If Your Child Is Missing – ACT IMMEDIATELY!

1. Immediately call your local law enforcement agency.

  • Provide law enforcement with your child’s name, date of birth, height, weight and descriptions of any other unique identifiers such as eyeglasses and braces. Tell them when you noticed your child was missing and what clothing he or she was wearing. Request law enforcement authorities immediately enter your child’s name and identifying information into the FBI’s National Crime Information Center Missing Person File.

2. After you have reported your child missing to law enforcement, call the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST(1-800-843-5678).

3. If your child is missing from home, search through:

  • Closets
  • Piles of laundry
  • In and under beds
  • Inside large appliances
  • Vehicles – including trunks
  • Anywhere else that a child may crawl or hide.

4. If your child can not be found while in a store, notify the store manager or security office immediately for assistance with locating your child. Then immediately call your local law enforcement agency. *note: Many stores have a Code Adam plan of action in place.

5. If your child or loved one is missing from the State of Maryland or Washington, D.C., call the Known AS Monique Foundation at 443-277-5507 for assistance with activating our KAM Search Squad that consists of our volunteers who will help with distributing information about your missing loved one online and in the community, along with helping with an organized search for the missing.

6. Download this Missing Child Quick Reference Checklist for Families to help you make sure that you don’t forget any of the many steps you’ll take during the search and recovery process to locate your missing child (or adult loved one).