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Rep. Klein Pushes Bill to Expand Fort Lauderdale Missing-Children Program

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Congressman Ron Klein wants to expand a Fort Lauderdale-based program that helps find lost children, and he's going to be at the Broward Sheriff's Office today to talk about it.

Congressman Ron Klein wants to expand a Fort Lauderdale-based program that helps find lost children, and he's going to be at the Broward Sheriff's Office today to talk about it.

Klein, D-Boca Raton, and deputies will talk at noon about a bill in Congress that would give the non-profit group A Child Is Missing a $25 million grant to reach out to more agencies and communities.

Sherry Friedlander, the organization's founder, also is expected to be on hand.

Klein says the bill, which he co-sponsored with U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, has passed the House with an overwhelming bipartisan majority.

A Child Is Missing, which helps find missing kids and vulnerable adults by using automated telephone messages geared to specific ZIP codes, works with about 3,000 law enforcement agencies nationwide.

Friedlander says her group has helped find 450 missing children and adults since it was created in 1997.

The bill would give A Child Is Missing a $25 million federal grant that would be awarded over five years.