Frequently Asked Questions

How long does a search take?
The time it takes to conduct a search depends somewhat on how long ago the inquirer saw the missing person, and the amount of information the inquirer has on the missing person; i.e. Social Security #, last known addresses, parent's names, complete date of birth, place of birth, etc.
We will continue a search until we are certain we have found the right person, or until we have exhausted all our resources on a person's whereabouts.

How much will this cost me?
Our fee is a one time $50.00 non-refundable filing fee. This fee by no means covers our costs. On average every inquiry costs The Salvation Army about $150.00 to $200.00 per case. Donations to offset these costs are welcome.

Why can't you handle adoption cases?
Most adoption records are sealed, and require a court order. We do not have access to these sources, or the funds required to conduct this type of search. We do however have some resources we can refer you to that may be of assistance.

Why can't you find my friend, she is like my sister?
Normally there is not enough information known about a friend to do a search. Due to our heavy caseload, we must limit the types of searches we can do.

Why can't I e-mail or fax my information?
The missing persons office is not prepared to do business by any means other than posted mail.