The Legacy of Polly Klaas
In the aftermath of the shocking abduction and murder of 12 year old Polly Klaas, two foundations emerged to keep her name alive while helping other kids and their families. But they don’t see eye to eye.
Of the thousands of children who disappear from their homes each year, a minority are actually abducted, notes Raine Howe, Executive Director of the Polly Klaas Foundation. So much of their work now is about finding runaways and facilitating reunification with their families.
Crime rates in the United States were much higher, across the board, in 1993, says Marc Klaas, who now directs the Klaas Kids Foundation. He believes Polly’s case, and the widespread attention it drew, contributed to the substantial reduction in those rates over the past 20 years.
The Polly Klaas Foundation is hosting their Evening of Commemoration and Hope on Friday, Oct. 4. in the Petaluma Community Center. There will also be a live video stream of the event show in Walnut Park.