WHERE ARE THE MISSING CHILDREN? – The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children continuously gathers information in order to help find children that go missing in the US each year.
According the organization the last known comprehensive national study to determine the number of missing children in the US was in 1999 where the following figures were published:
Of the reported missing children some 800,000 were below the age of 18.
Of the reported abductions, over 200,000 were from family member and 58,000 from non-family members.
The figures are harrowing and for the family left behind the days and nights merge into one long time frame of disbelief and internal torment.
The report went on to say that the first 3 hours when a child goes missing is the most critical. While murder is rare it is still estimated that 100 children, of all those abducted, are murdered and murdered within the first 3 hours of the abduction.
Over the years The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has done a remarkable job in helping families find their missing children and assisting law enforcement, which has resulted, since being founded in 1984, to the recovery of over 180,000 children. The remarkable work by an unfaltering belief that people can make a difference, has allowed the recovery rate to grow from 62% in 1990 to a massive 97.7% in 2012.
Finding missing children is a collective effort, even you can make a difference, simply by paying attention to your surroundings to see if you spot any children on the streets that simply look ‘out of place’ or indeed lost; in which case a simple 911 call could make all the difference in the world in reuniting a family.
If you would like more information on The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children please visit their website missingkids.com or if you have information about a missing or exploited children then call 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678)