This list includes terms and classifications given to missing children’s cases. The classifications used are dependent on the circumstances in which the child vanished under (kidnapping, runaway, catastrophe, etc)
Non-Family Abduction: This term or classification is given to a missing child case where the circumstances indicate that they were abducted by someone who is not related to them or that they were abducted by a stranger who is not known to the child whatsoever. Foul play is largely suspected in these types of cases.
Family Abduction: This classification is used for a case in which a child is abducted by a non-custodial family member. The child is usually believed to have been taken out of the area (state, country, etc) they disappeared from and a warrant is usually sent out for the family members arrest.
Endangered Missing: The default classification for missing children under the age of 17. The classification is also used for cases where the circumstances indicate that the missing child may be in danger or that foul play is involved
Lost, Injured Missing: This term is used for a child who vanished under circumstances that suggest they got into a catastrophe or accident. The child is usually presumed deceased and foul play is not suspected in these types of cases
Endangered Runaway: The classification used for missing children under the age of 19. The classification is assigned to a case where the circumstances suggest that the child left voluntarily with the intent of possibly starting a new life
Hague Case: This classification is used for children who were taken by a family member from their home country to another country. The parent/guardian of whom the child was taken from fan sign a Hague Treaty which orders the return of the child to the country he/she was taken from
Missing: This classification is given to children who are 18 and above who are missing under unknown circumstances. Classification will typically change once more is known about the case it’s given to