Wisconsin Clearinghouse for Missing and Exploited Children and Adults
1-800-THE-HOPE :: 17 W. Main St. Madison, WI :: wimissingpersons@doj.state.wi.us

Services and Resources

Law Enforcement

  • Provides technical, analytical and investigative assistance to law enforcement agencies in cases involving missing and/or exploited children and adults.
  • Functions as a central repository to coordinate, compile, analyze, exchange and disseminate information on missing and exploited children and adults.
  • Assists with cases involving child pornography, child enticement and other incidents of child exploitation on the Internet, and collaborates with 45 federally funded Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces.
  • Conducts searches through the Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (VICAP).
  • Networks with the U.S. Department of State and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) International Child Abduction Unit to locate abducted children.
  • Actively participates as a member of I-SEARCH (Inter-State Enforcement Agencies to Recover Children Council), a network of 13 Midwestern states.
  • Maintains access to a nationwide computer network among state clearinghouses and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), used to share information in order to expedite the dissemination of leads and investigative resources to help assist in the search for missing and exploited children.


  • Assists victim families in searching for missing and/or exploited children and adults.
  • Maintains photographs of Wisconsin’s missing children and adults on the Department of Justice's website: www.missingpersons.doj.wi.gov.
  • Creates and disseminates posters of missing children and adults regionally, statewide and/or nationwide.
  • Maintains a toll-free hotline (1-800-THE-HOPE) for obtaining information regarding available resources and services.
  • Provides information and referrals.
  • Assists victims and their families in securing services from other agencies.
  • Helps obtain financial assistance to reunite missing children with parents/guardians.

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Education and Public Awareness

  • Helps create and maintain public awareness regarding issues involving missing and exploited children and adults.
  • Educates law enforcement and the public in prevention and intervention.
  • Presents training programs for law enforcement officers responsible for investigating missing and exploited cases.
  • Presents training programs to schools and community groups.
  • Participates in law enforcement community safety fairs and other community events.
  • Disseminates educational literature.

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