Children Missing from Care

Children Missing from Care

Children Missing from Care

Federal Legislation

Enacted in September 2014, the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act, P.L. 113-183 (H.R. 4980) requires the States to report each missing or abducted foster child to law enforcement and to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

The Bringing Missing Children Home Act, a portion of the larger Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015, P.L. 114-22, was enacted in May 2015. Among other improvements related to record-keeping, this legislation amended federal law to require that law enforcement agencies notify NCMEC of each report they receive relating to a child missing from foster care.

For many years prior to the passage of these important laws, NCMEC has successfully partnered with social service agencies in several states and local jurisdictions by assisting and supporting their efforts to locate and return missing children to safe places. Please see Resources for Social Services for additional information regarding reporting requirements, steps to take when a child in care goes missing and how NCMEC can assist.

To learn more about the resources NCMEC has available to support Social Services and for additional information about this issue, please visit the Children Missing from Care microsite.

Free Webinars

NCMEC is excited to offer the following webinar sessions to assist social workers in learning about resources available while reporting children missing from care to us.

2018 Sessions:

Session 23 - February 15, 2018

Session 24 - April 19, 2018

Session 25 - June 21, 2018

Session 26 - August 16, 2018

Session 27 - October 18, 2018

Session 28 - December 20, 2018


Time: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm ET

Topic: Reporting Children Missing from Care to NCMEC

Topic Details: This webinar will discuss recent federal legislation, namely the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act, P.L. 113-183 (H.R. 4980), and its mandate for social service agencies to immediately report children missing from foster care to law enforcement and NCMEC. In that context, the webinar will discuss various resources offered by NCMEC to help locate and recover children missing from care, including potential child sex trafficking victims.

Facilitator: Leemie Kahng-Sofer, Program Manager, Missing Children Division, NCMEC

To Register: Send an email to BBrown@NCMEC.ORG with your name, office email address and the name of your agency, along with the session number or webinar date you are interested in attending. Please make note if any aids and/or services are needed.