Legal resources

Local 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.

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.

Association of Missing and Exploited Children's Organizations (AMECO)
A membership organization of nonprofit local agencies in the United States and Canada that provide services to the families of missing children. They can help with resource referrals as well as advocacy, poster and flier development and dissemination, and aid to local law enforcement. 

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

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children(NCMEC) was
Established in 1984 to help prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation, find missing children, and assist victims and their families. 

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. 

Team H.O.P.E. (Help Offering Parents Empowerment)
A parent mentoring and support program for families of missing children. Made up of parent volunteers, Team H.O.P.E. provides mentoring services, counseling, and emotional support for both parents and other family members. 

Project Jason
An organization that seeks to bring hope and assistance to families of the missing by providing resources and support.

Polly Klaas Foundation
A national nonprofit that helps find missing children, prevents children from going missing, and promotes laws like Amber Alert that help keep children safe.

Association of Missing and Exploited Children's Organization
An organization of member organizations in the United States and Canada who provide services to families with missing and exploited children.

Operation Lookout
The first priority and ultimate objective of the organization is to bring about a positive reunion of children with their loved ones.

National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)
The first national repository for missing persons and unidentified decedent records. Unidentified decedents are people who have died and whose bodies have not been identified.

The Doe Network
A volunteer organization devoted to assisting Law Enforcement in solving cold cases concerning unexplained disappearances and unidentified victims from North America, Australia and Europe. It is their mission to give the nameless back their names and return the missing to their families.

CUE Center for Missing Persons
CUE provides a variety of services for families suffering a missing person. Some of those services include: posters, printing, search/recovery resources, bulk mailings, law enforcement requests for case aid, personal needs for families of the missing, office workspace to aid the public, individual/group grief counseling and complete case work of missing persons.

The Laura Recovery Center
The Laura Recovery Center exists to prevent abductions and runaways and to recover missing children by fostering a Triangle of Trust among law enforcement, community and a missing child's family.

NetSmartz Workshop
An interactive, educational program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) that provides age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on- and offline. The program is designed for children ages 5-17, parents and guardians, educators, and law enforcement. With resources such as videos, games, activity cards, and presentations, NetSmartz entertains while it educates.

Massachusetts Missing Children Clearinghouse
The Massachusetts State Police houses the Massachusetts Missing Children Clearinghouse (MMCC). The MMCC strives to provide resources for families, caregivers, and the professionals who serve them in assisting in the recovery of children who go missing.

What About Me?
Coping with the abduction of a brother or sister.

EZ ID License Plate
Magi Bish, Molly Bish Center, and other advocates push for new license plate system