Report a Missing Child Report a Missing Child Act immediately if you believe your child is missing. Call 911, then the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST® (1-800-843-5678). Click here for a complete list of actions to be taken by families in the initial stages of a missing child case. Report a Child Missing from State/Foster Care Federal legislation requires that state agencies must report a missing or abducted child to both law enforcement and NCMEC within 24 hours of receiving information about a missing child under their care. Click here to learn more and access the reporting form for social workers and other state authorities. Contacting Local Missing Child Clearinghouses In addition to contacting NCMEC, you should contact your local Missing Child Clearinghouse specific to your state/territory. An updated list of contact information can be found here. Resources A Child is Missing English Family Abduction: Prevention & Response English Español Missing Children on the Autism Spectrum English When Your Child is Missing: A Family Survival Guide English Español Children Missing From Care English A Family Resource Guide on International Parental Kidnapping English Español NCMEC has a number of publications on the topics of missing and exploited children’s issues as well as those on child safety and abuse prevention. View them here.