Victim & Family Support

victim and family support


We're Here to Help.

Coping with the traumatic experiences of abduction and sexual exploitation demands courage and determination on the part of the victim, parents, guardians and other family members. The master-level trained mental health and child welfare professionals at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® work within the Family Advocacy Division to proactively help families, law enforcement, social service agencies and mental health agencies by providing a support network for child victims and their families.

The victim and family support services provided by NCMEC include:

  • Immediate crisis intervention when a family needs help with a missing, exploited or recovered child.
  • Team Hope: A network of volunteers who have personally experienced having a missing or exploited child. These volunteers provide peer support to families of actively missing, recovered, or exploited children.
  • Hope Bags: For victims of child sex trafficking, escaping their traffickers often means leaving with nothing but the clothes on their back. Hope Bags provide survivors with basic items they need for those first few hours and days after recovery.
  • Support for survivors of abduction and exploitation, including helping them to connect with other victims.
  • Emotional support for endangered runaways, parents, guardians and families.
  • Referrals to appropriate agencies and mental health professionals.
  • Reunification assistance from skilled therapists to help reintegrate a recovered child back into the home during each stage of reconnecting and rebuilding.
  • Legal resources and technical assistance for victims, families, law enforcement, and the attorneys involved in cases regarding missing or exploited children.
  • Support for siblings of victims.
  •  Assistance in locating federal, state and local organizations for sexually exploited youth.
  •  Support for law enforcement if local services are not able to meet a family’s needs.



NCMEC is ready to provide support and assistance to you and your family. Call us at 1-800-THE-LOST® (1-800-843-5678.)