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Global Missing Children’s Network

Launched in 1998 by the International Centre of Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC), the Global Missing Children’s Network (GMCN) is a multilingual database featuring photographs of and information about missing children from around the world.

Photographs are one of the most effective tools in recovering missing children. Rapidly distributing a child’s picture can make the difference between a fast recovery and a prolonged search.

How It Works
The GMCN is comprised of websites that feed into a central multilingual database. GMCN members are trained and given access to a website interface, which allows them to:

  • Customize their countries’ websites to meet individual needs.
  • Link to the GMCN and access the database to display information and photographs of missing children in their countries.
  • Create posters quickly and easily using the information entered.

The GMCN also provides technical training for new countries joining the network, as well as training in forensic imaging (age progression) for local investigators.

To date, 22 countries participate in the GMCN:



The Netherlands


New Zealand






South Africa


South Korea




In addition to providing access to a website and multilingual database, GMCN members are able to connect with each other through a secure SharePoint portal to discuss and share best practices, projects, and initiatives to strengthen policies and strategies on missing children.

If you are interested in joining the GMCN, or if you would like more information, please contact us.

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