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   Child Abduction: Resources


law enforceLocal Law Enforcement. If your child is missing, immediately call your local law enforcement agency to make a report. Be prepared to give the law enforcement agency information about your child, including his or her name, date of birth, height, weight, and any other unique identifiers such as eyeglasses and braces. Tell them when you noticed that your child was missing and what clothing he or she was wearing. Request that your child's name and identifying information be immediately entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) Missing Person File.

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The AMBER Alert™ Program is a voluntary partnership between law enforcement agencies, broadcasters, transportation agencies, and the wireless industry. It is used to activate an urgent bulletin in the most serious child abduction cases.

AMECO website or call 877–263–2620 for additional information.

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Crimes Against Children Program
The mission of the FBI's Crimes Against Children Unit is to provide a quick and effective response to all incidents of crimes against children.

Missing Children
This online resource from the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) presents publications and related resources focusing on missing children.

NCMEC website or call 800–THE–LOST (800–843–5678).

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Office for Victims of Crime
The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) was established by the 1984 Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) to oversee diverse programs that benefit victims of crime. OVC provides substantial funding to State victim assistance and compensation programs—the lifeline services that help victims to heal. Through VOCA funding, State agencies in the United States and U.S. territories have established compensation programs to reimburse crime victims and assistance programs to offer victim services. Information about these services can be found at http://www.ovc.gov/map.html.

Team HOPE (Help Offering Parents Empowerment) is a parent mentoring and support program for families of missing children. Made up of parent volunteers, Team HOPE. provides mentoring services, counseling, and emotional support for both parents and other family members. Volunteers can be reached at 866–305–HOPE (4673). See the Team HOPE site to learn more.

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