The Cause

The tragic abduction and murder of 6-year-old Adam Walsh in 1981, as well as those of Etan Patz and Russel Mort, brought national attention to the issues faced by the families of missing children each year. Local business and community leaders, including Lou and Kathie Bivona and local child welfare agencies, responded by forming the Adam Walsh Child Resource Center in 1984. Located in Rochester, New York, the Adam Walsh Center merged with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in 1990 to become the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children/New York Branch.

What is The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children?

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's (NCMEC/NY) mission is to help prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation; help find missing children; and assist victims of abduction and sexual exploitation, their families, and the professionals who serve them.

NCMEC/NY Offers:

  • Prevention education classes for parents, children, law enforcement, and other professionals
  • Internet safety education through our NetSmartz safety education programming
  • Mandated reporter classes to improve the identification, response and reporting of child abuse
  • Case assistance to law enforcement and families on missing children's cases
  • Poster distribution to targeted areas across the nation based upon investigative leads
  • A state of the art training facility for law enforcement


During 2015 NCMEC/NY:


  • Distributed 451,302 posters of missing children nationwide

  • Assisted law enforcement with more than 1,634 cases of missing children

  • Conducted 683 education programs for 131,703 participants

  • Coordinated 48 electronic child identification programs for 2,580 children and adults

  • Participated in 14 regional conferences providing training for 3,036 professionals