Artwork by Jean L., California, 1st Place National Winner
2020 National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest


The National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest is administered annually by the Department of Justice, with an award ceremony held each year on or around May 25th to commemorate National Missing Children’s Day. The National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest submission and voting for the State of Texas is administered by Texas Center for the Missing.

The contest is open to all 5th graders across the state of Texas, with State level judging occurring in mid-Spring.  The Texas 1st Place Winner will receive a framed copy of their artwork, and will have their poster submitted to the National level for judging.  The single national winner, his/her parents, and a teacher will be flown to Washington, D.C., for the awards ceremony in May each year (National Winner Award details are pending as of 11/20/23).

Important Contest Dates for the
2024 National Missing Children’s Day
Poster Contest:

November 2023 – Contest Kick-Off

February 2, 2024 – Texas Submissions Due! Mail to:
Texas Center for the Missing
2500 Bolsover Street, Houston, TX 77005

February 12, 2024 – Texas Poster Winner Notified

April 2024 – National Poster Winner Notified

To see prior winners’ artwork at the National Level, visit here!

For additional information or questions, contact us at or 713.986.3542.


Use the Poster Contest Activity Guide Year Round

Educators are encouraged to incorporate the Poster Contest Activity Guide into their safety curriculum in January in honor of Amber Alert Awareness Day on January 13th each year.  The Poster Contest Activity Guide can be used year round, and is suitable for educators, community organizations, or religious groups to get children talking about their own safety.

Download the Poster Contest Discussion Guide now!


Texas State Winners for the National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest

2021 1st Place Poster
Claire Ki

2020 1st Place Poster
Enielys Garcia

2019 1st Place Poster
Ella Wang

2018 1st Place Poster
Perri Newton

2017 1st Place Poster
Xavier Gonzalez
2016 1st Place Poster
Fantasia Martinez
1st PlaceEdited
2015 1st Place Poster
Alexis Alvarado
1st place 2014 LOMO
2014 1st Place Poster
Anna Eligio
2013 Poster LOMO
2013 1st Place Poster
Kylie Stanely
2012 Poster LOMO
2012 1st Place Poster
Ashley Kim
2011 Poster LOMO
2011 1st Place Poster
Stephany Villagomez-Tamayo
2010 Poster LOMO
2010 1st Place Poster
Lillian Hollins