10/30/2014 10:58 EDT | Updated 12/30/2014 05:59 EST

Child Find Alberta Closing After 31 Years

Child Find Alberta

CALGARY - An Alberta charity that calls itself Canada's first child-search agency is closing its doors after more than 31 years of service.

Child Find Alberta says in a release that after months of discussion and debate, it will begin this week to wind down.

Jeff Rutledge, chairman of the organization's board, says that since its inception in 1983, many other groups have taken up the work of searching for missing children.

Rutledge notes that while the Internet has helped reduce missing children cases by providing more resources for parents and families, the online world has also increased the number of children being exploited electronically.

Child Find Alberta formed a partnership with the Missing Children Society of Canada in 2010, and Rutledge says his organization's mission will live on through the society by helping police and families find missing kids.

The charity will begin wrapping up its operation effective Friday.


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