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How to Become a Volunteer to Help Find Missing Children

Find out how you can volunteer to help find missing children by working with on-site search groups or off-site through child protection organizations.


  • Step 1: Go to the NCMEC website Go to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, or NCMEC, website to find online and on-site volunteer opportunities.
  • Step 2: Join a missing child poster program Join a missing child poster program through NCMEC or the Polly Klaas Foundation. You'll receive missing child poster e-mail alerts. Print the posters. Distribute them in your community.
  • Step 3: Contact an NCMEC regional office Contact an NCMEC regional office near you for information on local volunteer opportunities. Office phone numbers are available at the NCMEC website.
  • TIP: If you are a retired law enforcement professional, you can join project ALERT and be trained by the NCMEC to assist in missing children cases.
  • Step 4: Place a missing child link on your website Place a missing child organization link or banner on your personal or company website, or on your social network page.
  • TIP: You can get missing child fax alerts sent to your business by the ADAM program, sponsored by Lexis-Nexis and the NCMEC.
  • Step 5: Participate in a local search Participate in a missing child on-foot search in your community. Help with a crime scene, door-to-door, or grid search. Prepare meals for volunteers.
  • Step 6: Become a volunteer coordinator Become a volunteer coordinator, especially if you're close to the missing child's family. Keep a running list of volunteers. Contact local groups for help. However you get involved, know that you are doing your part to help missing children find their way home.
  • FACT: In 1981, John Walsh's son was abducted. His show America's Most Wanted has helped bring home over 50 missing children.

You Will Need

  • Posters or flyers
  • Website link or banner
  • Subscription to e-mail or fax alerts

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