In 1983, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed May 25 as National Missing Children's Day. Each year the Department of Justice (DOJ) commemorates Missing Children's Day with a ceremony honoring the heroic and exemplary efforts of agencies, organizations, and individuals to protect children.
In 2000, Attorney General Eric Holder, then serving as Deputy Attorney General, presented the first annual National Missing Children's Day Poster Contest award at DOJ's Missing Children's Day observance.
The Missing Children's Day poster contest provides an opportunity for schools, law enforcement, and other community organizations to engage children and their parents in informative discussions about the problem of missing children and how to prevent it.
View the video below to learn about the history of the National Missing Children's Day poster contest and the importance of having students participate. The presentation provides information on how to participate in the annual contest. The 2007 winner, Rachel Stevenson, shares her experiences on winning the contest and expresses why she believes it is important to raise awareness for missing children's issues.
Winning 2013 Poster
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) extends its congratulations to Esther Jung, a fifth grader from Edwin Rhodes Elementary School in Chino, Calif., received the award as the 14th winner of the Annual National Missing Children’s Day Art Contest.
The theme the contest was "Bring our Missing Children Home." As can be seen in OJJDP's photo gallery of the 2013 state winners, each poster addressed that theme in a manner as unique as the child who created it.