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Hope is why we're here.


As the nation's nonprofit clearinghouse and comprehensive reporting center for all issues related to the prevention of and recovery from child victimization, NCMEC leads the fight against abduction, abuse, and exploitation - because every child deserves a safe childhood. 

Our mission is to help find missing children, reduce child sexual exploitation, and prevent child victimization. NCMEC works with families, victims, private industry, law enforcement, and the public to assist with preventing child abductions, recovering missing children, and providing services to deter and combat child sexual exploitation.




Our Impact

During the last 37 years, our national toll-free hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST®, has received more than 5 million calls. We’ve circulated billions of photos of missing children. Our peer-support program, Team HOPE, has provided resources to more than 77,000 families. We’ve assisted law enforcement in the recovery of more than 355,000 missing children. Learn more about our impact.

Mission & History

In 1984, after several tragedies, John and Revé Walsh and other child advocates founded the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children as a private, non-profit organization to serve as the national clearinghouse and to provide a coordinated, national response to problems relating to missing and exploited children. Read about how far we've come.


Learn more about NCMEC’s executive team and board of directors. 


We are committed to financial transparency. We post our audited financial statements and Form 990 documents as they become available.