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If you or someone else are in immediate danger, CALL 911 immediately.

Report a Missing Child

Italian Trulli       1. Immediately call your local law enforcement agency.
Italian Trulli       2. After you have reported your child missing to law enforcement, call the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678).

2. After you have reported your child missing to law enforcement, call the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678).

If your child is missing from home, search through:

Closets

Piles of laundry

In and under beds

Inside large appliances

Vehicles – including trunks

4. Notify the store manager or security office if your child cannot be found when in a store. Then immediately call your local law enforcement agency. Many stores have a Code Adam plan of action in place

 

When you call law enforcement:

  • Provide law enforcement with your child’s name, date of birth, height, weight and descriptions of any other unique identifiers such as eyeglasses and braces. Tell them when you noticed your child was missing and what clothing he or she was wearing.
  • Request law enforcement authorities immediately enter your child’s name and identifying information into the FBI’s National Crime Information Center Missing Person File.

 

Learn more about reporting Children Missing from State Care and reporting to local clearninghouses.

missing poster

Search Missing Children's Posters

View and print missing children’s posters and report a sighting of a specific missing child.

 

Have You Seen a Missing Child?

If you believe you have seen a missing child, please search for their poster using our search tool, and click the “report a sighting” icon in the top right corner of the poster, or call us at 1-800-THE-LOST(1-800-843-5678).

 

Is a Child Being Exploited Online?

If you become aware of child pornography, online enticement of a minor, or other online exploitation of children, report it to the CyberTipline.

 

AMBER Alerts

AMBER Alerts are activated in the most serious cases of child abduction. View active AMBER Alerts here.

 

Survivor & Family Support

Coping with a missing or exploited child incident is difficult. NCMEC offers a variety of support services and referrals to local professionals to help survivors and their families.