Special Feature: Missing Children - Information for Justice System Personnel


Missing Children, State Care, and Child Sex Trafficking: Engaging the Judiciary in Building a Collaborative Response
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention-Sponsored, June 2015

Missing Children: DOJ Could Enhance Oversight to Help Ensure That Law Enforcement Agencies Report Cases in a Timely Manner
U.S. Government Accountability Office, June 2011

Federal Resources on Missing and Exploited Children: A Directory for Law Enforcement and Other Public and Private Agencies, Sixth Edition
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, May 2011

Guide for Implementing or Enhancing an Endangered Missing Advisory
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, March 2011

NamUs Helps Identify the Missing
National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center, 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

Best Practices Guide for Public Information Officers
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, July 2006

Effective Use of NCIC (National Crime Information Center)
Office of Justice Programs, April 2005

The Criminal Justice System's Response to Parental Abduction
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, December 2001

Missing and Exploited Childrens Training Program
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, March 2001

Technologies for Identifying Missing Children, Final Report
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, September 2000

Jimmy Ryce Law Enforcement Training Center Program
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, March 1997

Using Agency Records To Find Missing Children: A Guide for Law Enforcement
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, March 1996

Related Resources

The AMBER Alert Program is a voluntary partnership between law enforcement agencies, broadcasters, transportation agencies, and the wireless industry, to activate an urgent bulletin in the most serious child-abduction cases.

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Crimes Against Children (CAC) Program
The mission of the CAC program is to decrease the vulnerability of children to sexual exploitation; to develop a nationwide capacity to provide a rapid, effective, and measured investigative response to crimes against children; and to enhance the capabilities of state and local law enforcement investigators through programs, investigative assistance, and task force operations.

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Kidnapping and Missing Persons Investigations
The Kidnapping and Missing Persons Investigations section of the FBI website provides a listing ongoing missing persons cases.

General Services Administration (GSA) Missing Child Notice Program
The GSA Missing Child Notice Program website is a clearinghouse for information and guidance to federal agencies on how to post missing child notices within federal buildings.

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 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.

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.

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