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SLIDESHOW: Wednesday marks National Missing Children's Day

(Source: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children) (Source: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)

(WTVM) – Wednesday, May 25 marks National Missing Children’s Day and it encourages parents, and others concerned with the well-being of children to make safety a priority.

Missing Children’s Day also serves as a reminder to continue the efforts to reunite missing children with their families and honor those who are dedicated to reuniting families.

In 2015 there were 460,669 missing children reported to the FBI, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. This includes children who have ran away multiple times a year.

NCMEC assisted law enforcement with more than 13,700 cases of missing children and AMBER Alerts have successfully recovered 816 children including 28 recoveries credited to the wireless emergency alert program.

Organizations like AMBER Alerts and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children help reunite families.

In 1983 president Ronald Reagan proclaimed May 25 as National Missing Children’s Day.

For a slideshow of children who have been missing in the last two years in Georgia and Alabama click here.

For a list of missing children around the U.S. from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children click here

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