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Safety Tips and Educational Resources

poster winner
Every year the Missing and Exploited Children's Program in conjunction with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention hold a poster contest for 5th graders across the United States. The contest is first held on the state level with the winning entry in each state submitted to compete on the national level.

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fbi child id
The FBI Child ID App is an easy way for parents to keep track of information about their children that would be useful to law enforcement if they ever were to go missing. The app stores images and physical descriptions of the child.

The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, or NamUs, is the national clearing house for both missing and unidentified persons. As a part of the Department of Justice, NamUs provides free DNA testing as well as other forensic services.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, or NCMEC, is a private, non-profit organization designed to assist in locating missing children and to raise public awareness about ways to prevent child abduction. It has a 24 hour toll free missing children's hotline: 1-800-THE-LOST.

The National Runaway Safeline was designed by the United States federal government as a communications system for runaway and homeless youth as well as their parents and families. It is available toll free 24 hours of the day at 1-800-RUNAWAY. Calls are both confidential and anonymous.