KC Child Search, Inc is a not-for-profit (501C-3) organization that helps to locate missing and abducted children. Another large function is to educate children and parents about safety and how to avoid becoming a victim of abuse and abduction. KC Child Search was founded in 1996 by Kelli Bailiff and incorporated in 2003.

After many years in law enforcement, Kelli felt it necessary to help children who had became victims of crimes. While at the Sheriff’s office, Bailiff organized a program in 1994 to help build a positive relationship between victims of crime and those involved in the judicial system. Her goal was for the program to have children “walk into a court room and leave with smiles in their faces” She tackled that goal and succeeded with the help of Kansas City Royals and Hall of Fame Legend, George Brett. Also assisting were Legend and Golden Glove Frank White, Johnny Damon, Michael Tucker and of course, Sluggerrrr.  

In 1998, Bailiff was honored with the Kansas Sheriff’s and Chiefs of Police Association Bronze Award for her dedication to the issue of Child victimization. In 1999, she received the Liberty Bell Award presented by the Kansas Judicial Association for the same cause. Also in 1999, Bailiff received the National Missing Children’s Award presented by the Department of Justice and Attorney General Janet Reno for the recovery of a young boy abducted from California.

These are just three of the numerous awards received for her love of children and child safety. Bailiff attributes her success in her career to her parents, her friends and the wonderful influences she has in the law enforcement community.

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