Texas Center for the Missing (formerly known as Gabriel’s Gifts Missing Children’s Organization) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to offering help, and hope, to the missing and their families. Founded in 2000 by Doreen Wise after the four-month disappearance and tragic loss of her son, Gabriel, the organization is dedicated to finding the missing quickly and providing support to their families. Building upon our founder’s desire to offer help to missing children and their parents, we have recently expanded into the rapidly growing field of Alzheimer’s patients who wander from their caregivers.

Texas Center for the Missing Programs

• S.A.F.E. Child Puppet Show* is for children under 10 years old and features Detective Buddy who teaches Billy and his friend, Barb, how to stay safe with real-life examples.

• Missing Child Prevention Training for Caring Adults is specifically designed to teach parents, childcare providers, concerned community leaders, and educators how to keep children safe from abduction and internet lures.

• Internet Safety Training consists of multi-media presentations developed in three formats geared toward: (1) parents/adult caregivers, (2) 6th-12th graders, and (3) elementary-aged children.

• Alzheimer’s Wandering Prevention Training is for caregivers whose loved ones suffer from any form of dementia to deter the highly dangerous pattern of wandering.

• Casework/Case Management includes: general safety information, child ID kits, Crime Victims’ Compensation Advocacy, search-and-rescue resources, and law enforcement liaison services.

• Houston Amber Alert is administered by Texas Center for the Missing. We train law enforcement on the local Amber Alert system, provide 24-hour support for alert issuance, and deploy trained search-and-rescue experts upon request.

Southeast Texas Search and Rescue Alliance is a consortium of search-and-rescue experts. Texas Center for the Missing coordinates the training and deployment of these vetted search-and-rescue volunteers through an alliance of member organizations dedicated to finding the missing.

• Southeast Texas Child Abduction Response Team is a multi-discipline, cross-jurisdictional, coordinated response to endangered missing children and child abductions based upon a highly successful model in Florida. By coordinating the resources that already exist in our 13-county region, we can bring all relevant assets of the 150+ law enforcement agencies and myriad social services together to find an at-risk child, apprehend predators, and reduce the number of children affected in the future.

*This project made possible by the Houston Young Lawyers Foundation and a United Way Community Building Grant.