There is perhaps nothing as scary as a missing child — however, one of the best ways to help a lost child return safely home is to work together as a community. In the case of a lost child, we’ve compiled a helpful checklist of everything you should do.
The police can only distribute an alert if they have enough descriptive information about the missing child. Although this process can be incredibly emotional and taxing, try to be as specific and detailed as possible.
If your local authorities suspect any suspicious circumstances, they may issue an AMBER alert to spread the news throughout your community.
Next, call your child’s doctor and dentist and ask for copies of their medical records and x-rays to provide to law enforcement.
If a child goes missing in your community, it can be a harrowing and emotional experience for everyone involved. To learn more about how to navigate a missing child, check out this helpful survival guide from the U.S. Department of Justice.
The FBI has created a free tool to provide a convenient place to electronically store photos and other vital information about your children so that it is available anytime you need it. You can show the pictures and provide physical identifiers, such as height and weight, to security or police officers on the spot. Using a special tab on the app, you can also quickly and easily email the information to authorities with a few clicks.
The app also includes tips on keeping children safe and features a password protection option to help keep your information safe.