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THE AWARE FOUNDATION, Inc. IS A NATIONAL 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The founders, officers and

members of The AWARE Foundation, Inc., will strive to create a culture whereby we work tirelessly for 

the silent voices of the missing, endangered and murdered.

What Will AWARE do


Take the LEAD in developing and maintaining respectful relationships with law enforcement in a manner in which they view us as a valuable resource.

EDUCATE communities on the dangers of predatory violence, provide advocacy and direction for families and communities. We commit to do so, not for gratification of self, but for the greater good of all.


Help families reconnect with loved ones

Under 18: National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), 1-800-THE-LOST

Age 18 and older: The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System


Connect with Search and Rescue Organizations

Southwest Virginia Mountain Rescue Group

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Virginia Department of Emergency Management

We help spread the word about a missing loved one through social media, media, and law enforcement.

After you have contacted police, contact The AWARE Foundation, Inc. Our design team can create posters to reach thousands of people fast. Please provide:

  • Recent photos;

  • Height / weight;

  • Hair / eye color;

  • Identifying characteristics (birthmarks, tattoos, piercings);

  • Where the individual was last seen; and

  • Any information that may be useful to create a missing poster.

  • Contact Kenny Jarels at 

​The AWARE Foundation, Inc., assists families with missing loved ones.


AWARE connects you with search and rescue teams, missing person's projects, and various law enforcement agencies around the country.


AWARE spreads the word about your missing loved one through various social media outlets in order to reach tens of thousands of individuals.


AWARE is a national 501(c)(3) non profit organization.

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Every year, the number of missing persons cases increases substantially


The Hard Facts:

According to the FBI, as of December 31, 2014, NCIC contained 84,924 active missing person records.

Juveniles under the age of 18 account for 33,677 (39.7 %) of the records and 43,289 (51.0 %) records when juveniles are defined as under 21 years of age. 

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