Half a Million Kids Went Missing Last Year — Here’s How You Can Help

These nonprofits are working to get them back.

In 2017, there were 464,324 entries for missing minors, down from 465,676 entries in 2016, according to the FBI. In reality, those staggering numbers are likely higher considering many children are never reported missing to the FBI.

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Along with law enforcement agencies, several national nonprofit agencies work tirelessly to protect children and reunite missing children with their families. These are some of the reputable ones to consider supporting with a donation:

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC)

Since 1984, NCMEC has served as a resource center for law enforcement, families and the public to help find missing children, reduce child sexual exploitation and prevent child victimization. Over the last three decades, NCMEC has circulated billions of photos of missing children and assisted law enforcement in the recovery of more than 260,000 missing children.

The Committee for Missing Children

The Committee for Missing Children is a parent advocacy group dedicated to distributing images of missing children worldwide. With its comprehensive safety tips, the organization educates both children and adults on abduction prevention, internet safety and more.

I’m Not Just A Name Children’s Resource Center (INJANCRC)

The organization works on behalf of every missing child and works to build partnerships with the community and law enforcement to better protect children. By distributing information about missing children on social media and presenting tips at schools and community events, INJANCRC elevates awareness about missing and exploited children.

Find the Children

Since its incorporation in 1983, Find the Children has worked to promote communication between local and federal law enforcement, the media and the parents of abducted children. The organization also hosts free programs, designed to teach children internet safety and how to recognize potentially dangerous situations, for Los Angeles County schools. Its website operates as a clearinghouse for useful phone numbers and photos and information about missing children.

A Child Is Missing

In concert with law enforcement, A Child Is Missing assists in the early search and recovery of children, the elderly, people with disabilities and college students. Since 1997, its alert program has been assisting law enforcement nationwide in saving the lives of 2,000 children and elderly individuals. They have assisted in over 65,000 cases and sent out over 80 million alert calls.

To do your part this Missing Children’s Day, answer the FBI’s call to help locate any of the victims on its Kidnapping and Missing Persons webpage. Anyone with information regarding a missing child should contact your local FBI field office or your local police department, or call 911. Tips can also be submitted to the FBI through tips.fbi.gov.

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