May 25, 2013, marks the annual observance of National Missing Children’s Day, first proclaimed in 1983 by President Ronald Reagan.
Missing Children’s Day is dedicated to encouraging parents, guardians, caregivers, and others concerned with the well-being of children to make child safety a priority. It serves as a reminder to continue our efforts to reunite missing children with their families and an occasion to honor those dedicated to this noble cause.
In 1999, OJJDP initiated the National Poster Contest to commemorate Missing Children’s Day. The contest’s annual theme is "Bringing Our Missing Children Home." The contest provides teachers with tools to educate children and parents about safety, and initiate conversations regarding prevention. Posters from previous years can be viewed in the National Missing Children’s Day Poster Gallery.