NAPT MultiView News Brief
April 12, 2011

Remember to Take 25™
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is a private, (501)(c)(3) nonprofit organization created in 1984 to serve as the nation's resource on the issues of missing and sexually exploited children. The organization provides information and resources to law enforcement, parents, children, including child victims, as well as other professionals.

An estimated 800,000 children are reported missing each year — more than 2,000 children every day. The national Take 25™ public awareness campaign, created by NCMEC, asks parents to take 25 minutes sometime during the month of May to talk to their children about safety and abduction prevention. The campaign begins on May 1 and continues through National Missing Children's Day on May 25. The focus of Take 25™ is on prevention and provides those holding events in communities throughout the country with free safety resources including safety tips, conversation starters and engaging activities.

We encourage you to utilize the resources available from NCMEC to contribute to the Take 25™ program: attend an event, give your time, become a corporate partner or make a donation. For more information, please visit www.take25.org/ More

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