National Missing Children’s Day Poster
Elementary, K-8 Schools

Principal Bulletin Informational

Each year there are more than 100,000 reports of missing children in California.  Law enforcement, citizens and even children are instrumental in returning missing children home to their families, communities and schools.

The U.S. Department of Justice sponsors a national poster contest to raise awareness and bring attention to children who have been recovered, as well as the children who are still missing.  The winner of the national contest, along with his or her teacher and parents, are flown to Washington DC to attend the National Missing Children’s Day Ceremony in May.

To participate in the contest, students must:

- Be in the fifth grade

- Complete a poster size 8 ½ x 14 inches

- Include the phrase “Bring Our Missing Children Home” somewhere on the poster

- Handcraft the poster’s design.  Digitally produced images, collages, cut-outs, and stamping are not eligible

- Use materials such as: crayons, markers, paint, pencils, etc.

- Submit the poster along with a completed Contest Application and Release and Consent Form

- Entries should be postmarked by January 13, 2016.

The poster and application should be sent to:

California Department of Justice
Missing Children Clearinghouse
4949 Broadway, Room B-216
Sacramento, CA 95820

Each state’s Missing Children Clearinghouse will select a winner and submit the winning state poster to the U.S. DOJ for final judging. California placed second in last year’s National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest!  Let’s make it another great year!

If you have any questions or need additional information, please send an email to Sample lesson plans and materials for educators are available on-line at: