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- Immediately call or go to your local law enforcement agency (police or sheriff) and file a missing person report. When a child is missing there is no waiting period in North Dakota.
- Bring the most recent color photograph of the child, along with the child's fingerprints, hair sample, blood type, and physical description including a description of the clothes the child was wearing.
- Information about your missing child will automatically be entered into the National Crime Information Center computer's Missing Person File (NCIC-MPF).
- Be alert to a teenager or adult who is paying an unusual amount of attention to your children or giving them inappropriate or expensive gifts.
- Contact other non-profit missing child organizations and state clearinghouses in adjacent states. Register your missing child and find out what other search assistance and support services they can provide.
- Be sensitive to changes in your children's behavior; they are a signal that you should sit down and talk to your children about what caused the changes.
- Teach your children to trust their own feelings and assure them that they have the right to say no to what they sense is wrong.