Last spring I heard helicopters off in the distance. It was clear there was more than one, and they were close by. It was very odd. A few minutes later our phone rang. It was an automated call from our local police department, stating that a child was lost in the neighborhood, and gave the location of where he was last seen and what the circumstances were. (He'd just gotten off the school bus about 20 yards from their house.) It gave his physical description, what he was last wearing, his age, and also that he was developmentally disabled.
The searched for a couple of hours, particularly around a pond located just a block from the family home. My heart ached for that family. Finally, around 9:30 that night, the boy was located at a local pizza place about 3 miles from his home.
How many of you, raising a child with a disability, have lived with that fear?
Angela has been a lot better about wandering off over the past year, but there are still times she gets a notion in her head, and off she goes! So far, it's just been to the neighbors, and if I haven't caught her before she gets there, they always call to let me know she just showed up.
But, I'm waiting for that one time that she decides to go elsewhere. Or, my biggest fear, that someone asks her "Hey little girl, want to go for a ride in my car?" Because she'd be in that car faster than you could blink.
Here's a new AmberAlert GPS tracking system on the market. This system has a lot of functions, but one of them is a "Safezone". Meaning if your child gets out of a certain range, you'll be notified. It has a speed setting. You know, if the unit is moving faster than 30 mph you know your kid has just gotten into a car!
It's not cheap, but if your kid is a wanderer, I think it would be worth it. If you have waivered services money you could use that as well. Anyway, take a look!