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3. Director's Summary

The focus of the Recovery Center is to recover the missing child.

The Recovery Center Director's responsibility is the overall management of all search activities and volunteer efforts. The volunteer designated to the Director's position must establish a relationship with, and become the principle liaison with, the presiding law enforcement agency. A clear understanding should be reached defining the lines between search and investigation. The level of trust generated is of key importance and will ultimately determine the effectiveness of the recovery efforts.

The volunteer that accepts this position cannot forget that he or she will be working with volunteers who are in a highly charged emotional state. To most, this will be the most stressful event in which they will ever be involved. These emotions will manifest themselves throughout the search in various ways: anger, depression, fear, and anxiety. Be on guard for warning signs indicating conflicts between core members that could compromise the search operations. Address these situations as soon as possible as these problems escalate rapidly. Be aware that these powerful forces will be ongoing and will continue long after the recovery efforts have ceased.


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