immediately if you believe
that your child is missing.
If your child is missing
from home, search the house checking closets, piles of laundry, in and
under beds, inside old refrigerators—wherever a child may crawl or
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.
After you have
reported your child missing to law enforcement, call the National
Center for Missing & Exploited Children on our toll-free
telephone number, 1-800-THE-LOST
(1-800-843-5678). If your computer is equipped with a
microphone and speakers you may talk to one of their Hotline operators