TO DO IF YOUR CHILD IS MISSING OR ABDUCTED
- Contact the Committee
for Missing Children 1-800-525-8204
- Immediately call the local law
enforcement and report your child missing. If your child is a
runaway or has been abducted by a spouse, be firm with the law
enforcement individual you are talking to, but polite in demanding
all that can be done will be done.
- Make sure that your child is
entered into NCIC, the FBI's
National Crime Information Center. This is federal law and there
are no waiting periods for missing or abducted children.THIS
IS VERY IMPORTANT. Ask for the NCIC number.
If you believe that your child has been abducted by a stranger,
ask the police to put out a BE ON THE LOOK OUT bulletin
- 2. Ask
about the possibility of involving the FBI
Record the name of your police investigator and all other important
information. Make sure you get all necessary phone numbers and
keep in a handy place.
Gather your child's most recent pictures. If you do not have
one, contact their school. Many schools keep a copy of their
class picture for your child's records.
Call all your child's friends, keep notes and phone numbers
- In case of an abduction by a stranger
and if you have access to the internet, download a copy of When
Your Child is Missing: A Family Survival Guide This is one
of the best guides we have found that lists what to do immediately
and day by day. This book was written by parents whose children
were abducted by a stranger. Note:
If you can not read PDF files please download Adobe Acrobat Reader
at bottom of page.
- If your child has been abducted
by a spouse, contact The
Committee for Missing Children at 1-800-525-8204. We will
lead you through the process and get you to the people and organizations
that will be able to assist you.
- If you child is a runaway, contact
the National Runaway
Switchboard at 1-800-621-4000
- To register your child as missing,
Contact the National Center
for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678)
- Contact your State Missing
Children's Clearinghouse. Every State has one. If you do
not have a computer, contact the CMC (Committee for Missing Children)
or the NCMEC (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)
for a copy of All State Clearinghouses.
- For further assistance, go to our
section on United States Non-profit
Organizations or if you need assistance in Europe go to our
section on International Non Governmental
Organizations (NGO's) or access our European