In 2017 NCMEC assisted law enforcement and families with more than 27,000 cases of missing children.
- 91 percent endangered runaways.
- 5 percent family abductions.
- 3 percent critically missing young adults, ages 18 to 20.
- Less than 1 percent nonfamily abductions.
- Less than 1 percent lost, injured or otherwise missing children.
Of the nearly 25,000 runaways reported to NCMEC in 2017, one in seven were likely victims of child sex trafficking. Of those, 88 percent were in the care of social services when they went missing.
NCMEC also participates in the AMBER Alert Program, a voluntary partnership between broadcasters, transportation agencies, law enforcement agencies, and the wireless industry to activate an urgent bulletin in the most serious child abduction cases. NCMEC serves as the secondary distributor of these alerts and, to date, 924 children have been successfully recovered as a result of the AMBER Alert program, including 53 recoveries credited to the wireless emergency alert program.1
NCMEC’s forensic artists have age-progressed more than 6,500 images of long-term missing children and created more than 500 facial reconstructions for unidentified deceased children. NCMEC is currently assisting with more than 708 cases of unidentified children’s remains, and so far has assisted in 117 identifications.
Team Adam, which provides rapid, on-site assistance in cases of critically missing children, has deployed more than 1000 times.2The program was named after Adam Walsh, the abducted and murdered son of NCMEC co-founders John and Revé Walsh.
Project ALERT®, which provides technical assistance and outreach regarding long-term missing child cases, has assisted families, communities, criminal justice, and forensic professionals more than 10,000 times.3
NCMEC has analyzed more than 14,500 attempted child abductions to identify trends and help develop safety tips for families