Missing Child

This page contains links to useful pages and resources that individuals may find helpful if a child goes missing.

  • Is Your Child Missing?
    1. Immediately call your local law enforcement agency.
    2. After you have reported your child missing to law enforcement, call the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at
      1-800-THE-LOST(1-800-843-5678).
    3. If your child is missing from home, search through:
      • Closets
      • Piles of Laundry
      • In and under beds.
      • Inside large appliances
      • Vehicles - including trunks
      • Anywhere else that a child may crawl or hide
    4. If the child is lost in a store, notify the store manager or security office if your child cannot be found when in a store. Then immediately call your local law enforcement agency. Many stores have a Code Adam plan of action in place.
  • When you call law enforcement:

    • Provide law enforcement with your child’s name, date of birth, height, weight and descriptions of any other unique identifiers such as  eyeglasses and braces. Tell them when you noticed your child was missing and what clothing he or she was wearing.
    • Request law enforcement authorities immediately enter your child’s name and identifying information into the FBI’s National Crime Information Center Missing Person File.
  • Contact National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
    Report your missing child to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) at 1-800-THE-LOST® (1-800-843-5678). Visit their website and find information via the links listed below.


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Law Updated: Effective January 1, 2018, the Missing Child RPT-Hotline Info

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/publicacts/fulltext.asp?Name=100-0438&GA=100 

Amends the Intergovernmental Missing Child Recovery Act of 1984. Provides that at the time of first contact with an individual making a report of a missing child who is under 18 years of age, the local law enforcement agency shall provide the individual with information, the contents of which shall be prepared by the Office of the Attorney General and posted on its website, that includes, but is not limited to, the following: 

(i) the 24-hour toll-free telephone numbers for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the National Runaway Safeline; and

 (ii) a description of the services provided to families of missing children by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the National Runaway Safeline. Provides that the information may be provided by the local law enforcement agency in a format that includes, but is not limited to, written materials for distribution or a posting on the official website of the local law enforcement agency.