Child Watch of North America
P.O. Box 691782
Missing-Child Clearinghouse Program
Each of the 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico,
U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, and the Netherlands, provides resources for
missing children, their families, and the professionals who serve them.
These resources are referred to as missing-child clearinghouses.
The missing-child clearinghouses are diverse in their delivery of
services because of state and territorial mandates and the variety of
agencies in which they exist. The primary areas of focus for
missing-child clearinghouses are networking, information dissemination,
training development and delivery, data collection, and provision of
technical assistance in cases of missing and sexually exploited
Click here to see a list of missing-child clearinghouses
U.S. Justice Department Sexual Predator Database
The Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW),
coordinated by the U.S. Department of Justice, is a cooperative effort
between Jurisdictions hosting public sex offender registries
(“Jurisdictions”) and the federal government. These Jurisdictions
include the 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam, the District of Columbia, and
participating tribes. This Website is a search tool allowing a user to
submit a single national query to obtain information about sex offenders
through a number of search options.
Click here to view the Sexual Predator Search database
Missing Kids Map
MissingKidsMap.com uses the Google Maps API together with information
from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)
to display a current map of the origins of missing children in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom
(New!). If you rollover the name of the missing child or click on a
marker on the map an information balloon appears with case details on
the missing child. We hope that by presenting the NCMEC information in
this manner this site will contribute to enhancing awareness of
missing children cases in the United States, Canada and the United
Click here to view the map
Statistics – from the National Center for Victims of Crime
In the 17 years since Child Watch was established we have seen a lot
of changes in the search for missing children. Law enforcement has a lot
more experience, improved their training, respond quicker and more
effectively than ten years ago.
Technology has had a significant effect. Parents are more alert and aware. The issue of missing children is on the top
of mind with the American public and yet there are still thousands of
children who do not make it home each year, and even more who fall
victim to sexual exploitation.
An estimated 800,000 children are reported missing each year – more
than 2,000 children every day. An estimated 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 10
boys will be sexually victimized before age 18. Yet, only 1 in 3 will
tell anyone. Clearly much more needs to be done.
According to the United States Department of Justice;
- Less than 2 percent of all violent crimes against juveniles reported to police involve kidnapping.
- There are three distinct types of kidnapping: kidnapping by a
relative of the victim or “family kidnapping” (49 percent),
kidnapping by an acquaintance of the victim or “acquaintance
kidnapping” (27 percent), and kidnapping by a stranger to the
victim or “stranger kidnapping” (24 percent).
- Family kidnapping is committed primarily by parents, involves a
larger percentage of female perpetrators (43 percent) than other
types of kidnapping offenses, occurs more frequently to children
under 6, equally victimizes juveniles of both sexes, and most often
originates in the home.
- Acquaintance kidnapping involves a comparatively high
percentage of juvenile perpetrators, has the largest percentage of
female and teenage victims, is more often associated with other
crimes (especially sexual and physical assault), occurs at homes and
residences, and has the highest percentage of injured victims.
- Stranger kidnapping victimizes more females than males, occurs
primarily at outdoor locations, victimizes both teenagers and
school-age children, is associated with sexual assaults in the case
of girl victims and robberies in the case of boy victims (although
not exclusively so), and is the type of kidnapping most likely to
involve the use of a firearm.
The U.S. Department of Justice reports
- 797,500 children (younger than 18) were
reported missing in a one-year period of time studied resulting in an
average of 2,185 children being reported missing each day.
- 203,900 children were the victims of family abductions.
- 58,200 children were the victims of non-family abductions.
- 115 children were the victims of
“stereotypical” kidnapping. (These crimes involve someone the child does
not know or someone of slight acquaintance, who holds the child
overnight, transports the child 50 miles or more, kills the child,
demands ransom, or intends to keep the child permanently.)
According to the latest online victimization research,
- Approximately one in seven youth online (10 to 17-years-old) received a sexual solicitation or approach over the Internet.
- Four percent (4%) received an aggressive sexual
solicitation – a solicitor who asked to meet them somewhere; called
them on the telephone; or sent them offline mail, money, or gifts.
- Thirty-four percent (34%) had an unwanted exposure to sexual material — pictures of naked people or people having sex.
- Twenty-seven percent (27%) of the youth who
encountered unwanted sexual material told a parent or guardian. If
the encounter was defined as distressing – episodes that made them
feel very or extremely upset or afraid – forty-two percent (42%)
told a parent or guardian.
Research indicates that 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 10 boys will be sexually victimized before adulthood.
Child Watch of North America
P.O. Box 691782