Best Practices

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® has developed a series of best suggested practices for parents, industry, Law Enforcement and others who may be seeking guidance on issues pertaining to missing and exploited children.

Missing Kids Readiness Project: The Missing Kids Readiness Project promotes best practices for responding to calls of missing, abducted and sexually exploited children. Agencies will be recognized by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® for meeting essential training and policy elements demonstrating preparedness for responding to a missing child incident.

Safe to Compete: An Introduction to Sound Practices for Keeping Children Safer in Youth-Serving Organizations: This document is a framework for youth-serving organizations to guide their development of a sexual abuse prevention program.

For Health Care Professionals: Guidelines on Prevention of and Response to Infant Abductions: This guide provides health care providers, security personnel and administrators, law enforcement officials and families with key information regarding infant abductions. This publication also includes recommendations to prevent infant abductions from a health care facility or home and responsive actions if an abduction occurs.

Missing and Abducted Children: A Law-Enforcement Guide to Case Investigation and Program Management: The guide outlines recommended practices for law enforcement investigating missing child cases and was authored by a team of professionals from local, state and federal agencies. It describes a recommended step-by-step investigative process and offers a wealth of valuable resources to assist with missing and abducted children cases.

Litigating International Child Abduction Cases Under The Hague Convention: This manual provides attorneys with a road map to assist in the effective and competent litigation of a Hague Convention case involving the abduction of a child from his or her home country.

Long-Term Missing Child Guide for Law Enforcement : This guide outlines recommended practices to be used by law enforcement with Long-Term Missing Child cases. This ground-breaking guide includes best-practice recommendations and a wealth of valuable resources to assist law enforcement with these challenging and complex cases.

Missing Children, State Care, and Child Sex Trafficking: Engaging the Judiciary in Building a Collaborative Response: This technical assistance brief is intended to educate judges about steps to be taken to assist in the location and recovery efforts for children missing from care by ensuring the legal guardians, social workers, and child advocates within child serving agencies are aware of and engage assistance from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children on behalf of these endangered missing children.