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- There are Missing Children Clearinghouses in every state, plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, and the Netherlands, provide resources for missing children, their families, and the professionals who serve them. Most Clearinghouses are located within a law enforcement agency. Although the specific services provided by each Clearinghouse vary, their primary areas of focus include networking, information dissemination, training development and delivery, data collection, and provision of technical assistance in cases of missing and sexually exploited children.
- The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children works to locate and recover missing children and raises public awareness about ways to prevent child abduction, molestation, and sexual exploitation. The Center’s Lost Child Alert Technology Resource helps law enforcement agencies distribute images and information about missing children.
- The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System is an online repository for missing persons records and unidentified decedent cases.
- The Department of State’s Office of Children’s Issues provides services to parents in international family abductions.