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What resources are available to assist in locating missing children?
If you have not yet contacted law enforcement officials to report your missing child, please do so immediately. Ask them about the issuance of an AMBER Alert. Through AMBER Alert, law enforcement agencies and broadcasters activate an urgent bulletin in the most serious child abduction cases. Request that law enforcement put out a Be On the Look Out (BOLO) bulletin. Ask them about involving the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the search for your child. Additional helpful information for families about what to do when a child is missing is available in the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) report, When Your Child is Missing: A Family Survival Guide.

For additional assistance, visit the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) website. NamUs is a clearinghouse for missing persons and unidentified decedent records. This free online system can be searched by law enforcement officials, other allied professionals, and the general public to solve these cases. To enter a missing persons report into the NamUs database, visit the registration page. Also contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Last Updated: August 26, 2015

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