Five children from Jordan, ON found safe after being reported missing by FACS on Monday

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The children have since been found safe. 
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The search for five children from Niagara continues after they were reported missing by Family and Children's Services Niagara.

Niagara Regional Police received a missing persons report on Monday September 30th for Evalyn, Mattias, Sovereign, Eska, and Magnus MacDermid of Jordan, ON.

Police believe they were taken from their home in Niagara by their father, Ian MacDermid, between September 19th and the 25th.

Constable Phil Gavin tells CKTB, FACS launched an investigation into the family prior to them being reported missing, and sought out a temporary custody order.

He says once the missing persons report was made, Child Abuse investigators with the NRP became involved, and they felt there was concern for the children aged 5-14 so an Amber Alert was issued.

Gavin says the abduction was not the result of a custody dispute, and the family was living together 'as a unit' in the home at the time.

The alert, which 'inundated' NRP with tips, has since expired but the search continues.

Police say MacDermid was spotted in the Niagara Region yesterday afternoon around 5 p.m. in a 2002, red, 4 door Toyota Camry, but the children were not with him.

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Gavin will not say exactly where he was spotted.

Family and Children's Services Niagara says they have been working closely with police since 'these circumstances' came to their attention, but they can't comment specifically on the case.

They are assuring the public that they FACS responds to child protection concerns that are brought to them and they are committed to the well-being of children and families.