Special Feature: Missing Children - Information for Families

Publications

The Crime of Family Abduction: A Child's and Parent's Perspective
Spanish version - El Delito del Secuestro Familiar: La perspectiva de hijos y padres
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, May 2010

When Your Child is Missing: A Family Survival Guide (4th Edition)
Spanish version - Cuando su Niño está desaparecido: Una guía de supervivencia familiar (4th Edition)
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, May 2010

Solving Missing Persons Cases
National Institute of Justice, November 2009

Caretaker Satisfaction With Law Enforcement Response to Missing Children
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, August 2008

You're Not Alone: The Journey from Abduction to Empowerment
Spanish version - No estás solo: El camino del secuestro al empoderamiento
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, May 2008

What About Me? Coping With the Abduction of a Brother or Sister
Spanish version - ¿Y yo? Cómo sobrellevar el secuestro de un hermano o una hermana
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, May 2007

A Family Resource Guide on International Parental Kidnapping
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, January 2007

Bringing Abducted Children Home
Spanish version - Dedicada a regresar a casa los ninos secuestrados
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, April 2005

When Your Child Is Missing: A Family Survival Guide
Spanish version - Cuando su Hijo ha desaparecido: Una guia de supervivencia para la familia
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, May 2004

Issues in Resolving Cases of International Child Abduction by Parents
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, December 2001

Early Identification of Risk Factors for Parental Abduction
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, March 2001

Family Abductors: Descriptive Profiles and Preventive Interventions
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, January 2001

Cuando su Nino desaparece: Una guia Para la Supervivencia de la familia
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, October 2000

A Report to the Attorney General on International Parental Kidnapping
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, April 1999

Related Resources

Child ID App
Developed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Child ID mobile phone app provides a convenient place to electronically store photos and vital information (for example, height/weight) about your children so they are easily accessible and can quickly be shared with authorities. The app also includes tips on keeping children safe as well as specific guidance on what to do in those first few crucial hours after a child goes missing.

Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB)
Found within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the mission of FYSB is to provide national leadership on youth and family issues. FYSB promotes positive outcomes for children, youth, and families by supporting a wide range of comprehensive services and collaborations at the local, tribal, state, and national levels.

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)
NCMEC works to locate and recover missing children and raises public awareness about ways to prevent child abduction, molestation, and sexual exploitation.

National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)
NamUs is the first national online repository for missing persons records and unidentified decedent cases.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
OJJDP supports states, local communities, and tribal jurisdictions in their efforts to develop and implement effective programs for juveniles. Access the child abduction, missing children, and National Missing Children’s Day sections of the OJJDP website for program information and links to publications and resources.

Office for Victims of Crime (OVC): Missing Children
This website provides information on rights and services available to victims of child abduction and exploitation. Included are links to related organizations that address these issues.

Project Lifesaver
Sponsored in part by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Project Lifesaver provides police, fire/rescue and other first responders with a comprehensive program including equipment and training to quickly locate and rescue “at risk” individuals with cognitive disorders including those with Autism, Down syndrome, and Alzheimer’s disease.

U.S. Department of State: International Parental Child Abduction
This section of the Department of State site provides specific services to parents in cases of parental abductions from the U.S. and abductions to the U.S.

For additional publications and resources on this topic, conduct a search of the NCJRS Abstracts Database and see the following sections of our site:

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