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2018 National Missing Children's Day

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](ncjtc.fvtc.edu/Portals/2/Resources/RS00005807.pdf) 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. There are four [National Missing Children's Day Awards](ncjtc.fvtc.edu/Portals/2/Resources/RS00005807.pdf) that nominations are now being accepted for, and the deadline to submit is January 24, 2018. Additional information about each award and the nomination forms are listed below. * [Missing Children’s Law Enforcement Award](fvtc.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3kDiK4TGx0EqQER) * [Missing Children's Citizen Award](fvtc.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_a9HVNyIYHKPpOD3) * [Missing Children’s Child Protection Award](fvtc.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6DRrE8tnpwfxU4B) * [Attorney General’s Special Commendation](fvtc.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3xbNeniVawgFTp3)


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Missing Children's Day Poster Contest Packet
Missing Children's Day Poster Contest Packet

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.

Poster Contest State Managers Contact List
Poster Contest State Managers Contact List

Poster Contest State Managers Contact List

Missing Children's Day Award Packet
Missing Children's Day Award Packet

In May of each year, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), through its Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), recognizes the extraordinary efforts of individuals, organizations, and agencies that have made a significant contribution to protecting children during the prior calendar year.

2017 Poster Submissions
2017 Poster Submissions

View the 2017 Missing Children's Day Poster Contest Submissions

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