What to Do if Your Child Goes Missing

Not that it’s something anyone wants to think about, but if your child should go missing you’ll be glad you took the time now to learn what to do.

The alarmist position isn’t one we see ourselves in, but the numbers show that 85% to 90% of the almost 900,000 missing persons reported in 2000 were minors. Sure some kids like to pretend they are running away and sure some parents are too protective and worry too much, but a lost child is always something to worry about. And the numbers also show that 20% of those persons reported missing, or around 150,000, are categorized as endangered or involuntary.

The Klaas Kids Foundation has an extensive list of what to do in the event of a missing child, including notifying policy and the FBI immediately, no 48 hour waiting period.

Do not stop after you have called 911. Depending on your circumstances, contact your local Police Department, County Sheriff, State Police or Highway Patrol, law enforcement in surrounding jurisdictions and the Border Patrol if applicable. Remember, there is no 24 or 48-hour waiting period. If you meet resistance demand to speak to the watch commander and insist that they take a report and enter the information into the National Crime Information Computer (NCIC) at once.

All of the main points on the checklist are as follows:

  • Immediately call (911) and all other local law enforcement agencies
  • Notify the Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Log onto or refer the responding law enforcement agency towww.beyondmissing.com
  • Notify all local media assignment desks
  • Notify your local non-profit Child Locator Service
  • Keep your home phone attended by someone your child knows
  • Take care to preserve your physical and emotional welfare
  • Remember – Never Give Up Hope!

You can go to klaaskids.org for the entire list and a ton more helpful information. They also offer a free child identification kit, as one of the most important things you can do is keeping updated information on your child. You can print your own copy or order one from their website.

Leave any questions in the comments or find us at Wolpert.com for everything else.

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