What To Do If Your Child Disappears

  1. Take a few minutes to collect your thoughts. Could your child be hiding or with other family members or friends? This is a good time to conduct a cursory search and contact relevant parties.
  2. Immediately call (911) and all other local law enforcement agencies: This should include the city police or county sheriff, and the State Police. Insist that they enter your missing child information into the National Crime Information Computer (NCIC) at once.
  3. If predatory abduction is a real possibility notify the Federal Bureau of Investigation. FBI experience and resources are unsurpassed in law enforcement.
  4. Create a local media (TV Stations, Radio Stations, and Newspapers) contact list. Notify all local media assignment desks. You are your missing child’s best advocate so work with the Media – keep in mind that the public’s awareness about your missing child could be expedited if you share pictures, videos and other details.:
  5. Create a Social Media campaign to inform the public about your missing child. Create a Facebook page that includes photos, videos, articles and links to television segments. IF these elements do not yet exist they can be easily inserted after the fact. Also, create a Twitter feed that directs the public to your other social media profiles. This is the fastest and least expensive way to get the word out.
  6. Contact the KlaasKids Foundation Search Center for Missing Children. Our services are free of charge. Our center will assist you with flyer creation, distribution, and creating an action plan.
  7. If you have a home (landline) phone make sure that it is staffed and is being traced at all times. Do not turn off your cell phone: even when charging.
  8. Find a printer. Volunteers will help you to post flyers in highly visible areas.
  9. Your best chance of recovery is to encourage a coordinated response effort by law enforcement; media; your child find agency; and volunteers.
  10. Take care to preserve your physical well-being. Seek emotional and psychological support from your church or social service agencies. Make sure that you sleep and eat regularly. Refrain from alcohol or other mind altering substances.
  11. Remember – Never Give Up Hope! As long as you believe, hope remains eternal.
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