Post from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

Source: National Center for Missing & Exploited Children


Today marks #NationalMissingChildrensDay, a poignant reminder of the ongoing effort to locate and protect missing children. This day of observance began on May 25, 1979, when 6-year-old Etan Patz disappeared on his way to the school bus in New York City. His case captured the nation’s attention and remains a symbol of hope and perseverance.

Story Overview:

  • Each year on this day, we honor the memory of missing children like Etan and reaffirm our commitment to finding and safeguarding every child.
  • The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) plays a crucial role in these efforts, assisting law enforcement, families, and child welfare agencies in their search for missing children.
  • In 2023 alone, NCMEC helped with 28,886 cases, demonstrating the relentless pursuit to bring every missing child home.
  • Reflecting on the past, we see the significant impact stories like that of Adam Walsh have had on improving the systems and technologies used to locate missing children. His legacy continues to inspire advancements in public awareness and child protection measures.


As we observe National Missing Children’s Day, let us never forget the missing and never give up hope. Join the effort by sharing posters of missing children and supporting organizations dedicated to this cause. Together, we can ensure that no family remains in uncertainty, wondering about the fate of their loved ones.

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Source of image: National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

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