Search the resource directory to find local resources in your area.Search OR
In California, a missing person is someone whose whereabouts is unknown to the reporting party.
Under California law, a missing child is a person 17 years of age or younger. (California Penal Code § 277.)
A Missing Child includes any child who may have run away, been taken involuntarily, or may be in need of assistance. It includes a child illegally taken, held or hidden by a parent or non-parent family member. (California Penal Code §§ 277-280).
There is NO waiting period for reporting a person missing. All California police and sheriffs' departments must accept any report, including a report by telephone, of a missing person, including runaways, without delay and will give priority to the handling of the report.
You can request investigators to enter the child into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) Missing Persons File. There is no waiting period for entry into the NCIC database.
What to do when your child is missing…
According to missingkids.com,
Published by the US Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the following link is a guide written by parents and family members who have experienced the disappearance of a child. It contains their combined advice concerning what you can expect when your child is missing, what you can do, and where you can go for help. It explains the role that various agencies and organizations play in the search for your missing child and discusses some of the important issues that you and your family should consider. Available in English and Spanish.
Special Investigations and Initiatives Unit
Crimes Against Children Unit
935 Pennsylvania Avenue NW.
Washington, DC 20535
FBI Offices in California
FBI Los Angeles
Suite 1700, FOB
11000 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
4500 Orange Grove Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95841
FBI San Diego
9797 Aero Drive
San Diego, CA 92123
FBI San Francisco
450 Golden Gate Ave., 13th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94102
You may be eligible to receive an award if you provided information that led to the discovery of a child.
Go to the Government Claims Program website for details or contact the California Government Claims Board at 1-800-777-9229.
Please use a computer at a safe location because your computer use may be monitored. If you are in danger, please contact 911. Click here for ways to manage your personal information online, as well as tips for following safe browsing procedures.In the event that you need to exit this site quickly, click on the "Escape" button on the top right corner of the navigation bar.
Tips for Using Technology: It is not possible to delete all the “footprints” of your computer or online activities. If you are being monitored, it may be unsafe to change your computer behaviors, like suddenly deleting your Internet history if that is not your regular habit.
If you think you may be monitored on your home computer, be careful how you use your computer since an abuser might become suspicious. You may want to keep using the monitored computer for activities, like looking up the weather or reading the news. Use a safer computer, such as a public computer at your local library, to research escape plans, look for new jobs or apartments, bus tickets, or ask for help.
Email and Instant/Text Messaging are not safe or confidential ways to talk to someone about the danger or abuse in your life. If possible, please call a hotline instead. If you use email or IM, please use a safer computer and an account your abuser does not know about.