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The Third National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway, and Thrownaway Children

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $1,000,000)

The purpose of this research project is to replicate the critical design components of NISMART-2 to support accurate trend analyses. NISMART-3 will provide updated information on the national incidence of missing children, their characteristics, and the events that cause them to become missing and to measure changes since NISMART-2. This will assist law enforcement and community service providers in shaping their future responses and prevention policies. NISMART-3 will include four national studies: a household survey of parents and other primary caretakers, a household survey of youth, a survey of juvenile residential facilities, and a law enforcement study. Together, these studies will assess the incidence of episodes that cause children to become missing: family abductions, nonfamily abductions (including stereotypical kidnappings), runaway/thrownaway events, lost or injured situations, and benign missing misunderstandings. Additionally, the study will identify the incidence of children who qualify as missing and the numbers recovered. CA/NCF

Date Created: September 12, 2010