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If Your Child is Missing

  1. Immediately call or go to your local law enforcement agency (police or sheriff) and file a missing person report. When a child is missing there is no waiting period in North Dakota.
  2. Bring the most recent color photograph of the child, along with the child's fingerprints, hair sample, blood type, and physical description including a description of the clothes the child was wearing.
  3. Information about your missing child will automatically be entered into the National Crime Information Center computer's Missing Person File (NCIC-MPF).
  4. Be alert to a teenager or adult who is paying an unusual amount of attention to your children or giving them inappropriate or expensive gifts.
  5. Contact other non-profit missing child organizations and state clearinghouses in adjacent states. Register your missing child and find out what other search assistance and support services they can provide.
  6. Be sensitive to changes in your children's behavior; they are a signal that you should sit down and talk to your children about what caused the changes.
  7. Teach your children to trust their own feelings and assure them that they have the right to say no to what they sense is wrong.