Author hopes his story will prevent future parental kidnappings

By WKTV News

WASHINGTON MILLS, N.Y. (WKTV) - Volunteers and riders are gearing up for the Ride for Missing Children. The event, which takes place in May, helps raise awareness for The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Monday night, a group of volunteers gathered at Valentino's in Washington Mills for a meeting and to listen to a former missing child tell his story. Scott Berne was living with his father as a child, and on his first unsupervised visit with his mother, she abducted him. Berne was 10 years old. For the next two years he traveled the world with his mom, moving countless times and even changing their names. In 1981, his father put Scott's photo in a missing person ad in Ladies Home Journal, and a babysitter recognized his face and contacted the FBI.

Berne's case was a landmark in 1981-- and was the first tested under the Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act. Berne released a book about his experiences in 2008 called "Extraordinary Circumstances." Berne says he has lived with emotional scars from his parental abduction, and hopes sharing his story will prevent future abductions from taking place.

"I'm speaking out now to make a difference to work with The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in regards to prevention, communication, people in school, parents, lawmakers. To show the effects of parental abduction on children and that they last a lifetime."

The Ride for Missing Children takes place on Friday May 18th, 2012.

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