Tyler (KYTX) -- An autistic teen missing for hours on Monday in Harrison County is back home safe with his family today.
It's a crisis that can happen to a parent in an instant.
"If I can't see her I get concerned and worried. Then, I call her name and she knows where I'm at," Diane Davis, mother to a 3-year-old, said.
As a former teacher, Davis has taught her daughter not to go around strangers without permission. But she says she knows those boundaries can be challenging for special needs children.
"My daughter can tell me if she wants to go down the hill. A child with special needs may not be able to, and they may wander off," Davis said.
In case of the unthinkable, it's helpful your kids memorize vital information.
"Teach them your phone number so they can get ahold of you, and the address is so important," Officer Don Martin, with the Tyler Police Department, said.
The Tyler Police Department offers a Child ID Program for free. Parents can get a card with their child's photo and fingerprint on it, to have on hand in case they go missing.
The next date to get a card this summer will be posted soon on the department's web site.