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.



The Capital Region Office of The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children was opened in the summer of 2011 following four years of successful local fundraising and volunteer efforts. The office serves the children, families and professionals of the 11 counties of the Capital Region, including Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren and Washington counties. We have also served Dutchess and other counties as needed. The New York State branch serves the entire state, and together we had boots on the ground within two hours of notification that the two Amish sisters were missing in August of 2014, a case that resolved with their safe return. 

The local office provides abduction and sexual exploitation prevention education programs for parents, children, law enforcement, and other professionals; Netsmartz Internet and Real World safety education programs for children (grades K -12) and parents, (including state-of-the-art “train the trainer” program for educators); and expert training for law enforcement and professionals serving missing and exploited children. You will often see us at local fairs and other public events with our free Child ID services. Please contact us if you would like to arrange a free program for your school, business, or community. 


To report a child missing or if you believe you have seen a missing child, call NCMEC toll-free 24 hours a day at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678).

We offer several educational and support programs here in the Capital Region. All of our programs are free of charge, which is why our fundraising efforts are so important. Please visit our news and donate pages to find out how you can help support vital programming right here in the Capital Region, such as: Child Safety & PreventionNetSmartzChild IDLaw Enforcement TrainingVictim and Family SupportTeam HOPE; and The Ride for Missing Children Greater Capital District.

The following links will direct you to additional resources within the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children community: If Your Child Goes MissingCyberTipline; and Amber Alerts.