Annual 5th Grade Missing Children Poster Contest
Elementary and K-8 Schools

Principal Bulletin Informational

In California alone, a child is reported missing about every 5 minutes equating to more than 100,000 reports taken each year. The U.S. DOJ 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/guardians, are flown to Washington DC to attend the National Missing Children’s Day Ceremony in May.

The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2018.

Everyone, including law enforcement, private citizens and even children are instrumental in returning missing children home to their families, communities and schools.   

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
  • Use materials such as: crayons, markers, paint, pencils, etc.
  • Handcraft the poster’s design. Digitally produced images, collages, cut-outs and stamping are not eligible
  • Submit the poster along with a completed Contest Application and Release and Consent Form
  • Entries must be postmarked by February 1, 2018

Send the poster and the completed application 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.

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: