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The Kentucky Missing and Exploited Children Unit was organized in 1984 to create a centralized clearinghouse to assist law enforcement agencies to locate and return missing children to their homes. The Unit's mission is to disseminate information, provide technical assistance in the investigation of such cases, and offer training for the investigation of missing person cases. It also acts as a liaison between the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and agencies within Kentucky.

This page is designed to provide safety tips to parents, give direction for those whose child is missing, and offer links to the web site of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. This origination provides a centralized clearinghouse for data on missing children.

Teach your children Click here for more information

Beginning at age 2, children should be taught:

Tips for Parents Click here for more information

Tips for Prevention Click here for more information

Look for Warning Signs Click here for more information

Often, it is difficult to distinguish trouble signs with the usual adolescent turmoil. But when real problems are in the making, the signs usually come in clusters. Observance of these signs should cause concern - rather than undue alarm:

Locating a Runaway Click here for more information

It is very important for parents to remain calm and rational when they discover that their child has run away. Do not panic or lose sight of the immediate task at hand - to locate the runaway and return him or her safely to home.

The first 48 hours are the most important in locating the child. Many runaways return home during this two-day period. To help locate your runaway child, follow these steps immediately:

When a Runaway Returns Home Click here for more information

When your child returns home, make sure to show love and concern for his or her safety - NOT anger or fear. If you react angrily, your child may feel unwanted and unloved and may run away again as soon as possible.

Please make sure that your child understands that you care about what happens to him or her. Promptly notify police and anyone else who may have assisted you.

If your child has been away for an extended period of time, a complete medical examination is recommended when he or she returns home, including tests for sexually transmitted diseases.

Most importantly, try to resolve the problems in your family that prompted your child to leave home in the first place. In general, children run away because of problems or stresses in the family or at home - such as divorce, remarriage, alcoholism and other drug abuse, and physical or sexual abuse.

If you are unable to deal with the family problems effectively, seek the assistance of a trained counselor or professional. Parents can contact the local Department of Social Services, Family Services, or other public or private agencies that help families.

Members of the clergy, school personnel, or the law enforcement community can also direct you to available services and resources. It may be necessary for your child to go to a temporary residence or runaway shelter while the family works toward resolving its problems. A trained counselor can help you make this decision.

Reporting a Missing Child Click here for more information

Call the Kentucky State Police at

1-800-222-5555 (in the state of Kentucky only, does not work out of state)

Or contact your local Kentucky State Police post or your local law enforcement agency.

More Information Click here for more information

Contact the Kentucky Missing and Exploited Children Unit:

800-543-7723 (between the hours of 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday)

You can email the Kentucky Missing and Exploited Children Unit by following this link.



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