If your child is missing:
1. Call your local police immediately.
- Provide them with vital information about your child including: your child’s name, height, weight, date of birth, what (s)he was last seen wearing, when and where (s)he was last seen, any scars, birthmarks, tattoos or other identifying features such as braces or eyeglasses.
- Ask them to enter you child’s name and information into the FBI’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC) Missing Person File. (The National Child Search Assistance Act of 1990 mandates an immediate police report and NCIC entry in every case of a missing child.)
2. Search your home and immediate surroundings including closets, under beds, vehicles, large appliances, and favorite hiding places or outdoor play spaces.
3. Call Child Find of America, toll-free: 1-800-I-AM-LOST ( 1-800-426-5678)
- Once connected with Child Find, an intake coordinator will register your child, gather information, explain the process, guide you through next steps, answer questions, address concerns and assign you a case manager.
- Your case manager will immediately begin investigating your case, working directly with you and coordinating efforts with law enforcement and allied agencies.
- When appropriate, Child Find will disseminate posters through national media partners, the internet and social media to engage public assistance in the search for leads. Child Find’s comprehensive case management team is also available to provide emotional support as well as share resources and referrals to agencies that offer peer counseling and support.