The First 48 hours
When a Child Goes Missing

Guidline by the US Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs
Office of Juvenile Justice and Deliquency Programs (OJJDP)

One of the most critical aspects in the search for a missing child is the gathering of evidence that may hold clues about a child's disappearance or whereabouts. The mishandling of evidence can adversely affect an investigation. Similarly, the collection and preservation of evidence are key to finding a missing child. Parents play a vital role in finding a missing child by providing critical information to law enforcement, by protecting evidence in and around the home, and by gathering information about persons or situations that might hold clues. The following are some tips on what you should do to help law enforcement conduct a thorough and complete investigation.

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Guidelines for Issuing AMBER Alerts

Every successful AMBER plan contains clearly defined activation criteria. The following guidance is designed to achieve a uniform, interoperable network of plans across the country, and to minimize potentially deadly delays because of confusion among varying jurisdictions

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National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® 

NCMEC is the leading nonprofit organization in the U.S. working with law enforcement, families and the professionals who serve them on issues related to missing and sexually exploited children. As part of its Congressional authorization, NCMEC has created a unique public and private partnership to build a coordinated, national response to the problem of missing and sexually exploited children, establish a missing children hotline and serve as the national clearinghouse for information related to these issues.

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The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) is a national centralized repository and resource center for missing persons and unidentified decedent records. NamUs is a free online system that can be searched by medical examiners, coroners, law enforcement officials and the general public from all over the country in hopes of resolving these cases.

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Polaris Project

Polaris Project is committed to combating human trafficking and modern-day slavery, and to strengthening the anti-trafficking movement through a comprehensive approach.

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Alone Without A Home:

Each year, an estimated 1.6 million children and 
youth (ages 12-17) experience homelessness without 
a parent or guardian. These youth leave home for a 
variety of reasons, including severe family conflict, 
parental abuse or neglect, parental mental health 
issues, or substance abuse. Prior to leaving home:
•     43% of homeless youth report being beaten 
by a caretaker;
•     25% of homless youth have had caretakers 
request sexual activity;
•     20% of homeless youth had conflicts with 
their parents around their sexual orientation 
which caused them to leave.

Whether runaway or throwaway, once on the street, unaccompanied homeless youth face numerous legal barriers that often complicate their attempts to meet the basic necessities of life on their own and prevent them from reaching out for assistance to state agencies and service providers that could otherwise help them.

Further complicating matters is that many 
of these laws vary considerably from state to state, creating misinterpretations by service providers and mistaken avoidance of services on the part of homeless youth who may fear being taken into state custody or assume they will be turned away.

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