The Importance of CART Training: A Family Perspective
Presented by David A. Smither, Associate
AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program
August 14, 2019 | 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM CST
David A. Smither will provide a family’s perspective on the importance of Child Abduction Response Team (CART) training (and related resources), informed by his experience of losing his own sister to a serial offender, in a small town that was unprepared to deal with such a catastrophe. Having witnessed first-hand his own community’s lack of preparedness, and subsequently growing up in close proximity to missing children’s cases through his family’s nonprofit, the Laura Recovery Center Foundation, David has a unique perspective on the importance of disaster preparedness. This presentation will combine a high level introduction to CART (and related training resources) with a powerful personal testimony of the impact of the abduction of a child on a family’s life.