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Report Missing Child Information

Please report any information regarding a missing child to our Call Center. We have Call Center Specialists available 24-hours a day to receive missing child reports or "sightings" by telephone or via the Internet.


Call our toll-free Hotline at 1-800-THE-LOST®(1-800-843-5678) 24-hours a day.


Push to Talk

The Push to TalkTM system allows you to use your Internet connection to report information about a missing child. If your computer is equipped with a microphone and speakers you can speak to a Call Center Specialist by clicking on the Push to Talk button.

You can also ask one of our Call Center Specialists to call you back by leaving a telephone number.

What to do if your child is missing

  1. Immediately call your local law enforcement agency.
  2. After you have reported your child missing to law enforcement, call the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST(1-800-843-5678).
  3. If your child is missing from home, search through:
    • Closets.
    • Piles of laundry.
    • In and under beds.
    • Inside large appliances.
    • Vehicles – including trunks.
    • Anywhere else that a child may crawl or hide.

If you have a missing child, please see If Your Child Is Missing, for important steps to take.

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