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FMCD Contests and Important Links 

2024 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 (FDLE), 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 2024.

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 the Florida Missing Children’s Day ceremony on the Florida Channel or via the web at This event will occur on Monday, September 9, 2024, at 10 a.m. at the Tallahassee Automobile Museum, in Tallahassee, Florida in which the poster selected as the statewide winner will be on display, the statewide essay contest will read their essay, and the national anthem contest winner(s) will sing “The Star Spangled-Banner” at the ceremony. 

The Poster,  Essay, and National Anthem Contest have closed for the 2024 year.

Contest Winner Announcement coming soon

Questions should be directed to FDLE’s Florida Missing Children's Day coordinator by calling 850-739-9223 or emailing


 2023 Previous Contest Winners 

Please join us in congratulating 5th grade student Fabian as Florida's 2023 Poster Contest Winner. His artwork was used in designing the 2023 Florida Missing Children's Day Billboard which is displayed below. 








Please join us in congratulating our 5th grade regional Essay winners for 2023!

Pensacola Region Winner: Isabella

Tallahassee Region Winner: Rilyn

Jacksonville Region Winner: Chloe

Tampa Bay Region: Ayden

Ft. Myers Region Winner: Alexis

Orlando Region: Bianca

Miami Region: Adil

Please join us in congratulating our 5th grade state Essay winner for 2023!

Florida Essay Contest Winner: Isabella

You can read her essay by clicking here.

2023 FMCD Billboard_picked.jpg

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. 

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