May 25th is a day to remember Missing Children. Every year thousands of children are reported missing. The first National Missing Children's Day was established in 1983 when President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the day. The 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 reminds us all to continue our efforts to find these missing children and bring them back to their families.
It only takes a moment for a child to disappear. I have had the scare happen a time or two only to find our children in the store in the next aisle or so. There are a few things that you can do to help your child from going missing.
First, sit down and talk to your children about safety and what they should do. Find out more on how to have that discussion here
Give your time to be an advocate. When I was a kid there were homes with blue stars on the windows. These homes were ones we could go to and be safe there. Today, you can invite friends, schools, community organizations and businesses to learn more about child safety issues and be there for the kids. Helping to remind individuals about the missing children by displaying their photos or volunteer to help with the searches.
Have no time or ability to help in that manner then you may choose to donate money to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's programs and services. Pat attention to amber alerts and stay aware.