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Safe Passage To and From School - Keeping Florida's Children Safe

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Missing Children Information Clearinghouse Advisory Board (MCICAB) was created to address issues dealing with Florida's missing children and child safety. The MCICAB is a mix of law enforcement officials, victim parents, government agencies, missing children non-profit organizations and members of the business community with interest in missing children issues. Board members are chosen from around the state, to provide balanced representation of Florida.

For the past 10 years the Advisory Board has meet to discuss and implement plans and policies to combat and create an awareness of the large number of children that go missing every year. Approximately 41,000 missing children were reported to local law enforcement agencies in Florida during the year of 2009 alone.

The MCIC AB publishes a brochure titled "Safe Passage, A Guide How to Keep Safe" that is available for school children. Also, listed below are some of the other MCICAB child safety, public awareness and missing child initiatives:

Internet Safety

The Advisory Board would like to help parents better prepare their children to avoid unsafe situations. For specific safety guidelines, parents, educators, and children can visit the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's Web site at: http://www.missingkids.com. Another excellent resource to help keep children safe while navigating through the Internet is the Netsmartz Workshop. This interactive, educational resource for children ages 5-17 can be used by parents and children alike, and can be accessed at: www.netsmartz.org.

Amber Alert Program

Teachers, parents, and concerned adults are also encouraged to sign up to receive e-mail and/or a text message notification when a child is abducted and an AMBER alert is issued by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. You may register to receive these alerts at: www.missingchildrenalert.com.

Sexual Offender Database Searches

It is always beneficial to be informed about potential risk factors in one's neighborhood. Educators, parents, and guardians are encouraged to visit the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's Sex Offender Registry at: www.Floridasexoffender.net. During travels out of state, the Department of Justice's National Sex Offender Public Registry provides sex offender information for forty-eight states including Florida, and may be accessed at www.nsopr.gov.

Florida Missing Children's Day

Each year the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Missing Children Information Clearinghouse Advisory Board (MCIC AB) commemorates Florida Missing Children's Day at the Florida State Capital.

The ceremony remembers Florida's past and present missing children and recognizes citizens and law enforcement officers who made special effort in missing children cases. We also remember those children whose lives were tragically taken.

For additional information, please contact the Missing Children Information Clearinghouse at 1-888-FL Missing.