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In honor of missing children across the country, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is hosting a poster contest for Colorado 5th-grade students as part of a national campaign sponsored by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ).

Every year the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) takes time to commemorate the valiant and unselfish acts of the many organizations and individuals who bring our missing children home. Since 1983, each year, May 25 has been designated as National Missing Children’s Day.

The poster theme is “Bringing Our Missing Children Home” and will feature the artistic talents of kids throughout the United States. All Colorado posters must be submitted to the CBI by February 10, 2023.  The national office will not accept any entries. The poster representing the state of Colorado will be submitted to the national office.

DOJ will announce the winner at the annual National Missing Children’s Day Ceremony in Washington, D.C. on May 24, 2023. The winner of the national contest, along with his or her teacher and parents, will attend this special ceremony.

In addition to the DOJ ceremony, the CBI will also recognize the top three Colorado students for their winning poster entries at an event next May.

Submit posters to:
CBI Attn: Poster Contest
690 Kipling St. Ste. 4000
Denver, CO  80215

Thousands of children are reported missing in Colorado each year. Law enforcement, citizens, and even children have been instrumental in keeping children safe and returning them home to their families, community, and school.

The complete packet of information – including poster requirements – can be found on the CBI website. One single entry will be submitted to DOJ on behalf of the state of Colorado.

If you have questions or need more information, contact Investigative Analyst Melissa McGaw at 303-239-4227 or

Featured image:  Colorado’s winning poster from 2022, submitted by Kacey May Costa (first place) from the town of Weston.