One nightmare parent doesn’t want is their child missing. If you find that your child is missing, you stay calm. There are steps you need follow. We have touched upon three essential areas of disappeared/missing children Disasters, Home and Publicly.

The child goes missing from a disaster, immediately call or contact your local law enforcement. You will need to fill out Unaccompanied Minors Registry Form soon as you can. This tool lets The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children aid emergency management staff on the ground in their efforts to reunite families during disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes or terrorist attacks.

If your child is missing, search the house checking closets, piles of laundry, in and under beds, inside large appliances, sheds, garages, and inside vehicles, including trunks—wherever a child may crawl or hide. Check the front and back yards. Remember that children love to hide in bushes and climb trees. Contact your immediate neighbors and friends. If you still cannot find your child, immediately call 911.

If your child disappears in a store, tell the store manager and security office. Many stores have a Code Adam plan of action—if a child is missing in the store. The employees immediately mobilize to look for the missing child. All areas of the store and parking lots need be checked thoroughly. Then directly call your local law-enforcement agency child isn’t found.

When you call law enforcement, give your child’s name, date of birth, height, weight, and any other unique identifiers such as eyeglasses and braces. Tell them when you noticed that your child was missing and what clothing he or she is wearing. Provide any recent photographs of your child. Good to have a current picture of your child. Remember that many cell phones today allow you to have and save photos on your phone.

When the police arrive, answer all their questions with much detail, as possible. Do not take any issue personally police may ask. You can possibly be looked upon by authorities’ as possible suspect or person of interest, mainly if you were the last person to see your child. To help rule yourself out coöperate fully. Again, do not take this personally is part of their procedures.

When a child has gone missing authorities need to create a Timeline of the missing child. A procedure to help establish where and what your child was doing prior them missing.

Various law enforcement and rescue personnel use trained K9/dogs. Is best stay clear and not interfere anyway. Dogs have a keen sense of smell no matter the weather. Dog’s sense of smell is 10,000 to 100,000 acute and allows them to zero in on a certain sent. Once the dog has a specific cent will enable them to track and locate. In any missing person’s case make sure the authorities use a K9 for searching in the first couple of hours. If not, you have the right make the request to the head Officer or Detective.

Our friend Marc Klaas share’s his personal experience about his daughter Polly going missing. Marc makes it clear the do’s and the do not be to parents when talking to authorities.

You should ask that your child’s name and identifying information be immediately entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) Missing Person File.

After you have reported, your child missing you need to call The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The toll-free number is (1-800-843-5678) and The Live Hotline to talk on national website:

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children will help you during this crisis. They will assign a caseworker that will keep you informed. We recommend staying in constant contact with your assign caseworker, and any changes take place notified immediately.

Check with police how they are interacting with other law enforcement agencies and media. If they are not planning to contact any of these parties, you should follow-up. Look at the situation, openly and honestly how your child has become missing.

Children that are missing as Babies are usually taken by a parent , realitive , neighbor , or a babysitter . There are exceptions and the authorities usually can determine such situations upon notification of child’s disappearance. Still, most of the time these type of situations are Parental Kidnappings when a parent or relative has illegally taken, kept, or concealed the missing child from another parent or legal custodian.

In situations as Abductions by Unknown Individuals or Nonfamily Members commonly referred to as “ siranger abductions,” these are cases in which the child was taken, kept, or concealed by a person other than his or her parent or legal custodian usually. In situations like these, the federal authorities are brought in.

When comes to missing children that are usually eight and older authorities mostly lean that child more than likely ran away. That is not always the case and most importantly for a child be away from home is an endangerment to their welfare. Note, a reminder that police with media considered Chelsea King a run-away and remember what happened to her. She was found dead!

Our authorities usually look at runaways as Voluntary Missing feeling that children and youths who have run away from home, as well as “ throwaways “-children who have been rejected or abandoned by their families and are homeless.

Children that show no signs of running away have more of a priority, with law enforcement and the media. However, if your child did run-away, you need to stress to the parties involved that your child is a minor and is in a dangerous situation out on the streets. Even children on the streets get abducted, do not allow them to delay an Amber Alert .

Children who run-away often run from a family crisis or a personal problem. Children and teens often lack the coping skills to deal with stress. In some ways, it feels more comfortable to flee the situation than to deal with it directly. Usually, children that run-away from home is typically fueled by an overload of depression, anxiety and a sense of loneliness with profound alienation from anyone or anything. These kids often feel they have little support in times of trouble and nowhere to run when things get tough, go to the street life. Which they turn their back on parental support, authority figures and seek comfort instead from other people on the streets. Most children who end up in this predicament aren’t forgoing a lousy situation for something better. Instead, they quickly learn that their suffering has only begun and that they are easy prey for unscrupulous people and victimization.

Note, you know your child’s behavior and characteristics since birth. You need to communicate to law enforcement reasons of your child’s disappearance. As a parent, you will feel the need do more.

When it comes to Unknown Missing they are cases in which the child is missing, and the facts of the case are insufficient to determine if the child was abducted, was the victim of an accident or voluntarily left home. Comes to situations as these authorities usually file the case until new evidence emerges.

When it comes to Searching should always be coördinated with authorities and in day lite hours. Only trained authorities and rescue personnel should search after daylight.

We suggest contacting other law enforcement in the following order: County Sheriff, State Police, Highway Patrol, law enforcement in surrounding jurisdictions and Border Patrol, if your state borders Mexico or Canada. Make sure that each agency has the correct information and a current picture of your missing child. Sometimes local law enforcement will call on the FBI to help with a missing children’s case. If the FBI involved making sure to have the lead agents contact information.

Each kind of missing child case requires appropriate investigative strategies during each of the four phases of case investigation:

* Initial Response – Regardless of the kind of missing child case, the initial response requires a preliminary investigation to determine the facts of the case and the structure of the subsequent investigation.

* Intensive Investigation – This stage begins once it has been determined that a child is missing and continues until initial lead information is exhausted and further leads have not yet developed

* Sustained Investigation – The third phase consists of developing leads after the trail grows cold and following whatever leads are generated.

* Follow-up and Close-out – Upon location of the child or recovery and identification of the children remains, the final stage includes steps necessary to determine what crimes may have been committed before or during the time the child was missing; it also includes routine steps to close out case files and
delete NCIC entries.

During missing children cases authorities have many procedures they do. Times they set a Mobil Patrol helps law enforcement, staying in touch with the citizens they protect that is imperative. Mobile Patrol helps law enforcement rapidly and conveniently communicate vital public safety information.

Mobil Patrol is used basically for three areas in authorities operations:

*Connect With Your Community – Allow users to see recent bookings at a facility, send alerts regarding your most wanted lists, area sex offenders, or general news and information.

*Solicit Crime Tips From Citizens – Users can submit crime tips straight from their mobile phones, or easily report a sighting of someone that you have placed on your wanted list.

*Publish Updates – Connect with communities, and monitor your outreach with a customized control panel and seamless integration with social media and news outlets.

Times authorities may see the need for a Mobil Command Center. When it comes to the operation of search and rescues the Mobil Command Center top of the line with the equipment and supplies they are equipped with. Some the latest accessories found in a Mobil Command Center is medical with life-saving equipment well as minilab. Mobil Command Centers are all equipped with the top of line communications.

First 24 to 48 hours is critical for any missing child. Is best to make a basic Facebook Page about your lost child and done with the family members and the authorities participation.

Your family needs to open themselves up to the media. The local news can help get your missing child’s information out to the public. It’s better having a family member that is strong to speak to the media. Your spokesperson wants to keep their answers short and to the point focusing on the missing child. We suggest coordinating with local law enforcement when doing this. Law enforcement can have a person that involved with your child’s case on hand answer questions.

We recommend have flyers for the media. The flyers should display a recent picture of your missing child and facts pertinent to the disappearance. Physical traits and personality characteristics should also be described as accurately as possible. It’s essential that any flyers, posters display the number of local law enforcement with case number making it legit.

Your family will need help from people, organizations soon as possible to distribute your child’s picture. Start with your neighbors and friends.

We recommend appointing a person that knows your family well, as helper/coördinator. This person will help in organizing the volunteer’s and support your family. We recommend that person selected choose four Captains that will take charge of a section in canvassing area. It’s best to divide sections up in North , South , East , West in your community. Make sure that your captains are able to be in contact with each other and authorities.

Establish a Command Center in your community. This site will allow your leadership to coördinate and delegate to volunteers what needs be done. Have found that is best not to have this in the missing child’s house. The family has enough that is occurring, and this will just add to strong emotions.

Is very important have Flyers / Poster / T-Shirts / Buttons made about your missing child. Many local businesses will help with the cost of expenses of these items by sponsorship. This will allow recognition of their business on the details.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, along with various child advocacy organizations can help blanketing your state and the nation. Request organizations display your missing child’s information on their Web page / Internet sites .

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children sends out massive amounts of flyers of missing children regularly. Families receive documentation telling where and when a flyer of their missing child displayed. Their website continually presents a lost child’s information and same information shared with all law enforcement throughout the country.

In 1996, Wal-Mart Corporation and The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children formed the Missing Children’s Network a private, non-profit organization which works under a Congressional mandate with the U.S. Department of Justice. Children’s information is also featured on Wal-Mart Television Network. Ideal felt by Wal-Mart and NCMEC allow customers see these faces of missing children with the hope that child recognized.

The sole purpose of this was used every Wal-Mart store, Neighborhood Market and Sam’s Club in the United States displays a bulletin board with posters and identifying information of missing children. Wal-Mart has a policy that all flyers that displayed are from The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. The flyers posted monthly, so other missing children’s flyers be displayed. Children’s information is also featured on Wal-Mart Television Network.

Having a positive outlook during this time is imperative. We know that many a time that family and friends want to help with support. Your family needs all the positive support can get.

Team HOPE is a program of the The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s Family Advocacy Division.

Team Hope help families with missing, exploited and recovered children by offering peer support including empowerment, emotional support and coping skills from a trained volunteer who has had or still has a missing or exploited child. They enhance the already-proven abilities of our volunteers and give them the tools they need to aid families with missing, recovered and exploited children.

Jessica’s Law Now has come to the same conclusion as National Center for Missing and Exploited Children comes our missing children. Missing child cases often involve a violation of the law and always involve the need to provide protection for the child. Even those youths who voluntarily leave home run the risk of becoming involved in criminal activity or exploitation through, involvement in prostitution, child pornography, or with pedophile,” protectors.”

Recap and Suggestions:

• If your child is Kidnapped, Missing or a Run-Away need to contact the Police, The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children 1-800-843-5678, along with Team H.O.P.E.

• If your child has Run-Away make sure to contact The National Run-Away Switchboard 1-800-786 2929 and The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children 1-800-843-5678.

• Should keep your home phone monitored by family members or close family friend. If the child calls are right, have a family member or person the child is familiar with answering the phone.

• Work with law enforcement with setting up a Facebook Page and Reward for information help find your missing child.

• The family needs to make an effort in working positively with all law enforcement and media. Any negativity toward authorities or media will take the focus off your child and place it on the negative issues at hand. Causing possibility of ruling yourself out as a suspect. Your family should be accessible and proactive with both parties.

• Importantly, take time to seek emotional and psychological support, through professional counselors or spiritual guidance. You will need these supports, to help you be strong and continual in your search for your child.

Again, contact nearby family, friends, and church for support. This will help your family out with a common goal of finding your missing child. This support is essential during this time because you cannot do everything and must eat and sleep. Even though it will be hard need some time. Is good to have family members, close friends, to help during this time, however, place one person who has tremendous delegation skills in place to help organize volunteers.

“Never, never, never, never give up”. – Winston Churchill

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Sample Flyer: