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Code of Virginia
Title 52. Police (State)
Chapter 7.5. Virginia Missing Child with Autism Alert Program

§ 52-34.13. Definitions.

As used in this chapter, unless the context requires a different meaning:

"Media" means print, radio, television, and Internet-based communication systems or other methods of communicating information to the public.

"Missing child with autism" means a child (i) whose whereabouts are unknown; (ii) who has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder as defined in § 38.2-3418.17; (iii) who is 17 years of age or younger or is currently enrolled in a secondary school in the Commonwealth, regardless of age; and (iv) whose disappearance poses a credible threat as determined by law enforcement to the safety and health of the child and under such other circumstances as deemed appropriate by the Virginia State Police.

"Missing child with autism alert" means the notice of a missing child with autism provided to the public by the media or other methods under a Missing Child with Autism Alert Agreement.

"Missing Child with Autism Alert Agreement" means a voluntary agreement between law-enforcement officials and members of the media whereby a child with autism will be declared missing, and the public will be notified by media outlets, and includes all other incidental conditions of the partnership as found appropriate by the Virginia State Police.

"Virginia Missing Child with Autism Program" or "Program" means the procedures and Missing Child with Autism Alert Agreements to aid in the identification and location of a missing child with autism.

2020, c. 19.

The chapters of the acts of assembly referenced in the historical citation at the end of this section may not constitute a comprehensive list of such chapters and may exclude chapters whose provisions have expired.