Each of the 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, and the Netherlands, provides resources for missing children, their families, and the professionals who serve them. These resources are referred to as missing-child clearinghouses.
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) maintains a liaison with each missing-child clearinghouse and helps ensure they are familiar with the many resources available through NCMEC. NCMEC provides missing-child clearinghouses with training, technical assistance, and vital information to better assist them in handling missing-child cases.
The missing-child clearinghouses are diverse in their delivery of services because of state and territorial mandates and the variety of agencies in which they exist. The primary areas of focus for missing-child clearinghouses are networking, information dissemination, training development and delivery, data collection, and provision of technical assistance in cases of missing and sexually exploited children. NCMEC and missing-child clearinghouses closely work together to help ensure a comprehensive approach to child protection.
Created in 1985 by the Louisiana Legislature, LACMEC is the central repository of information about missing and exploited children. Parents, guardians, law enforcement, and National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) provide the clearinghouse with details and photos to send across the state and nation. This information is sent to local law enforcement agencies to assist in the recovery of these missing children.
LACMEC also gives parents and guardians important information on the role they play in helping their children return home and available local and national resources.
Contact your local law enforcement IMMEDIATELY!
Often the first 24 hours are the most critical for locating a missing child.
Louisiana Clearinghouse for Missing and Exploited Children