Tragedy and Hope


Today of all days, as our nation grieves for the children of Texas, we need to remember and help find those who are missing. While we unfortunately know where these young ones are, there are many missing ones we may still help find and rescue.

On May 25th, 1983, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the day as National Missing Children’s Day in honor of 6-year-old Etan Patz, who vanished from a New York Street on the way to his school bus on May 25, 1979.

According to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, “National 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.”

Now every year, the nation observes this anniversary and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) shares information and ways that the public can help prevent children from going missing, help bring missing children home, and celebrate the children who have been found.

Some of the resources and activities the NCMEC recommends for the 2022 National Missing Children’s Day include :

  • Learning something new about NCMEC or child safety
  • Sharing something new about NCMEC or child safety with friends, family, and colleagues
  • Sharing the poster of a missing child from your area on social media from
  • Visit to create a video of missing children near you!

You can visit the NCMEC website here at and view galleries of missing children who could use your help. As the NCMEC says, “It only takes one person to bring a missing child home!”