From the Administrator|
The disappearance of a child is a traumatic event that demands immediate attention from the entire community. However, if we are to respond effectively to each missing child, we must have sound data regarding the nature and scope of the missing children problem.
Conducted in 1988, the first National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway, and Thrownaway Children (NISMART 1) provided the first nationally representative, comprehensive estimates of the incidence of missing children.
More than a decade has passed since this landmark study was completed, necessitating a new look at the number of children reported missing and the circumstances surrounding those disappearances. The NISMART 2 study, described in this Bulletin, will provide vital data on the incidence of missing children in eight categories: runaway/thrownaway, nonfamily abduction, family abduction, custodial interference, lost and involuntarily missing, missing due to injury, missing due to false alarm situations, and sexually assaulted.
It is my belief that the information to be derived from NISMART 2 will benefit both policymakers and practitioners in their efforts to address missing children's issues.
John J. Wilson