Today is National Missing Children’s Day.
Thirty years ago 30 year ago, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) was founded and has helped reunite thousands of missing kids with their families.
Just a tiny percentage of missing children cases involve "stereotypical' abductions but even children who are abducted by members of their own family can be in extreme danger and deserve to be protected and returned to their lawful parent or guardian.
A study in 1999 found that approximately 800,000 children younger than 18 were reported missing and that more than 200,000 children were abducted by family members. An estimated 115 children were victims of "stereotypical" kidnapping. These "stereotypical" kidnappings involved someone the child did not know or was an acquaintance.
There are several groups besides NCMEC that work to help find missing children which include the Office for Victims of Crime, the FBI, the Child Protection Division of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Polly Klass Foundation and the Association of Missing and Exploited Children’s Organizations, Inc.
Every time we hear a Code Amber Alert or listen to the news and hear about children missing it breaks our heart.
If your child or a child you know is missing read “When Your Child Is Missing: A Family Survival Guide” issued by MissingKids.com.
It doesn’t matter if these children are in the U.S. or not. Recent news of the Nigerian school girls who were kidnapped is unspeakable. The hashtag #BringBackOurGirls raises attention around the world that no child should be ever be missing.
Observe National Missing Children’s Day today and help raise awareness to ProtectChildren across the globe.
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