Katrina's Kids

This is a partial transcript of "The Big Story With John Gibson," September 9, 2005, that has been edited for clarity.

JOHN GIBSON, HOST: The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is working to reunite families with their kids. It has been posting photos on its Web site to try to make more reunions happen.

Joining us now is that organization's national safety director, Nancy McBride.

So, Nancy, do you have any idea if this problem is fast coming to an end? Are kids getting hooked up with their parents again?

NANCY MCBRIDE, NATIONAL SAFETY DIRECTOR, NATIONAL CENTER FOR MISSING AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN: They are. But every day, we get new updates, John. And those numbers of children in our system are going up, as you know, 1,500. And 258 children have been recovered or their cases have been resolved. So, we are hoping that that resolution number goes up, too.

GIBSON: So, you have in excess of 1,000 kids who have not located their parents or vice-versa?

MCBRIDE: That is correct. And that is why we want people to go to the Web site, look at the pictures. We have got a whole list of children's names and identifying information for kids we don't have pictures of. So, take a look at the pictures and look at the list and see if you recognize anybody.

GIBSON: Now, are the circumstances of these kids, and Nancy, I don't expect you to know every single one, but does anything suggest to you that any of these kids have been orphaned by this storm?

MCBRIDE: I think it is too soon to tell, John. We really are hoping that because everybody is spread out at such a great distance, that we can coordinate and really start that communication process and get these kids back together and then do an assessment of what happens next.

GIBSON: Well, so, is this moving quickly? I mean, are people quickly responding to the Web site? Or do you feel like there are people who still don't even know where to go to look for their kids?

MCBRIDE: Well, I think that is the case, but I think that gets better every day.

Usually, we get one million hits a day on our Web site. It is up to 10 to 20 million hits a day in 220 countries. So, people are definitely visiting and looking and helping us make those success stories.

GIBSON: Are there any kids that you cannot identify, that you don't know their names?

MCBRIDE: Yes, there are.

There are children who are very young who are unable to tell us who they are. And that is why that picture is so important. But a great story, a little girl, a 2-year-old named Gabby, was able to say her name. And we found her mother that way.

GIBSON: All right. And, I mean, what do you do when you don't know their names?

MCBRIDE: Well, you put up as much information as you can, and certainly...


MCBRIDE: ... taking that photograph.

GIBSON: Well, you have got to call them something. Do you give them new names?

MCBRIDE: Well, I don't really know what they are doing as far as that. I guess they look for clues from the child as to what they might have been called.


Nancy McBride, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children trying to reunite kids with their parents. Nancy, thank you very much.

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