International Missing Children’s Day is an annual observance that takes place on May 25th, and there are a number of books looking at the issue. The day is dedicated to raising awareness of the issue of missing children and to providing support to families who have lost a child.
The day was first established in 1983 by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in the United States. Since then, it has been adopted by countries all over the world.
On International Missing Children’s Day, people around the world come together to raise awareness of the issue of missing children. They do this by wearing blue ribbons, participating in candlelight vigils, and sharing information about missing children on social media.
These books tell the stories of missing children and the families who never gave up hope. They are all well-written and heartbreaking, but they also offer hope and inspiration.
Nonfiction books on International Missing Children’s Day:
Here are some of the best nonfiction books on missing children:
- Madeleine: Our daughter’s disappearance and the continuing search for her by Kate McCann
- Tears of Rage by John Walsh
- A Stolen Life: A Memoir by Jaycee Dugard
- Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed: A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings by Michelle Burford and Michelle Knight
- Amber Hagerman by Pamela Lillian Valemont
- My Story by Elizabeth Smart
- Highway of Tears: A True Story of Racism, Indifference, and the Pursuit of Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls by Jessica McDiarmid
Some of these books are written by survivors of child abduction and abuse. They are powerful stories of hope in some cases, and incredible resilience on part of parents living through losing a child.
How you can help:
If you are interested in learning more about missing children, there are a number of resources available online. The NCMEC is a great place to start. There is a website with information about missing children, as well as a toll-free hotline that you can call if you have any information about a missing child.
You can also find information about missing children on the websites of local law enforcement agencies. Many law enforcement agencies have websites that list missing children in their jurisdiction. You can also search for missing children on social media. There are a number of groups on Facebook and Twitter that are dedicated to helping find missing children. If you know of a missing child, please contact your local law enforcement agency immediately.
In the UK, check out Missing People online, which is a national charity that exists to ease the heartache experienced by those missing someone, and to help people who are away from home, find their way back to safety.
Every second counts when a child is missing.