Time to enter Indiana’s 2023 Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest

INDIANA – The Indiana State Police is proud to once again partner with the US Department of Justice in 2023 to sponsor the National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest.

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan declared May 25 as National Missing Children’s Day. This day is dedicated to encouraging parents, guardians, carers and everyone involved in the well-being of children to make child safety a priority. It serves as a reminder to continue our efforts to reunite missing children with their families and loved ones. It also serves as an opportunity to honor those dedicated to this very noble cause.

The National Missing Children Poster Contest provides an opportunity for schools, law enforcement and parents/guardians to discuss and promote child safety.

The state winner will receive a national award certificate from the US Department of Justice and their poster will be selected for the national judging contest. The National Winner, along with his/her parents and teachers, and the Director of State will be invited to Washington, DC to attend the US Department of Justice’s National Missing Children’s Day Ceremony.

Some important facts about the competition:

  • There is NO LIMIT to the number of posters a school can submit.
  • Only one (1) poster per student may be submitted.
  • Students submitting posters MUST be in 5th grade.
  • The artworks should reflect the theme “Bringing Home Our Missing Children”. This phrase MUST appear somewhere on the poster.
  • The subject matter can be represented in the artwork through one or a combination of illustrations and can be created using mediums such as acrylics, watercolors, pencils, charcoal, magic markers, spray paint, colored pencils and pastels. Digitally created images, collages, cutouts and stamps will NOT be considered.
  • The finished poster MUST measure 8 ½ x 14 inches.
  • The poster must be submitted with a COMPLETE application that includes a description of the poster and a brief biography of the artist.
  • All rules of the poster contest can be found here: 2023 Poster Contest Packet.pdf
  • The deadline for submissions from participating organizations to be received by Sergeant Seth Tumey is February 7, 2023.

Submissions should be addressed to:
Indiana State Police Museum
Attn: Sergeant Seth Tumey
8660E21St Street
Indianapolis, IN 46219

If a child is ever missing, contact your local police station or dial 9-1-1. It’s also a good idea to keep a recent picture or cell phone picture and DNA sample of your child. For more safety and prevention tips, go to http://www.in.gov/amberalert/2335.htm.