May 25 is National Missing Children's Day

25, 2018

Friday is National Missing Children's Day, designed to focus attention on our families still longing to be reunited with their lost or exploited children, but the day also serves as a reminder to make child safety a priority.

The observance began in 1983 when Former President Ronald Reagan proclaimed every May 25 as National Missing Children's Day, marking the anniversary of the abduction in 1979, of Etan Patz, of New York, who disappeared on his way to school. Etan was never found.  

A few years later, on July 27, 1981, 6-year-old Adam Walsh disappeared from a Sears store in Hollywood, Florida. After an agonizing two-week search, Adam was located deceased. 

At the time, there were several high-profile cases involving missing children; however, many of these families were faced with the shocking reality that there were no coordinated efforts in place to find missing kids. John and Revé Walsh, Adam’s parents, turned their tragedy into advocacy and started a movement to bring to light the issue surrounding missing children in our country. The Walsh family, and other child advocates, created what would become the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children to help find missing children and help keep kids safe.

“Missing Children’s Day serves as a reminder to everyone that there are many children still out there who have not yet been found,” said Robert Lowery, vice president of the Missing Children Division at NCMEC. “It also reminds us that there are countless grieving families desperately looking for their children who need everyone’s help.”

For more information, visit www.missingkids.org