MADISON COUNTY IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR MISSING & EXPLOITED CHILDREN COMMEMORATE NATIONAL MISSING CHILDREN’S DAY
(Wampsville, NY) – The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC), in partnership with the Office of the Madison County Sheriff and other County law enforcement agencies will be observing National Missing Children’s Day this year.
May 25th has been observed as National Missing Children’s Day since it was first recognized in 1983. National Missing Children’s Day serves as an annual reminder that there are thousands of children who are still missing and stresses the importance of making child protection a national priority. The Take 25 campaign is a national child safety public awareness campaign created in 2007 by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. The campaign encourages parents to take 25 minutes to talk to their children about safety and ways to prevent abduction. The campaign begins on May 1 and continues through May 25 every year in communities throughout the country.
The Sheriff stated that any person who is aware of a potential child safety issue in our community, or has information that is felt law enforcement should be aware of, are encouraged to reach out to the Sheriff’s Office at (315) 366-2311, or their local police department.
More information on the Take 25 campaign, as well as some pointers for parents, grandparents, aunts or uncles to help start this important conversation can be found on the Sheriff’s Office website, www.madisoncounty.ny.gov/Sheriff.
Every year in America, an estimated 800,000 children are reported missing, more than approximately 2,000 each day. Of that number, it is estimated that 200,000 are abducted by family members and approximately 58,000 are abducted by non-family members. Each year, it is estimated that 115 children are the victims of the most serious abductions; they are taken by non-family members and either murdered, ransomed or taken with the intent to keep. An analysis of attempted abduction cases by NCMEC found that in 84% of cases, the child escaped would-be abductors through their own actions. Teaching children about safety works. It saves lives.
About the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1984. It is the leading nonprofit organization that deals with the issues of missing children and sexual exploitation of children. It operates the national toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST, as well as the CyberTipline which is the national system for reporting suspected sexual exploitation of children. To learn more about NCMEC or to make a donation, visit www.missingkids.com or call 1-800-THE-LOST.