1. It is critical that you ACT IMMEDIATELY

2. At home - search the house, check closets, piles of laundry, in and under beds, in your car, shed, inside old refrigerators, wherever a child could crawl into or hide and possibly be asleep or not able to bet out.  Check with your neighbors and friends of your child.  If you still cannot find your child, IMMEDIATELY CALL THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE OR POLICE.

3. While shopping - notify the manager of the store or the security office and ask for assistance in finding your child.  THEN IMMEDIATELY CALL THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE OR POLICE.   Many stores have initiated a plan of action if a child is missing while shopping in their establishment like Code ADAM.

4.When calling the Sheriff's Office or Police try to stay calm, identify yourself and your location and say "Please send an officer; I want to report a missing child."  You should give your child's name, date of birth, height, weight, and any unique identifiers such as glasses, pierced ears, or braces.  What time you first noticed the disappearance and when you last saw your child.  Knowing what clothing the child was wearing when he or she disappeared will help.  After you have reported your child missing to law enforcement, listen to their instructions and respond to their questions.

5 Any significant and unexplained deviation from your child's daily routine should prompt a timely law-enforcement response. This response may be expedited if any of these circumstances exist:

  •  younger than 13
  • mentally incapacitated or drug dependant
  • a potential victim of foul play or with adults who could endanger the child's welfare
  • communicating with someone he or she has become acquainted with via the Internet and has arranged to meet them.

Request that your child's name and identifying information be immediately entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) Missing Person File.  This ensures that any law enforcement agency in the country will be able to identify your child if he or she is found in another community.

National Center For Missing & Exploited Children