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When Your Child Is Missing

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This guide, published by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, was written by parents and other family members whose child has been missing. It contains their combined insights concerning what to expect when your child is missing, what you can do and where you can go for help. It explains the role various agencies and organizations play in the search for your missing child and discusses some of the important issues your family needs to consider. Printed copies are available from the Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse at

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