Tuesday, May 25, 2010

May 25 is National Missing Children Awareness Day

Statistics from the U.S. Department of Justice help shed light on the problem.

Missing children

•An estimated 797,500 children were reported missing each year.1
•More than than 2,000 children are reported missing every day, but thankfully the vast majority of them are recovered quickly.
Non-family abductions

•An estimated 58,200 children were taken in one year by someone outside the family2
•An estimated 115 children experienced a stereotypical kidnapping, the rarest type of abduction potentially posing great risk of serious harm.3
Family abductions

•An estimated 203,900 children were victims of family abduction, where the child was taken by a noncustodial parent.4
•24 percent of these abductions lasted one week to less than one month.5

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