Act immediately if you believe your child is missing.

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What to Do If Your Child is Missing:

  • If your child is missing, search the house checking closets, piles of laundry, in and under beds, inside large appliances, and inside vehicles, including trunks—wherever a child may crawl or hide.
  • If your child disappears in a store, notify the store manager or security office. Then immediately call your local law-enforcement agency. Many stores have a Code Adam plan of action— if a child is missing in the store, employees immediately mobilize to look for the missing child.
  • When you call law enforcement, provide 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 was wearing.

Adapted from Just in Case…Missing. Copyright© 1985, 2004, and 2010 National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). All rights reserved.

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