National Missing Children’s Day is a day of remembrance for all the children who have gone missing and a reminder to adults to protect their children. The observance of this day also honors those who have gone above and beyond to protect children. There are measures you can take to ensure the safety of your children.
A few examples are: make online safety a priority complete background checks on caregivers and check references never leave young children unattended in strollers and car seats whenever possible, don’t dress children in clothing with their names on it teach them their address and phone number as young as possible
The observance of National Missing Children’s Day commemorated the date of six-year old Etan Patz’s disappearance and honored missing children everywhere. Etan went missing from his New York City home on his way from the bus to school on May 25, 1979. During the time of his disappearance, cases of missing children rarely gained national media attention. However, Etan’s case quickly received much coverage. Etan’s father, who was a professional photographer, distributed black-and-white photographs of his son to find him. The result was a massive search and media attention that focused the public’s attention on the problem of child abductions and the lack of plans to address them. In 1983, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed National Missing Children’s Day recognizing the hundreds of thousands of children who went missing each year.