It takes just one person to help a missing child.

ADAM: Automated Delivery
of Alerts on Missing Children

The ADAM Program quickly distributes missing child posters from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® to specific geographic search areas.
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When kids go missing,
time is of the essence

In 2000, LexisNexis® Risk Solutions partnered with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) to create the ADAM™ Program to help locate missing children as quickly as possible. Our innovative technology is used to quickly distribute posters containing a photo of the missing child and case details to police, news media, schools, businesses, medical centers and individuals within a specific, targeted geographic area.


Help find missing kids in your area

Businesses and individuals can receive these targeted alerts, so get involved and sign up today. You will only receive alerts for missing children in your area. When more people are receiving alerts in a targeted area, the greater the likelihood that someone will recognize the missing child and help NCMEC and authorities track and recover a missing child. Our goal is to increase the number of people receiving alerts, so please join us in the effort to bring missing kids home quickly and safely.
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2023 ADAM Program Impact Report

Did You Know?

  • The ADAM Program was designed and donated to NCMEC by employee volunteers at LexisNexis Risk Solutions, who continue to manage and enhance the program today
  • This program was named in honor of Adam Walsh, who went missing in 1981
  • ADAM alerts rely heavily on the public to be on the lookout for missing children and include a photo and critical details which are geotargeted to specific areas
  • Over 94% of the missing children cases distributed through the ADAM Program since its inception in 2000, are now resolved through photo distribution or other efforts


Hear from members of the ADAM Program Team

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“The ADAM Program enhances our photo distribution efforts by rapidly distributing images and information about missing children to targeted areas. The program is a key component of our recovery efforts.”

Callahan Walsh
Child advocate for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and sibling of Adam Walsh, for whom the program is named.

Learn More About the ADAM™ Program

About 460,000 children go missing every year.

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The ADAM Program Episode on Tomorrow’s World Today


The ADAM Program Brochure

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Missing, Vulnerable and Exploited

How the ADAM Program Works

NCMEC transmits to ADAM

STEP 1: NCMEC sends a photo of a missing child and important case details - including geographic areas to target for poster distribution - to ADAM.
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STEP 2: The ADAM technology matches the geo-targeted area selected by NCMEC with its recipient database, resulting in a list of businesses and individuals who will receive
the missing child poster.
ADAM transmits the data and photo of the missing child to targeted recipients.

STEP 3: ADAM transmits the missing child poster to
targeted recipients.

Sign Up Today

Please complete this form to participate in the ADAM Program and receive email alerts of children missing in your area. Information collected on this form is only used to distribute missing child alerts based on a specific location, and not used for any other purpose.

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