National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

In 1984, John Walsh co-founded the private, nonprofit National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). NCMEC serves as a focal point in providing assistance to parents, children, law enforcement, schools, and the community in recovering missing children and raising public awareness about ways to help prevent child abduction, molestation, and sexual exploitation. NCMEC has worked on more than 73,000 cases of missing and exploited children, helped recover more than 48,000 children, and raised its recovery rate from 60 percent in the 1980s to 91 percent today, thereby gaining national and international recognition as "the" resource for missing and exploited children.

As the nation's resource center for child protection, NCMEC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. NCMEC spends 91 percent of its revenue directly on programs and services. NCMEC is proud of its A+, excellent, rating in the Winter 1997/98 American Institute of Philanthropy Charity Rating Guide which recommends charities based on percent of money spent on charitable purposes versus administrative expenses.

In 1989 NCMEC had a staff of 40. Today NCMEC has developed into a 125-person organization. Most work provided by NCMEC is conducted, developed, analyzed, and completed on-site at its headquarters utilizing state-of-the-art technology, highly trained professionals, and committed staff, interns, and volunteers.

For more information, or to contact National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, see their website at: www.missingkids.org

» Recent News

Study Documents Law Enforcement Efforts Combating Internet Sex Crimes Against Children
10 Nov 03 | Law enforcement in the United States is beginning to have notable success in their effort to combat Internet-related sex crimes against children according to a new study¸ Internet Sex Crimes Against Minors: The Response of Law Enforcement.

New National Survey Reveals Child Kidnappings are Number-Two Safety Concern Among Parents and Grandparents
05 Nov 03 | New partnership between Honeywell and National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) focuses on abduction and kidnapping prevention, distributes child safety information into 25,000 schools across the United States.

DNA Testing Identifies Long-Term Missing Child
28 Aug 03 | The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) today announced that a newly expanded partnership with ChoicePoint has resulted in the first identification of the remains of a long-term missing child.

QUALCOMM and Wal-Mart Partner to Alert Truck Drivers about Missing Children
27 Aug 03 | QUALCOMM and Wal-Mart today announced that the companies will partner to increase support of the nation's AMBER Plan program through Wal-Mart's newly created "Roadwatch: Missing Child Alert" system.

National Center For Missing & Exploited Children Reaches Out To Working Parents Through Corporate Doors
12 Aug 03 | The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) is reaching out to Chicago corporations in hopes of helping employees better protect their children. A first-ever employee workshop is scheduled on August 13 at noon.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Donates $150,000 To National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
06 Aug 03 | Associates of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. today contributed $150,000 to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) to support the organization's efforts to locate missing children and safeguard youth from victimization.

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Releases Summer Tips to Keep Kids Safer
17 Jul 03 | The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children calls on parents to be more engaged in their children's lives. Recent news reports of children being exploited in retail stores and through the Internet underscores the seriousness of this problem.

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and National Crime Prevention Council Partner to Promote Child Safety in Amusement Parks
11 Jul 03 | The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is pleased to be partnering with the National Crime Prevention Council and McGruff.org's Milstein Child Safety Center to promote child safety to guests of Dollywood Amusement Park.

Secretary Ridge Announces "Operation Predator"
09 Jul 03 | The President has made it clear that anyone who harms a child will be a priority target of law enforcement in this administration. "Operation Predator integrates the Department's authorities to target those who exploit children," said Tom Ridge.

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Teams with Superstation WGN to Promote Child Safety and Help Bring Children Home
17 Jun 03 | The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and Superstation WGN are teaming up to raise awareness about the plight of missing and exploited children in America and how parents can protect their kids through Together We Can.

Ford and National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Urge Parents, Congress to Act for Child Safety
21 May 03 | Ford Motor Company and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) are offering free digital safety I.D. kits to reduce the number of missing children and urging parents and Congress to keep kids safe.

2003 National Missing and Exploited Children's Awards Honor Law Enforcement and Recovered Children
21 May 03 | In recognition of National Missing Children's Day, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) held its Eighth Annual Congressional Breakfast and National Missing and Exploited Children's Awards on Capitol Hill today.

National Center and International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children Announce Expansion to New York City
20 May 03 | The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children, the leading resource centers for child protection in the US and abroad, announce the opening of a Manhattan Affiliate office.

Second Annual "Hope Awards" Honor Extraordinary Worldwide Child Protection Efforts
20 May 03 | Nine individuals who have contributed significantly to the well-being of children and reduced worldwide victimization of children will have those efforts applauded tonight when they receive the annual "Hope Awards."

New York City and Vicinity Carpenters Labor Management Cooperation Trust Fund "Opens Its Doors" to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
20 May 03 | The New York City and Vicinity Carpenters Labor Management Cooperation Trust Fund (Labor Management) has donated office space to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's (NCMEC) Manhattan Affiliate Office.

Law Enforcement Nationwide Honored for Bringing Home Missing Children and Combatting Child Victimization
19 May 03 | NCMEC's mission is to assist law enforcement personnel in finding missing children and helping to prevent child sexual exploitation, working with federal, state, and local law enforcement on a daily basis and recognizes their efforts through awards.

www.missingkids.com, A Child Safety Resource for Millions of Families, Redesigned by National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
15 May 03 | Visitors will be able to navigate through the new site to find the latest prevention education materials, information on NCMEC's recently launched campaign against child sexual exploitation, and up-to-date information on missing children cases.

MSN and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Recognize Six Cities for Leading the Nation in Online Safety
01 May 03 | MSN® and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) today announced the launch of their joint Cyber Safe City program and recognized six cities that are leading the nation in championing online safety in their communities.

President Bush To Sign AMBER Into Law
30 Apr 03 | In a White House Rose Garden ceremony today President George Bush plans to sign the PROTECT Act of 2003 - a bill the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children hails as 'the most far- reaching legislation to date to protect America's children."

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Attacks "America's Dirty Little Secret" with New Campaign
30 Apr 03 | The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) today announces a national ad campaign to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation. The timing of the ad campaign coincides with NCMEC's launch of a new Family Advocacy Division.

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