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Survivor & Family Support

All Families & Survivors Missing Children Exploitation Resource Documents

For All Survivors & Families

If you or someone else are in immediate crisis, please call 911 or your local police.
If you want to report a potential suicide threat, please visit the Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Emotional Support & Referrals

NCMEC’s masters-level trained advocates are available to survivors, families, foster families, caregivers, and others by phone or email to assist in finding the right community-based resources to assist with healing. You are encouraged to email gethelp@ncmec.org to see if we can support you and/or your family. 

Team HOPE is a network of volunteers who have personally experienced the trauma of having or being a missing or exploited child. With this firsthand knowledge of the multitude of emotions people experience, these volunteers provide peer support to adult family members of missing or exploited children, as well as adults who were missing or exploited as children. 

Help Locating Legal Aid

NCMEC helps families who are navigating the legal system. NCMEC’s Office of Legal Counsel provides legal technical assistance to parents, guardians, survivors and families. We offer resources, help describe available legal remedies for resolving cases and answer important questions for families about the criminal and civil court process.

If your child was abducted across borders or has been impacted by child sexual exploitation, NCMEC may be able to provide referrals to an experienced attorney (including pro bono or reduced-fee referrals) who can help with the legal issues relating to the situation. In some cases, survivors of child sexual abuse material, child sex trafficking or related exploitation are entitled to financial compensation and working with an experienced attorney is critical to exercising your rights.

Please email gethelp@ncmec.org for information about attorney referrals for families and survivors impacted by a missing child or dealing with child sexual exploitation.

For Those With a Missing Child

Missing Child Case Management

When a child goes missing, NCMEC case managers play a vital role in collecting leads, adding value to tips, and coordinating information for the involved parties (families, law enforcement, etc). If you are a parent or legal guardian who has already reported your missing child to local law enforcement and would like a NCMEC case manager involved with your child's missing case, please call 1-800-THE-LOST.

Reunification Assistance

NCMEC is available to help families prepare for their child’s needs when children initially reunite with their families days or months later. Families in financial need may qualify for transportation at low or no cost to them once their children are recovered.

Please email gethelp@ncmec.org to see if we are able to assist your family in reunification.

For Those Overcoming Exploitation

Reporting Sexual Exploitation

If you want to make a report of child sexual exploitation, you can use NCMEC’s CyberTipline. Specially trained analysts will process that report and make it available to the appropriate law enforcement agency.
 

Removing Sexual Images of a Child Online

Requests to remove explicit content can be made by individuals directly to hosting platforms and websites. Full instructions on how to do this are regularly updated at MissingKids.org/TakeitDown. You can also report explicit images of a child online to the CyberTipline.

Those making a report to NCMEC's CyberTipline have the option to work 1:1 with a CyberTipline team member to work through removing the image and finding additional support. If you would like to work with a team member to remove an image, please email gethelp@ncmec.org .

Resource Documents

Coping with Child Sexual Abuse Material Exposure
Resources for Child Sexual Exploitation Survivors & Their Families
Reconnecting with Your Child
Resources for Empowering Families
You Are Not Alone: Support for Child Sexual Abuse Material Survivors & Their Families
Child Sex Trafficking in Amerca: A Guide for Parents & Guardians
When Your Child is Missing...
You are Not Alone: The Journey from Abduction to Empowerment