Last night, John Walsh, on America’s Most Wanted (AMW), made a curious comment about missing children. He stated the FBI has 800,000 active missing children cases making it a point to distinguish them from missing adults. The statement wasn’t clarified in terms of whether they were family abductions; endangered runaways; non-family abductions; and lost, injured, or otherwise missing children. While it is a cumulative number covering an unspecified time frame, coincidentally there are in excess of 800,000 children reported missing each year according to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).
If there are that many active missing children cases, why are there “only” 2,707 children listed at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), an organization he help start?
He also mentioned in a story about missing Kyle Fleischmann , in 2007, Kyle’s family and friends formed The Kyle Fleischmann Foundation(KFF), a charitable and educational foundation that uses donated funds to help families find other missing adults.
Ironically, there was no mention of the National Center for Missing Adults(NCMA) which is sorely lacking in funds due to the failure of the U.S. Congress to re-authorize funding the past few years.
The National Center for Missing Adults (NCMA) is a division of Nation’s Missing Children Organization, Inc. (NMCO) – a 501c (3) non-profit organization working in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs.
The National Center for Missing Adults (NCMA) was formally established after the passage of Kristen’s Law (H.R. 2780) by the 106th United States Congress on October 26th, 2000 (S11181). As directed by H.R. 2780, NCMA operates as the national clearinghouse for missing adults, providing services and coordination between various government agencies, law enforcement, media, and most importantly – the families of missing adults. NCMA also maintains a national database of missing adults determined to be “endangered” or otherwise at-risk.
The reason this is being mentioned on a blog about missing children is because of a recent post about David Goldman and his son Sean; “Fighting for Sean“. The number one question asked concerning his plight, “why isn’t the government helping him in his fight“?
Equally important is why aren’t they helping in all missing person cases? Afterall, Nanci Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, served as a member of the ” The Missing And Exploited Children’s Caucus“.