FMCD Contests and Important Links 

Poster, Essay, and National Anthem Contest

The National Missing Children’s Day poster contest sponsored by the United States’ Department of Justice’s Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Office, the essay contest sponsored by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Florida Department of Education, and the Florida Missing Children’s Day Foundation, and the National Anthem Contest sponsored by the Florida Missing Children’s Day Foundation are to be held in 2023.

The goal of these contests and events is to provide teachers, families and communities with the opportunity to discuss ways for children to stay safe from abduction. Students are invited to watch Florida Missing Children’s Day live on Monday, September 11th, 2023, at the Capitol Courtyard in Tallahassee, at 10 a.m. on the Florida Channel or via the web at You may also visit the Florida Missing Children’s Day Foundation website by clicking  to find pictures and video links from past Florida Missing Children’s Day ceremonies. The  statewide poster contest winner's poster will be on display, the statewide essay contest winner will read their essay, and the national anthem contest winner will sing “The Star Spangled-Banner” at the ceremony.

Poster Contest

Please join us in participating in the poster contest for 2023. The state-wide poster contest winner will have their poster made into a billboard that will be shown around the state. In addition, the state-wide poster winner will receive a prize on Florida Missing Children’s Day. Please click below to download the poster contest flyer and the 40th Annual Poster Contest Packet. We are looking forward to the poster contest submissions.

Poster Contest Flyer

40th Annual Poster Contest Packet

The deadline for the Poster Contest is Monday, February 6th, 2023.


Essay and National Anthem Contests

Contest rules and submission deadline are upcoming.

Important Links

The Missing Endangered Person Information Clearinghouse (MEPIC):                       website

MEPIC is the central repository of information regarding missing endangered persons in Florida. MEPIC assists law enforcement agencies and Florida's citizens in finding missing persons by providing analytical services and engaging the public in the search. MEPIC is responsible for releasing all AMBER Alerts, Missing Child Alerts, Enhanced Missing Child Alerts. and State Silver Alerts in Florida. Sign up for Alerts by clicking here.

National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs):                                      website

NamUs is a national information clearinghouse and resource center for missing, unidentified, and unclaimed person cases across the United States. Resources are provided at no cost to law enforcement, medical examiners, coroners, allied forensic professions and family members of missing persons. 

Florida's Sexual Offenders and Predators Search (SOPS)                                             website

SOPS contains public record information on sexual offenders and sexual predators under Florida law because of a conviction for a sex-related crime

Florida Unidentified Decedents Database (FLUIDDB)                                                   website

A central clearinghouse for family, friends, or law enforcement searching for a missing person. FLUIDDB contains information about people who have been found deceased in Florida and whose identities remain unknown.

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)                                    website

The nation's clearinghouse and reporting center for all issues related to the prevention of and recovery from child victimization.