A missing child or missing children means any child who has run away or is missing from the custody and control of a parent or guardian. It also means any child suspected to be a victim of a kidnapping offense.
Missing Child - Federal
The term “missing child” means any individual less than 18 years of age whose whereabouts are unknown to such individual’s legal custodian.
Missing Person (Adult)
A missing person is an individual over 18 years of age who is either: mentally or physically disabled, is missing under circumstances that indicate his or her safety is endangered, or is missing under circumstances that indicate his or her disappearance was not voluntary.
Maintenance of Effort program related to temporary assistance for needy families (TANF). Maintenance of effort requires a state to spend a certain amount each year on services to needy families.