Home     About Us     Partners     Training     Site Search     News & Events
 
 Quick Search
Select a State (USA only)
Female     Male
Missing within   Year(s)
More search options
 
 Help Now
 Resources for
 Topics of Focus
 Global Network
 Language
 Special Thanks



 
 

If My Child is Missing

Act immediately if you believe that your child is missing.

  • If your child is missing from home, search the house checking closets, piles of laundry, in and under beds, inside old refrigerators—wherever a child may crawl or hide.
  • If you still cannot find your child, immediately call your local law-enforcement agency.
  • If your child disappears in a store, notify the store manager or security office. Then immediately call your local law-enforcement agency. Many stores have a Code Adam plan of action—if a child is missing in the store, employees immediately mobilize to look for the missing child.
  • When you call law enforcement, provide your child's name, date of birth, height, weight, and any other unique identifiers such as eyeglasses and braces. Tell them when you noticed that your child was missing and what clothing he or she was wearing.
  • Request that your child's name and identifying information be immediately entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) Missing Person File.
  • After you have reported your child missing to law enforcement, call the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children on our toll-free telephone number, 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678). If your computer is equipped with a microphone and speakers you may talk to one of our Hotline operators via the Internet
Adapted from Just in Case...Missing. Copyright © 1985 National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). All rights reserved.
 
 
  Featured Services
  24-Hour Hotline  
  Code Adam  
  Family-Reunification Services  
  NCMEC Clearinghouse Program  
  Team HOPE  
 
  More Services  
  Featured Publications
  A Family Resource Guide on International Parental Kidnapping  
  Family Abduction  
  Just in Case...Missing  
  Just in Case...Runaway  
  When Your Child is Missing: A Family Survival Guide  
 
  More Publications  
 
Contact Us Privacy Policy Site Search
Copyright © 2004 National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. All rights reserved.