The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children was co-founded by John and Revé Walsh after the abduction and murder of their 6 year-old son, Adam, in 1981. They realized there was no coordinated national response for missing or exploited child cases and that so many families were left to fend for themselves in the face of their greatest crisis. Working with other advocates, they founded the National Center for Missing & Exploited children in 1984 so no other family has to endure what they did alone. NCMEC is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) that works with families, victims, private industry, law enforcement and the public to help find missing children, reduce child sexual exploitation and prevent child victimization.
During the last 36 years, NCMEC’s national toll-free hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST® (1-800-843-5678), has received more than 5 million calls. NCMEC has circulated billions of photos of missing children, assisted law enforcement in the recovery of more than 334,000 missing children and facilitated training for more than 375,000 law enforcement, criminal/juvenile justice and healthcare professionals. NCMEC’s Team HOPE volunteers have provided resources and emotional support to more than 74,000 families of missing and exploited children. For more key facts and stats about NCMEC's work, visiting MissingKids.org/keyfacts.