ERIC Number: ED235399
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Sep-16
Reference Count: N/A
Missing Children Act. (Report to Accompany H.R. 6976). House of Representatives, Ninety-Seventh Congress, Second Session. Report No. 97-820.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on the Judiciary.
The Missing Children Act, H.R. 6976, is intended to establish a central repository of information to assist state and local officials in identifying all missing persons, including children. Children are more difficult to identify than adults because they generally do not maintain such common identifiers as drivers licenses or social security numbers, and physical descriptions such as height and weight are quickly out dated. Because there is no uniformly used method of notifying various law enforcement agencies that a child has been reported missing, a child that has been taken across country or state lines may not be found, or if found, not identified. In most cases, parents of missing children receive little support or assistance, and suffer severe emotional and financial hardships when attempting to search for a child on their own. The Missing Children Act provides for use of the FBI's National Crime Information Center (NCIC) as a central information clearinghouse on missing persons. A centralized file containing descriptive information of unidentified deceased individuals will also be maintained. (This report includes a cost estimate of the program by the Congressional Budget Office, a brief history of the bill, and an overview of the legislation. Background information which highlights the need for legislation, and transcripts of testimony from those in favor of the bill are also included.) (WAS)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on the Judiciary.