaker’s Bureau: GASP gives presentations to community groups on a wide variety of topics relating to child safety and abuse and distribute safety-related materials.
- radKIDS: This nationally-renowned, self-empowering safety program teaches children ages 3 ½ to 12 years old to protect themselves in unsafe situations and abduction attempts. GASP employs instructors who are certified to teach this program.
- National Missing Children’s Day: GASP coordinates this event in conjunction with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. We partner with other local agencies to promote awareness and education programs.
GASP has the only trained volunteer search team in the United States ready to assist in the search for missing children and adults.
GASP regularly attends and observes local trials and sentencing hearings for sex offenders, sending a powerful message to judges and the community at large that GASP is watching to protect our children.
Social Media Scanning and Updating Predator Files
GASP works with the Summit County Sheriff’s department to find felons who are violating their parole by being present on social media sites as well as scanning records and ensuring that files are accurate. We have found more than 100 violators to date.
Resource and Referral Base
GASP is a resource and referral base for families who have children or other family members who are victims of abuse or abduction.