Missing Children Policy in Korea: A Legislative Model for Korean Code Adam Alert

한국형 코드아담제도 도입을 위한 입법모델 연구

  • 이성용 (계명대학교 경찰행정학과) ;
  • 김학경 (계명대학교 경찰행정학과)
  • Received : 2012.09.13
  • Accepted : 2012.10.17
  • Published : 2012.12.28


In 2003, the US Congress enacted the Code Adam Act of 2003. The Act was so-named in memory of six-year-old Adam Walsh, who was abducted from a Sears department store in Florida and was later found murdered in 1981. According to the Act, the designated authority for a public building must establish procedures for locating a child missing in a federal facility in the USA. In this context, the study basically aims to propose a legislative model for a missing children policy in Korean multi-use facilities, critically analyzing the US Code Adam Act. Unlike the Act, the proposed Korean bill requires all multi-use facilities beyond a certain size, including private buildings, to arrange a feasible missing child procedure on their own premises. The bill can impose an administrative fine on facilities which don't have the procedure in place, and further can make the list of the facilities known to the public. In order to encourage voluntary participation from the private sector, the bill finally suggests the Voluntary Certification Scheme through which participating business can take advantage of the certification logo commercially.


Code Adam;Missing Children;Multi-use Facilities;Public Safety


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