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House Approves Boback’s Resolution Designating May 25 as ‘National Missing Children’s Day’ in Pennsylvania

National Missing Children’s Day has been recognized since 1983

HARRISBURG – In the wake of three young women escaping their captor’s house in Cleveland, where they were trapped for 10 years, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives this week approved a resolution authored by Rep. Karen Boback (R-Luzerne/Wyoming/Columbia) to recognize May 25 as “National Missing Children’s Day” in Pennsylvania.

“The worst nightmare of every parent or caregiver is to envision their child being abducted; however, there are preventative measures to help keep this from happening. Some of those include always knowing the location of their child, never leaving a child alone at home or in the car and keeping alert of people who pay special attention to their child,” said Boback. “If a child is abducted, it is important for the parent to provide the best description of the child, including clothing and jewelry, along with any photos, to law enforcement officials. Nothing should be touched or removed from the child’s room or from the home that might have the child’s fingerprints, DNA or scent.”

As outlined in House Resolution 286, May 25 has been observed as National Missing Children’s Day since it was first recognized in 1983 by President Ronald Reagan. National Missing Children’s Day serves as an annual reminder that there are thousands of children who are still missing across the United States and stresses the importance of making child protection a national priority.

Each year, an estimated 800,000 children are reported missing – more than 2,000 each day. Of that number, it is estimated that 200,000 are abducted by family members and approximately 58,000 are abducted by non-family members. It is also estimated that 115 children are the victims of the most serious abductions; they are taken by non-family members and either murdered, ransomed, or taken with the intent to keep.

According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, there are currently 63 records of missing children in Pennsylvania.

An analysis of attempted abduction cases found that in 84 percent of the cases, the child escaped would-be abductors through their own actions. That’s because teaching children about safety works and saves lives.

In an effort to curb the number of missing children across Pennsylvania and the entire nation, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children created the Take 25 campaign, which raises awareness about children’s safety.  The campaign encourages parents to take 25 minutes to talk to their children about safety and ways to prevent abduction. The campaign began May 1 and continues through May 25 every year in communities throughout the country.

For more information on the Take 25 campaign and tips on how to protect children, visit

Boback’s video remarks on House Resolution 286 can be found on her YouTube channel at For more legislative information, visit her website at

Representative Karen Boback
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact:  Lauren Whetzel
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