Report A Missing Child

If your child is missing, immediately contact the Lake County Sheriff's Office at 911 or 847-549-5200. 

In addition, Illinois state law requires law enforcement agencies provide contact information and list services offered by the National Center on Missing and Exploited Children and the National Runaway Safeline. Images below link directly to the corresponding websites.

NCMEC

When you call NCMEC, a Call Center specialist will record information about your child. A NCMEC case management team will next work directly with your family and the law enforcement agency investigating your case. They will offer technical assistance tailored to your case to help ensure all available search and recovery methods are used. As appropriate NCMEC case management teams:

Rapidly create and disseminate posters to help generate leads.

  • Rapidly review, analyze and disseminate leads received on 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) to the investigating law enforcement agency.
  • Communicate with federal agencies to provide services to assist in the location and recovery of missing children.
  • Provide peer support, resources and empowerment from trained volunteers who have experienced a missing child incident in their own family.
  • Provide families with access to referrals they may use to help process any emotional or counseling needs.

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Youth and Teens

We are here to support you. Call 1-800-RUNAWAY - 24/7, 365.

WE DON’T JUDGE.

You can expect to share your story with someone who won’t judge or tell you what to do.

WE’RE TRAINED TO HELP YOU.

Each team member has been trained to handle a crisis, provide support and listen to your story.

Parents and Guardians

We are here to support families. Call 1-800-RUNAWAY - 24/7, 365.

PARENTING IS HARD!

Whether you’re having trouble talking to your child or your child has already run, we can help. We will listen and assist you in developing a plan.

WE’RE TRAINED TO HELP YOU.

Each team member has been trained to handle a crisis, provide support and listen to your story.