If your child is missing, call 911 immediately.

Contact 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Links of Interest

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC): The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation whose mission is to help find missing children, reduce child sexual exploitation, and prevent child victimization. NCMEC works with families, victims, private industry, law enforcement, and the public to assist with preventing child abductions, recovering missing children, and providing services to deter and combat child sexual exploitation. The National Center continues to lend their strong support to programs that are indeed "comprehensive". They recognize the Freemasons’ dedication to provide the equipment and the volunteer hours necessary to generate completed ID KITs for the parents in our communities, realizing that few parents would take the time to compile such detailed information on their own. Visit the NCMEC at: www.missingkids.com

US Dept. of Justice Amber Alert: The AMBER Alert System began in 1996 when Dallas-Fort Worth broadcasters teamed with local police to develop an early warning system to help find abducted children. AMBER stands for America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response and was created as a legacy to 9-year-old Amber Hagerman, who was kidnapped while riding her bicycle in Arlington, Texas, and then brutally murdered. Other states and communities soon set up their own AMBER plans as the idea was adopted across the nation. Once law enforcement has determined that a child has been abducted and the abduction meets AMBER Alert criteria, law enforcement notifies broadcasters and state transportation officials. AMBER Alerts interrupt regular programming and are broadcast on radio and television and DOT highway signs. AMBER Alerts can also be re-disseminated through lottery, digital billboards, Internet Ad exchanges, Internet Service Providers, Internet search engines, as well as wireless devices such as mobile phones. Visit at https://www.amberalert.gov

National Safety Council: The job of protecting kids most often falls to parents and caregivers, and it is up to them to familiarize themselves with safety risks in and around their homes and communities. Once you know the risks, you can take steps to plan for safety. Visit the NSC at: https://www.nsc.org/home-safety/safety-topics/child-safety

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP): The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) envisions a nation where our children are free from crime and violence. If they come into contact with the justice system, the contact should be both just and beneficial to them. OJJDP provides national leadership, coordination, and resources to prevent and respond to juvenile delinquency and victimization. OJJDP supports the efforts of states, tribes, and communities to develop and implement effective and equitable juvenile justice systems that enhance public safety, ensure youth are held appropriately accountable to both crime victims and communities, and empower youth to live productive, law-abiding lives. Discover the latest news, publications, events, and resources on key focus areas and initiatives. Also, receive ongoing information about publications, funding, events, and other resources. Visit the OJJDP at: http://www.ojjdp.gov

Polly Klaas Foundation: The Polly Klaas Foundation is a Petaluma, CA based, national nonprofit dedicated to the safety of all children, the recovery of missing children, and public policies that keep children safe in their communities. They have helped more than 10,000 families of missing children, counseling them on ways to find their children and work with law enforcement. We make and distribute posters of missing children for these families, and have a national eVolunteer force that distributes posters of missing children in their communities. Our hotline has been answered 24/7 since 1993. Visit the Polly Klaas Foundation at http://www.pollyklaas.org

ADHAlogo.jpgConnecticut Dental Hygienists' Association: The mission of the Connecticut Dental Hygienists' Association Inc. is to represent the interests of dental hygienists and support the advancement of the dental hygiene profession by promoting the highest clinical, educational and ethical standards and be advocates for the public's total health through prevention and access to quality care. Visit at www.cdha-rdh.com

National Safety Council