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Help search for missing children

Once a week across the United States, thousands of U.S. Postal Service letter carriers deliver special mail that often represents the last hope for families searching for their missing children. And to date, thanks to a strong private-sector/public-sector partnership, the power of direct mail, and the help of people like you, 143 missing children have been found and safely returned to their homes.

ADVO Inc., one of the largest direct mail companies in the world, launched the “America’s Looking For Its Missing Children” program in 1985, in partnership with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and the Postal Service. ADVO’s “Have You Seen Me?” ads, featuring photographs of missing children and critical information about them, are delivered each week along with accompanying advertising mail to up to 75 million households.

In addition, when the NCMEC sends a report of a missing child, the Postal Service distributes a photo and related information by fax for posting within 24 hours in post office lobbies and in processing and distribution facilities. The Postal Service also publishes photos and information in the Postal Bulletin, an official publication distributed to all Postal Service facilities and subscribers.

You can help. Keep an eye out for “Have You Seen Me?” ads and for the missing children shown. If you spot one of the children depicted, please call the NCMEC at 800-THE-LOST (800-843-5678).

For more information on the “America’s Looking For Its Missing Children” program, go to www.missingkids.com or www.advo.com.

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