The FDLE Missing Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse Advisory Board (MEPICAB) was created in 1996 to address issues dealing with Florida's missing children. The MCICAB is a diverse mix of law enforcement officials, victim parents, government agencies, missing children non-profit organizations and members of the business community with interest in missing children issues.
The mission of the Missing Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse Advisory Board is to support awareness, education, and training for the prevention, response, and recovery of missing and endangered persons.
The Advisory Board meets quarterly to discuss and implement plans and policies to combat and create an awareness of the large number of children that go missing every year. Board members are chosen by FDLE's Commissioner from around the state, to provide balanced representation of the state of Florida.
The Advisory Board has sub-committees that work on various missing child projects, such as Missing Children Highway Billboards and Florida Missing Children's Day.
Florida Statute 683.23
Florida Missing Children's Day
Florida Missing Children's Day Foundation
A Time of Remembrance, Recognition, and Hope.
As proclaimed by Resolution of the Florida Legislature, the "first ever" Florida Missing Children's Day was held on Monday, September 13, 1999. Each year parents, children, law enforcement officers and citizens convene on the steps of the Old Capitol Building in Tallahassee to remember Florida's missing children who are still missing and those who will never come home again. The Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and FDLE Commissioner are invited as speakers.
The objective of this day is to raise awareness of Florida's currently missing children, to educate the public on child safety and abduction prevention, and to recognize those individuals who have made outstanding contributions in the missing children issue.
There are two main components of this Day: 1) a formal ceremony in remembrance of Florida's past and present missing children and in recognition of those citizens and law enforcement officers who have gone above and beyond in missing children investigations; and 2) a child identification/safety fair in which children will be fingerprinted, photographed and provided with child safety materials for both themselves and their parents.
The second Monday in September of each year has been designated as "Florida Missing Children's Day" by the Florida Legislature. For exact dates and other questions, please contact the Florida Missing Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse at 1-888-356-4774
View the Florida Missing Children's Day video at 2009 Florida Missing Children's Day Video