Child Shield names local affiliate |

Child Shield names local affiliate

Staff Reports

Luis Zayas of Minden has recently been named as a new independent affiliate for Child Shield, U.S.A., a national organization dedicated to the safety of American’s children.

Zayas said that he shares the company’s goal of helping to prevent and recover lost, missing, abducted and runaway children throughout America.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, these situations befall about 1.5 million children each year. According to the Vanished Children’s Alliance, every 40 seconds another child is missing or abducted.

“We are not helping our children by pretending that these things don’t happen,” said Robin Raskob, CEO of Child Shield, U.S.A. “By not telling our children of these dangers, we are also keeping them vulnerable. To empower our children, you first must educate them.”

The primary goal of Child Shield is to reduce the numbers of lost, missing, abducted and runaway children in America. To this end, the company’s child safety kit provides and educational program designed to empower parents and children with important knowledge that help prevent tragedy. The proactive materials provided ongoing reinforcements and help children to retain the information they’ve learned.

The second goal of Child Shield is to furnish parents and law enforcement agencies with a “one-stop source” for invaluable assistance in disseminating information about a missing child and aid in the recovery effort. Upon being notified of the disappearance of a registered child, the company will contact the investigating police department and offer assistance by providing video of the missing child and also will make the video available to its database of organizations. The database contains hundreds of law enforcement agencies, missing children’s organizations, and national news media contacts. In addition, the company implements an immediate $50,000 reward for recovery of the child and arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.

“Most rewards are too little too late,” said Child Shield President John Raskob. “By giving an immediate $50,000 reward we hope citizens who normally wouldn’t get involved will. One good tip could lead to recovery of the child.”

Child Shield also allocates $2,500 to hire a private investigator to help in the recovery.

Child Safe founders spent more than three years researching and developing their child safety program before they began marketing it nationally, through independent registered representatives, in 1993.

For more information, call Zayas at (775) 629-5461 or visit

Taylor York Salon in Minden has added one more stylist to its roster.

Kacy Spencer has worked with AVEDA Concept salons for more than 13 years and as a senior stylist.

She also has extended her education by working as an instructor at Redken International Academy of Style.

Spencer described herself as a master colorist, an expert in advanced color placement, formulation, corrective coloring and styling.

She said she is new to the area and is enjoying her days meeting new clientele and making them beautiful.

Spencer is available by appointment Wednesday, Thursday and every other Saturday.

Taylor York Salon is located at 1662 Highway 395, Suite 106, Minden.

For more information, call 782-6059.