Missing children publications - NCMEC

Missing Children

The following publications provide information related to the issue of missing children. Publications include resources and technical assistance for families and the professionals who serve them. Additional publications are available regarding general information, child sexual exploitation, child safety and prevention.

A Child Is Missing

Guidelines for professionals who support the family of a missing child.

A Law Enforcement Guide on International Kidnapping

This guide describes law enforcement’s role from initial responders to investigators; discusses applicable laws, treaties, and legal remedies for child recovery; and outlines considerations for criminal prosecution and extradition of offenders. 

A Family Resource Guide on International Kidnapping

Practical and detailed information about preventing and responding to international parental kidnapping.

Checklist for Public-Safety Telecommunicators

A checklist for public-safety telecommunicators when responding to calls pertaining to missing and sexually exploited children.

Children Missing From Care

Guidelines for child welfare and law enforcement agencies with respect to monitoring the status of children in out-of-home care and responding effectively when a child is missing.

Family Abduction

Step-by-step information for parents who have experienced a family abduction, as well as resources to help prevent family abduction.

Federal Resources Directory

A directory of federal resources available to law enforcement agencies and public and private organizations involved in the safe recovery of missing children.

For Health Care Professionals

Recommended actions to help prevent infant abductions from health care facilities and homes.

Investigative Checklist for First Responders

Checklist of actions to be taken by law enforcement in the initial stages of a missing-child investigation.

Investigative Checklist for Law Enforcement When Helping Unsupervised and Runaway Children

Checklist of actions to be taken by law enforcement when coming in contact with unsupervised and runaway children.

Investigator's Package

Contains Missing and Abducted Children: A Law-Enforcement Guide to Case Investigation and Program Management and key investigative checklists.

Litigating International Child Abduction Cases

Provides attorneys with a general understanding of Hague Convention cases and how best to navigate them through the court system.

Long-Term Missing Child Guide for Law Enforcement

Guide outlining recommended practices to be used by law enforcement with long-term missing child cases.

Missing-Child, Emergency-Response, Quick-Reference Guide

Checklist of actions to be taken by families in the initial stages of a missing-child case.

Team Adam

Key information about NCMEC’s Team Adam program.

What About Me?

A booklet designed to provide help, support and guidance to children who are going through the trauma of an abducted sibling.

When Your Child Is Missing

A guide written by parents and other family members who have experienced the disappearance of a child.

You're Not Alone

Information to help child abduction survivors cope with their experiences and begin their journeys to a better future.