(WAFF) - Thousands of children across the country remain missing.
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children wants to spread the message that public involvement does help in returning many children to their homes.
Monday is Missing Children's Day. The purpose is to raise awareness about the issue and encourage people to help.
According to the NCMEC website, 25 Alabama children are still missing to date.
Officials say people should not be afraid to get involved. They say they couldn't find as many children as they have without help from the public.
"We have a recovery rate of more than 97 percent today," said Bob Hoever with the NCMEC. "That's thanks to the rapid response of law enforcement and the public's participation and engagement in these types of issues."
Hoever says when a child goes missing, they want to move as fast as possible. Law enforcement responds quickly to get the information out to the public.
The FBI has a "Child ID" app, which helps you log identifiable information about your child that you can easily send to officials in the event of an emergency.