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Missing Children

The following publications provide information related to the issue of missing children. Publications include resources and technical assistance for families and the professionals who serve them. Additional publications are available regarding general information, child sexual exploitation, child safety and prevention.

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A Child is Missing
Guidelines for professionals who support the family of a missing child.

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A Family Resource Guide on International Parental Kidnapping
Practical and detailed information about preventing and responding to international parental kidnapping.

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Checklist for Public-Safety Telecommunicators
A checklist for public-safety telecommunicators when responding to calls pertaining to missing and sexually exploited children.

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Children Missing From Care
Guidelines for child welfare and law enforcement agencies with respect to monitoring the status of children in out-of-home care and responding effectively when a child is missing.

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Family Abduction
Step-by-step information for parents who have experienced a family abduction, as well as resources to help prevent family abduction.

Federal Resources Directory
A directory of federal resources available to law enforcement agencies and public and private organizations involved in the safe recovery of missing children.

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For Health Care Professionals
Recommended actions to help prevent infant abductions from health care facilities and homes.

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Investigative Checklist
Checklist of actions to be taken by law enforcement in the initial stages of a missing-child investigation.

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Investigative Checklist for Law Enforcement When Helping Unsupervised and Runaway Children
Checklist of actions to be taken by law enforcement when coming in contact with unsupervised and runaway children.

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Investigator’s Package
Contains Missing and Abducted Children: A Law-Enforcement Guide to Case Investigation and Program Management and key investigative checklists.

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Litigating International Child Abduction Cases
Provides attorneys with a general understanding of Hague Convention cases and how best to navigate them through the court system.

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Long-Term Missing Child Guide for Law Enforcement
Guide outlining recommended practices to be used by law enforcement with long-term missing child cases.

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Missing-Child, Emergency-Response, Quick-Reference Guide
Checklist of actions to be taken by families in the initial stages of a missing-child case.

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National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway, and Thrownaway Children (NISMART)
Series of bulletins based on several studies of the nation’s missing children problem.

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Team Adam
Key information about NCMEC’s Team Adam program.

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Tool Kit for Nonprofit Organizations Addressing the Problem of Missing and Sexually Exploited Children
Tools for those considering the creation of a nonprofit organization.

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What About Me?
A booklet designed to provide help, support and guidance to children who are going through the trauma of an abducted sibling.

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When Your Child is Missing
A guide written by parents and other family members who have experienced the disappearance of a child.

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You’re Not Alone: The Journey From Abduction to Empowerment
Information to help child abduction survivors cope with their experiences and begin their journeys to a better future.

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