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When A Child Is Recovered

NCMEC's Family Advocacy Division is comprised of a specialized team of master-level trained child and family advocates. FAD assists families; to include birth and kinship families, foster families, and any other type of family-style placements to identify areas of need and find the right community-based resources to address those needs. FAD works with support from a committed network, including mental health providers, crisis intervention services, social service agencies and law enforcement. FAD also coordinates the Family Advocacy Outreach Network, a proactive initiative designed to partner with licensed treatment professionals throughout the U.S. who are able to provide brief, therapeutic intervention or long-term support on a sliding fee scale or at no cost to the families served by NCMEC. A top priority for FAD is to identify community-based resources to prevent future missing and/or exploitation episodes.

Learn more about Victim & Family Support.

NCMEC's Child Sex Trafficking Program Specialist can also assist in various ways, including but not limited to: providing guidance on approach and questions to assist with child sex trafficking identification to allow for the child's access to specialized resources upon recovery; connecting social workers with certain specialized child sex trafficking licensed homes; and working with Interstate Compact coordinators and social workers from the home state to coordinate a child’s release from detention and placement in specialized services once the child is returned home.

REMINDER: In addition to providing the recovered child with the necessary support services, please be reminded to take a photograph of the child upon recovery as well as document any new marks or tattoos.


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