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Nonprofit Spotlight: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Nonprofit Spotlight: National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

Nonprofit Spotlight
January 4, 2021

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation whose mission is to help find missing children, reduce child sexual exploitation, and prevent child victimization. NCMEC works with families, victims, private industry, law enforcement, and the public to assist with preventing child abductions, recovering missing children, and providing services to deter and combat child sexual exploitation. 

In 2007, Diane Allbaugh and Jan Bullock spearheaded efforts to open the Texas Regional Office of NCMEC to address incidences of missing and exploited children in the state. In 2015, the North Texas office opened with the support of the Dallas Steering Committee and a generous grant from the Rees-Jones Foundation. The Texas Regional Office provides child safety education, specialized law enforcement trainings, and child sex trafficking programs across the state, which include:  

  • Specialized law enforcement and child welfare trainings, free of charge, to professionals seeking to expand their understanding of missing and exploited children’s issues.  

  • NCMEC Texas Regional Office staff partner with local schools to educate all children in age-appropriate ways about staying safer both on and offline. NCMEC staff also provide critical support and resources to the legislatures of Texas and neighboring states in their fight against child exploitation and abductions.  

  • Case managers are dedicated to report missing children to both law enforcement and NCMEC, while serving as an information-hub for the law enforcement, families, and others who may become involved in a case of a missing or exploited child. 

To further support NCMEC’s mission in the recovery of missing children, Atmos Energy team members have volunteered and donated nearly $70,000 since 2015 in support of the following annual events: 

  • 5X5 Art Show: Fundraising event featuring a variety of 5-inch-square art from institutes and well-known community artists.  

  • Texas Ride for Missing Children: Teams of cyclists ride their bicycles to raise awareness of missing children and bring a message of safety to the people they meet along the way. Each cyclist also sets a goal to raise $250 for NCMEC Texas Regional Office programs.  

  • Texas Women for Children Conference: Designed to educate, engage, and empower Texans on abduction and child sexual exploitation. 

  • Texas Heroes for Children Gala: Annual fundraising event that also honors law enforcement who have gone above and beyond to protect children from harm.  

”At Atmos Energy, we take immense pride in fueling safe and thriving communities every day, and we are so grateful to support NCMEC’s extraordinary work to find missing kids, prevent child sexual exploitation, and reduce further victimization,” said Aaron Saenz, Atmos Energy director of governmental and public affairs and former NCMEC Texas Regional Office board member.  “NCMEC’s life-saving efforts are invaluable, and we salute every member of the team for their devoted service.” 

To join the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Texas Regional Office to work together to make our communities a safer place for children, please visit: https://www.ncmectx.org/