How to become a volunteer to find missing children
Find out how you can volunteer to help find missing children by working with on-site search groups or off-site through child protection organizations.
One of the things you can do is go to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, or NCMEC, website to find online and on-site volunteer opportunities.
You can join a missing child poster program through NCMEC or the Polly Klaas Foundation. You’ll receive missing child poster e-mail alerts. Print the postersand distribute them in your community.
Contact an NCMEC regional office near you for information on local volunteer opportunities. The office phone numbers are available at the NCMEC website.
If you are a retired law enforcement professional, you can join project ALERT and be trained by the NCMEC to assist in missing children cases.
You could place a missing child organization link or banner on your personal or company website or on your social network page. You can get missing child fax alerts sent to your business by the ADAM program, sponsored by Lexis-Nexis and the NCMEC.
It would be really helpful if you could participate in a local missing child on-foot search in your community. You could help with a crime scene, door-to-door, or grid search or even prepare meals for the volunteers.
Why not become a volunteer coordinator, especially if you’re close to the missing child’s famiy? You can keep a running list of volunteerss or contact local groups for help. However you get involved, know that you are doing your part to help missing children find their way home.
In 1981, John Walsh’s son was abducted. His show America’s Most Wanted has helped bring home over 50 missing children.