National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

(NCMEC) A private, nonprofit center that provides assistance to parents, children, law enforcement, schools, and the community in recovering missing children and raising public awareness about ways to help prevent child abduction, molestation, and sexual exploitation. It was founded in 1984 by John Walsh, whose six-year-old son Adam was abducted in Florida in 1981.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) has worked on more than 85,500 cases of missing and exploited children, helped recover more than 68,900 children, and raised its recovery rate from 60 percent in the 1980s to more than 93 percent today.

Today the NCMEC staff of 220 analyzes data at its headquarters utilizing state-of-the-art technology, highly trained professionals, and committed staff, interns, and volunteers. John Walsh continued his work to fight for victimized children and to catch criminals through Fox's television program America's Most Wanted: America Fights Back, which began in 1988.

National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities One of the centers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that collects, analyzes, and distributes data on birth defects and developmental disabilities, including information on causes, incidence, and prevalence. The center conducts research on preventing defects and disabilities and provides information on prevention activities.

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