IF YOUR CHILD IS MISSING
ACT IMMEDIATELY if you believe that your child is missing.
- If your child is missing from home, search the house checking closets, piles of laundry, in and under beds, inside large appliances, and inside vehicles, including trunks or anywhere a child may crawl or hide.
- If you still cannot find your child, immediately call your local law enforcement agency.
- If your child disappears in a store, notify the store manager or security office. Immediately call your local law enforcement agency. Many stores have a "Code Adam" plan of action which means that the employees immediately mobilize to look for the missing child.
- When you call law enforcement, provide your childs name, date of birth, height, weight and any other unique identifiers such as eyeglasses and braces. Tell them when you noticed that your child was missing and what clothing he or she was wearing.
After you have reported your child missing to local law enforcement, you may call the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children toll free at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678).
Four Important Child Safety Tips
1. Children should be on the lookout for situations or actions that make them feel uncomfortable, rather than certain kinds of people. "Stay away from strangers" is a popular warning used to prevent child abductions and exploitation, however, many children are harmed by "acquaintances."
2. If someone tries to take you somewhere, quickly get away from them and yell: "someone is trying to take me away!" Say "no", then go and tell.
3. If someone follows you on foot or in a car, run to a "safe place." A safe place is where there are other people around. For example: a neighbor or friends home or a store. Do not go to a wooded area or unoccupied building.
4. Parents should always carry pictures of their children (taken within six months) and take time every day to make a mental note of what they are wearing.