Nothing is more important to parents than the safety and welfare of their children. When a child disappears, it is critically important for parents to know that there are resources readily available to help. Law enforcement officers, agencies with expertise in recovering missing children, family members, and neighbors are only some of the people who will do everything in their power to help in the search for a missing child (When Your Child is Missing: A Family Survival Guide, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, May 2010).
While the unforeseen absence of a child is always upsetting, fortunately most missing children are returned home in a short period of time. This fact, however, provides little consolation for the parents of children whose whereabouts and welfare remain unknown (When Your Child is Missing: A Family Survival Guide, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, May 2010).
President Ronald Reagan first proclaimed May 25 to be National Missing Children's Day in 1983. It has been recognized as such every year since.
National Missing Children's Day is dedicated to help remind parents, guardians, and other trusted caregivers and adult role models to make child safety and well-being a priority. It can be used to show appreciation for those who dedicate themselves to finding and safely bringing home those who may be missing. It serves as an annual reminder to the nation to continue efforts aimed at reuniting missing children with their families.
To learn more about missing children, please select a topic from the following list or from the section at the right under the heading "Missing Kids" to view publications and related resources: