We honor those children that have gone missing or have been abducted, and continue to dedicate ourselves to their safe return.

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention notes that National Missing Children’s Day is “dedicated to encouraging parents, guardians, caregivers, and others concerned with the well-being of children to make child safety a priority. It serves as a reminder to continue our efforts to reunite missing children with their families and an occasion to honor those dedicated to this noble cause.”

Observing National Missing Children's Day | National Runaway Safeline

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Is there anything scarier than the idea of a child being abducted?

I’ve never been a parent but as an aunt watching ten nieces and nephews grow up, I always knew the worst thing that could happen to me is for one of them to go missing.  I can’t imagine the agony of having your child being abducted. How could I possibly function knowing she is somewhere vulnerable, frightened and alone? How could I close my eyes to sleep knowing he is shivering in the darkness of unfamiliar surroundings.  The idea terrifies me.

The United States has celebrated National Missing Children’s Day on May 25th since 1983.  In 1998, the Global Missing Children’s Network adopted the day as International Missing Children’s Day.  A day designated to honor missing and abducted children while celebrating those who have been recovered.


Though they are with you
Yet….they’re alone
Frightened and longing
For surroundings they’ve known

….Send them on home

To loved ones awaiting
Loved ones……deprived
Of an answer to the question
…’Is my child alive’

….Send them on home

‘Cause time is still dragging
…Seconds…….seem years
Siblings and parents
…Living…the tears

Send them on home

…..To the happiness
And laughter…once they knew
If there is any decency
….Left ever……….in you

Send them on home

James B. Earley


Organizations like the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the National Runaway Safeline are committed to the safety of children around the world.