TOPEKA – (May 24, 2016) – On the eve of National Missing Children's Day, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is reminding Kansas parents to talk to their children about ways to stay safe.
“Communication is key to giving our children the tools to stay safe,” said Schmidt, who noted that National Missing Children's Day is observed May 25 each year. “It is important to regularly take time to review safety plans and remind our kids of ways to stay safe.”
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) maintains a list of children missing from Kansas. That database can be accessed at www.missingkids.org. Anyone with information about the whereabouts of any of these missing persons should contact a law enforcement agency or call 1-800-KS-CRIME. Information about missing children also can be reported to NCMEC at 1 (800) THE-LOST (800-843-5678). The NCMEC list currently includes the names, photographs and other information about 33 children missing from Kansas.
Schmidt also reminded parents of the importance of keeping identifying information on children up-to-date in the event a child does become missing. Having an identity kit with the child’s fingerprints, height, weight, and a current photo can make it easier to quickly locate a missing child.
The Kansas Attorney General’s Office is the coordinating agency for the state’s Amber Alert Program, which was established in 2002. The statewide alert system is used to deter potential abductors and quickly mobilize citizens to contact authorities with helpful information when an alert is issued. Kansans can sign up to receive Amber Alerts by email by visiting www.ksamber.org. To receive alerts on Facebook, “like” the Kansas Amber Alert Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AMBERalert . The Amber Alert system is used only in the case of child abductions and not in other cases involving missing children.
In January, Schmidt announced the launch of a redesigned Kansas Amber Alert website, www.ksamber.org and a new Kansas Amber Alert Twitter account, @ksamberalert. Schmidt said the information on the new website is now presented in a more user-friendly and visually appealing format.
May 25 was first designated as National Missing Children’s Day by President Ronald Reagan in 1983. It serves as an annual reminder of the efforts to reunite missing children with their families.
To access the list of the 33 missing children from Kansas, go to www.missingkids.org/search . In the box on the right of the page choose “Missing From,” select Kansas, then submit.