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Child Watch of North America
P.O. Box 691782
Orlando , FL , 32869
Phone: 407-290-5100




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 children.

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 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 Kingdom.

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
Orlando , FL , 32869
Phone: 407-290-5100