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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 and Essay Contest have closed for the 2024 year.

National Anthem Contest

The Florida Missing Children's Day Foundation presents the 2024 National Anthem Contest for Florida Missing Children's Day. All children in 1st thru 8th grade are invited to participate.  Applicants may sing solo or in a group up to 3 individuals. The winner(s) of this contest will be invited to attend and sing the National Anthem at Florida Missing Children's Day on Monday, September 9, 2024, at the Tallahassee Automobile Museum in Tallahassee, Florida.

To be considered for the contest, you must upload your application and video/link to video singing the first verse of the National Anthem. The deadline for this contest is Wednesday, May 1, 2024.

​Important Note: If you are selected as the state winner, prize is contingent on singing at Florida Missing Children's Day on Monday, September 9, 2024. The winner is expected to sing the first verse of the National Anthem at the beginning of the ceremony. The state winner will receive a $150 dollar check, signed certificate with the Florida Governor's signature, 1 hotel night stay in Tallahassee on Sunday, September 10th, reimbursement for 1 vehicle's worth of gas at the state contract rate, and 2 individual meal reimbursement at the state contract rate. Please note that if a group participates, the prize, hotel reimbursement and meal reimbursement will be split between winners.  Winner families will be expected to pay the difference.


2024 National Anthem Contest Flyer

2024 National Anthem Contest Application - REQUIRED


If you have any questions regarding the contest. Please do NOT send them to this account. This account will only be checked when contest closes. Questions should be directed to FDLE’s Florida Missing Children's Day coordinator by calling 850-739-9223 or emailing Applications and videos sent to the email account will NOT be considered.



 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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