According to the American Pediatrics Association, children who are on the autism spectrum have about a 50 percent chance of going missing at least once before turning 17.
Having a student run away was always a fear for Kristal Franklin, Executive Director of Capital Prep. “For parents, caregivers, and educators, our biggest concern is that a student on the spectrum will become a runner,” said Franklin.
Just a few weeks ago, one of Franklin’s students ran away. That child was found safe. But she knew she needed to find a way to make sure her staff is prepared if that ever happens again. That’s when she found Scent Evidence K-9.
“It’s one more step in being prepared and being secure,” said Franklin. “Knowing in our community that we have this resource that so many communities don’t have, I think it’s fabulous.”
The owner of Scent Evidence K9 wants to encourage parents to have a plan in case a child wanders off. “From the time a child goes missing until they are located, you have one to three hours. Every tick of the clock is extremely important,” said Paul Coley, CEO of Scent Evidence K9.