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House Commemorates National Missing Children’s Day

On May 19, the House approved, by voice vote, a resolution (H. Res. 1142) recognizing May 25, 2008, as “National Missing Children’s Day.”

Sponsored by Rep. Nick Lampson (D-TX), the resolution contains a number of findings, including:

  •  “National Missing Children’s Day” honors our nation’s obligation to locate and recover missing children by prompting parents, guardians, and other trusted-adult role models to make child safety an utmost priority;
  •  in the United States, nearly 800,000 children are reported missing a year, more than 58,000 children are abducted by non-family members, and more than 2,000 children are reported missing every day; and
  •  Congress’ efforts to provide resources, training, and technical assistance has increased the capabilities of state and local law enforcement to find children and to return them home safely.The resolution “encourages all Americans to join together to plan events in communities across America to raise public awareness about the issue of missing children and the need to address this national problem, recognizes that one of the most important tools for law enforcement to use in the case of a missing child is an up-to-date, good quality photograph, and urges all parents and guardians to follow this important precaution, and acknowledges that “National Missing Children’s Day” should remind Americans not to forget the children who are still missing and not to waver in the effort to reunite them with their families.”
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