NATIONAL MISSING CHILDREN’S DAY 2017

National Missing Children’s Day is a day that calls for vigilance and active participation of all citizens against child kidnapping.  Since 1979, more than 50,000 cases of missing children had been reported.  And for every missing child, a family goes through anguish and anxiety for the loss.

When is the National Missing Children’s Day in 2017?

The National Missing Children’s Day is on May 25, 2017, a Thursday.

The National Missing Children’s Day is always observed, in the United States of America, on the 25th day of June each year.

Origin of the National Missing Children’s Day:

The first observance of this special day was in May 25, 1983 as proclaimed by former American President Ronald Reagan.  The date of observance coincides with the date in 1979 when six year old child, Ethan Paz, a resident of New York, disappeared on his way to school.

The series of child abductions in the succeeding years resulted to the creation of the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children.  It is this group that spearheads the annual observance of the National Missing Children’s Day.  In 2001, Ethan Paz had been declared dead as he was never found despite efforts of the government, family and community members.

The Purpose of the National Missing Children’s Day:

The observance of this sad day is dedicated to finding solutions on the problem of children snatching.  Activities undertaken are geared towards:

  • Raising attention to the threat of children being snatched away;
  • Showing of support and assistance to the family of the missing children; and,
  • Informing families on methods to keep their children away from harm.

Observance of the National Missing Children’s Day:

The National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children came up with an initiative called “Take 25.”  On this day of vigilance, parents, custodians and educators are encouraged to spend 25 minutes talking to children on the importance of their safety.  This day is also best for organizing and/or joining local watch groups.

Another is extending help in finding missing children in the community.  This may involve preparing posters with the child’s picture and contact number of the family.  Another way is by volunteering to post these posters on areas of high visibility.  It would also be nice if neighbours visit the family of missing children to show support.

When is the National Missing Children’s Day in 2018?

The National Missing Children’s Day is on May 25, 2018, a Friday.