National Missing Children Day
When is National Missing Children Day? This day is always held on May 25
National Missing Children Day draws attention to the plight of an estimated 2,300 children that go missing in the United States every day. This day is your chance to play a part in finding missing and exploited children. There are a whole lot of reasons why a child goes missing. And, none of them are good. The only good news is that most missing children are found. Of approximately 500,000 missing children in the United States each year, about 98% of them are found. About half of the missing children are parental abductions.
Having a child go missing is the worst thing that can happen to parents. Unfortunately, child abductions can happen to any child, any family. No one is immune to child predators. We don’t say this to scare you. We say it to help promote awareness and education to help you guard against it.
Did you know? The U.S. Department of Justice estimates more than 50,000 children are victims of non-family abductions annually.
How to Participate in National Missing Children Day
Here’s what you can do to help:
- Review and enforce child protection and safety awareness regularly with your children.
- Be ever vigilant.
- Establish neighborhood watch groups.
- Become involved.
- Report anything abnormal or suspicious that you see. Do it immediately.
- Created and maintain records of your children… photos, fingerprints.
“There’s nothing wrong with America that can’t be cured by what is right with America.” – – President William Clinton
History and Origin of National Missing Children Day
The roots of National Missing Children’s Day go back to the 1970s and 1980s. Several high-profile child abductions revealed no organized plans and efforts were in place at the time to find missing children. The first case was Etan Patz who disappeared from a New York City street while on his way to school, on May 25, 1979.
In 1983 President Ronald Reagan proclaimed May 25 National Missing Children’s Day. Since then, U.S. presidents have annually marked this day.
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