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Resources for Professionals

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children assists a wide-range of professionals who may be involved with missing or exploited children cases. This includes providing technical assistance or forensic support to law enforcement and medical examiners, referring families to specially-trained mental health providers within our network, or providing research and trial support to legal professionals working missing or exploited child cases. 

Law Enforcement Resources

NCMEC is committed to providing technical assistance, education, and resources at no cost to child-serving professionals, including law enforcement  who assist with missing and exploited children cases. You can view our training courses here.

Family Advocacy Outreach Network

The Family Advocacy Outreach Network (FAON) is a voluntary network connecting victims and families with mental health service providers and other organizations within their communities. FAON seeks the expertise of experienced treatment professionals and service organizations who are willing to provide therapeutic services pro bono or at a low sliding-scale fee to the families of missing and/or sexually exploited children. If you provide direct services to families, we need you.



For Legal Professionals

We understand that cases of missing and sexually exploited children often raise difficult and complex issues. NCMEC’s Office of Legal Counsel is ready to help by providing valuable resources and assistance for legislators, attorneys, and others, including case specific legal, educational, technical and related research and analysis, as well as publications, amicus briefs, and other trial related materials. We also coordinate a probono network of attorneys willing to work on missing and exploited child cases.

Forensic Resources

NCMEC offers forensic services to law enforcement, medical examiners, and coroners to find missing children, identify unknown deceased children, and develop leads on child abduction homicides..



Disaster Resources

In 2005, during Hurricane Katrina, our organization handled 34,045 calls, and helped resolve the 5,192 missing children cases reported to NCMEC. Because of these efforts, Congress later mandated the establishment of the National Emergency Child Locator Center (NECLC), which NCMEC operates during Presidentially declared disasters at the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). 

Resources for Child Welfare Workers

Children missing from state/foster care are required to be reported to NCMEC. More information about relevant laws, how to report, and resources for handling such cases are available.