Just imagine … you’re scrolling through the posters of missing children on our website, missingkids.org, and then suddenly, you recognize one of the faces staring back at you.
You are shocked to find an age progressed image that looks like YOU.
If you never knew you were a missing child, imagine how you would feel!
That’s exactly what happened to Steve Carter.
And his story shows us why you can change lives by supporting NCMEC.
You see, Steve was born Marx Barnes. But when he was just a few months old, Steve and his mother went missing. Steve ended up in an orphanage, but under a different name and his true identity was never known. He was adopted and raised by two loving parents and spent the next 34 years unaware that he was ever reported as a missing child.
But here’s the most amazing part.
Our forensic artists used a photo of Steve at 3-months-old and photos of each of his parents at 20 years old to create an age-progressed image of what Steve would look like as an adult.
Their rendering was so accurate that Steve says when he saw it, “It took my breath away.”
Time and again, NCMEC’s age-progressed images have increased publicity relating to missing child cases, including long-term missing cases like Steve’s.
Steve is now reconnecting with his birth father and sister and told us that he feels, “really blessed that you’ve done the work you’ve done.”
As Steve knows firsthand, your support is such an essential part of each successful reunion. And with so many families still searching for their child, I urge you to make a very special donation today.
Robert Lowery, Jr.
Vice President, Missing Children Division
P.S. The longer a child is missing the more their appearance changes. That’s why age progressed images can help raise awareness in our search for missing children. Please help support our efforts to help find missing children by making a contribution right now.
I just received this email, and want to share it with Our Circle. Due to the date, I felt this should be shared immediately, so all of you could take advantage of the release of this beautiful stamp.
Together We Can Help Stamp Out Missing Child Cases
National Missing Children’s Day — May 25 — is taking on added meaning this year thanks to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s long-standing partners, Valassis and the U.S. Postal Service.
They’re helping us get the word out about our commitment to reunite missing children with their families by issuing a new “Forget-Me-Not” stamp featuring the phrase “Help Find Missing Children.”
Designed by Ethel Kessler, this striking stamp features a photograph by Harald Biebel showing a small bouquet of forget-me-nots with a lone flower off to the side to represent the child who has been separated from their loved ones and needs our help.
This special stamp will be issued on May 18 as part of the U.S. Postal Service’s Forever series which provides First-Class postage in perpetuity. And it reminds us that we will never forget and never stop searching for any missing child.
Sadly, there are new cases of missing children every day. These children and their families are counting on us. And we know the support and hope we provide simply wouldn’t be possible without friends like you who contribute so generously to our cause.
I urge you to join me in applauding the U.S. Postal Service for their ongoing efforts to help us assist law enforcement in searching for missing children. I also hope you will accept my deepest gratitude for your personal commitment to reuniting missing children with their families.
Sincerely, Robert Lowery, Jr. Vice President, Missing Children Division
We Are OUR CIRCLE, a group of individuals with similar values; but we all have one very important thing in common:
All Children deserve an equal chance to be Loved, Cared For, Have A Proper Diet, andKnow That They Are Safe; and as they grow be taughtHonor, Truth, Respect, Responsibility, andDutyin regard to themselves, others, and as young future citizens.
Every day we see the same people and Organizations working tirelessly, with a selfless devotion for Our Children. We are not associated with any of these Organizations, however, they have Our Admiration, Respect, and Support.
We hope each and everyone of Our Followers will remember and consider helping these fine people as they help the Children, Our Children, who are the future of this world:
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Ark of Hope for Children, The Family Place, Operation Underground Railroad, ChildHelp.org, and ASPCC.