National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Resources: From Searching Strategies to Recovery Planning and How These Factors Can Increase Survivor Engagement

Room: Sundance - Lobby Level

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Between 2013 and 2017, NCMEC saw a 343% increase in reports of children missing from care. By 2022, 81% of missing children reported to NCMEC were missing from care. Data collected in 2022 also shows that 1 out of 6 missing children reported to NCMEC who had run away were likely victims of child sex trafficking. Data trends show that children missing from care are at an even higher risk for experiencing multiple endangerments, including child sex trafficking.   Therefore, child welfare, foster parents, residential care professionals and law enforcement are increasingly on the front lines of coordinating care, services, and emergency response for survivors of child sex trafficking. This presentation will include information about NCMEC resources that can be accessed when missing children are reported. providers. As the individuals who often first engage with youth post-recovery, placement providers can play a critical role in preventing running behavior and breaking the cycle of revictimization for survivors of trafficking. This presentation will provide practical lessons in developing proactive recovery and response plans focused on increasing rapport, youth engagement, and understanding and reducing running behavior for missing children who are being sex trafficked.



Must attend In-Person & Complete Evaluation

In Person: NASW & Attendance – 1.5 CEs

Virtual LIVE: No certificates available – not livestreamed 

Virtual Recorded: No certificates available – not recorded

Session Evaluation


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