The Department shall establish a State Missing Persons Clearinghouse as a resource to promote an immediate and effective community response to missing children and may engage in, but shall not be limited to, the following activities:
     (a) To establish and conduct programs to educate parents, children and communities in ways to prevent the abduction of children.

Terms Used In Illinois Compiled Statutes 325 ILCS 40/3

  • State: when applied to different parts of the United States, may be construed to include the District of Columbia and the several territories, and the words "United States" may be construed to include the said district and territories. See Illinois Compiled Statutes 5 ILCS 70/1.14

     (b) To conduct training programs and distribute materials providing guidelines for children when dealing with strangers, casual acquaintances, or non-custodial parents, in order to avoid abduction or kidnapping situations.
     (c) To compile, maintain and make available data upon the request of law enforcement agencies and other entities deemed appropriate by the Department to assist enforcement agencies in recovering missing children, including but not limited to data regarding the places of shelter commonly used by runaway children in a requested geographical area.
     (d) To draft and implement plans for the most efficient use of available resources to publicize information regarding missing children.
     (e) To establish and maintain contacts with other state missing persons clearinghouses, law enforcement agencies, and missing persons non-profit organizations in order to increase the probability of locating and returning missing children, and to otherwise assist in the recovery and tracking of missing children.
     (f) To coordinate the tracking and recovery of children under the custody or guardianship of the Department of Children and Family Services whose disappearance has been reported and to produce an annual report indicating the number of children under the custody or guardianship of that Department who have been reported missing and the number who have been recovered.
     (g) To conduct other activities as may be necessary to achieve the goals established by this Act.