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Victim & Family Support

Coping with the traumatic experiences of abduction and sexual exploitation demands courage and determination on the part of the victim, parents, guardians and other family members. The master-level trained mental health and child welfare professionals at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® work within the Family Advocacy Division to proactively help families, law enforcement, social service agencies and mental health agencies by providing a support network for child victims and their families.

The victim and family support services provided by NCMEC include:

  • Immediate crisis intervention when a family needs help with a missing, exploited or recovered child.
  • Support for survivors of abduction and exploitation, including helping them to connect with other victims.
  • Emotional support for endangered runaways, parents, guardians and families.
  • Referrals to appropriate agencies and mental health professionals.
  • Reunification assistance from skilled therapists to help reintegrate a recovered child back into the home during each stage of reconnecting and rebuilding.
  • Support for siblings of victims.
  • Assistance in locating federal, state and local organizations for sexually exploited youth.
  • Support for law enforcement if local services are not able to meet a family’s needs.

NCMEC is ready to provide support and assistance to you and your family. Call us at 1-800-THE-LOST® (1-800-843-5678.)

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