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Information for Families

Publications and Multimedia

The First 3 Hours: Being Prepared Can Save Your Child's Life
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention-Sponsored, November 2019

Protecting Tribal Youth from Abduction
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention-Sponsored, August 2017

Missing-Child, Emergency-Response, Quick-Reference Guide for Families
En Español: Menor desaparecido, respuesta de emergencia, guía de referencia rápida para las familias
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention-Sponsored, November 2013

The Crime of Family Abduction: A Child's and Parent's Perspective
En Español: 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)
En Español: 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, May 2010

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.

National Center for Missing & 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)
Administered by the National Institute of Justice, NamUs provides tools that empower family members of missing persons to enter and search case information. NamUs also connects families with criminal justice professionals to assist in the search for their missing loved ones.

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 Missing and Exploited 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, 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.

U.S. Department of State: International Parental Child Abduction
This section of the U.S. Department of State site provides information about the prevention of international parental child abduction (both from the United States and to the United States), services available to help children and families involved in abduction cases, and more.

Date Modified: May 06, 2021
Date Created: August 18, 2020