In 1983, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed May 25th as National Missing Children’s Day. Each year, the U.S. Department of Justice commemorates Missing Children’s Day with a ceremony honoring the heroic and exemplary efforts of agencies, organizations, and individuals to protect children. Missing Children’s Day is dedicated to encouraging parents, guardians, caregivers, and others concerned with the well-being of children to make child safety a priority. It serves as a reminder to continue our efforts to reunite missing children with their families and an occasion to honor those dedicated to this noble cause. As part of this initiative, the U.S. Department of Justice has launched a [National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest](ncjtc.fvtc.edu/Portals/2/Resources/RS00005796.pdf) which invites fifth-grade students to create a poster to include the theme “Bring Our Missing Children Home”. The [Missing and Exploited Children’s Training and Technical Assistance Program](ncjtc.fvtc.edu/programs/PR00000004/missing-and-exploited-children) works in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice to coordinate the National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest and Missing Children's Day activities. This collaboration aims to increase knowledge about child safety and provide comprehensive services to support state and local efforts to build capacity and expand the use of evidence-based practices to prevent and respond to child abduction and exploitation. As part of the National Missing Children’s Day ceremony, the U.S. Department of Justice, through its Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, recognizes the extraordinary efforts of individuals, organizations, and agencies that have made a significant contribution to protecting children during the prior calendar year. Award nominations for the 2018 ceremony are no longer being accepted as the submission deadline has passed.
The National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest is a nationwide contest designed to promote awareness among teachers, parents/guardians and children and engage them in discussions about safety. Important information about this contest, including the application and consent and release form, can be found within this packet.
El Concurso del Póster del Día Nacional de los Niños Desaparecidos es un concurso en todo el país diseñado para promover la concienciación entre los maestros, padres/tutores y niños, y para hacerlos participar en discusiones acerca de la seguridad. Dentro de este paquete puede hallarse importante información acerca de este concurso, incluida la solicitud y el formulario de consentimiento y exoneración.