The following publications provide information related to the issues of missing children, child sexual exploitation, and safety and prevention.


A Child is Missing

for professionals who support the family of a missing child.

A Family Resource Guide on International Parental Kidnapping

Practical, detailed information about preventing and responding to international parental kidnapping. Also available in Spanish.

What About Me?

A booklet designed to provide help, support and guidance to children who are going through the trauma of an abducted sibling. Available in Spanish

When Your Child is Missing: A Family Survival Guide

A guide written by parents and other family members who have experienced the disappearance of a child.

You're Not Alone

Information to help child abduction survivors cope with their experiences and begin their journeys to a better future. Available in Spanish

A Checklist for Public-Safety Telecommunicators

A checklist for public-safety telecommunicators when responding to calls pertaining to missing and sexually exploited children.

Children Missing From Care

Guidelines for child welfare and law enforcement agencies with respect to monitoring the status of children in out-of-home care and responding effectively when a child is missing.

Federal Resources Directory

A directory of federal resources available to law enforcement agencies and public and private organizations involved in the safe recovery of missing children.

For Health Care Professionals

Recommended actions to help prevent infant abductions from health care facilities and homes. Self assessment only here.


Investigative Checklist for First Responders

Checklist of actions to be taken by law enforcement in the initial stages of a missing-child investigation. Also available in Spanish.

Family Abduction: Prevention and Response

Step-by-step information for parents who have experienced a family abduction, as well as resources to help prevent family abduction. Also available in Spanish.

Investigative Checklist for Law Enforcement When Helping Unsupervised and Runaway Children

Checklist of actions to be taken by law enforcement when coming in contact with unsupervised and runaway children. Also available in Spanish.

Investigator's Package

Contains Missing and Abducted Children: A Law-Enforcement Guide to Case Investigation and Program Management and key investigative checklists. Also available in Spanish.

Litigating International Child Abduction Cases

Provides attorneys with a general understanding of Hague Convention cases and how best to navigate them through the court system.

Long-Term Missing Child Guide for Law Enforcement

Guide outlining recommended practices to be used by law enforcement with long-term missing child cases.

Missing-Child, Emergency-Response, Quick-Reference Guide

Checklist of actions to be taken by families in the initial stages of a missing-child case. Also available in Spanish.


special needs checklist

Investigative Checklist for Law Enforcement When Responding to Missing Children With Special Needs

Checklist of actions to be taken by law enforcement to help safely recover missing children with special needs. Also available in Spanish here.

A Law Enforcement Guide on International Parental Kidnapping

This guide helps law enforcement successfully investigate international parental kidnapping cases.


Safe to Compete: An Introduction to Sound Practices for Keeping Children Safer in Youth-Serving Organizations

This document is a framework for youth-serving organizations to guide their development of a sexual abuse prevention program. 

Missing Children, State Care, and Child Sex Trafficking

This technical assistance brief is intended to educate judges about steps to be taken to assist in the location and recovery efforts for children missing from care.


Child Molesters: A Behavioral Analysis

Investigative tool for law enforcement and child protection professionals.


Helping Families Prevent Child Sexual Exploitation

Tips for families to help them protect children from sexual exploitation. Also available in Spanish.

Helping Schools & Communities Prevent Child Sexual Exploitation

Action steps for schools and communities to help reduce child sexual exploitation. Also available in Spanish.

captured on film

Captured on Film: Survivors of Child Sex Abuse Imagery are Stuck in a Unique Cycle of Trauma

A white paper on NCMEC findings from a survivor-informed roundtable discussion with CSAI-focused mental health practitioners.  

Safety & Prevention

Child ID Kit

This identification kit includes space for a photo, descriptive information about a child and fingerprints. Also available in Spanish.

Staying Home Alone

Important points families should consider before allowing their children to stay home alone. Also available in Spanish.

NetSmartz® Brochure

Information about our innovative program educating children about online safety and digital citizenship. Also available in Spanish.

Preventing Abduction

These tips can help trusted adults learn more about abduction and how to better protect children. Also available in Spanish.

What Should You Do If You See A Child Who Appears to Be Lost?

Tips about what to do when you see a child who appears to be lost.