The Code Adam Act of 2003 Law and Legal Definition

The Code Adam Act of 2003 requires the designated authority for a public building to establish procedures for a child missing in a federal facility. According to the Act, a child means an individual who is 17 years of age or younger. The federal Code Adam program is administered jointly by the General Services Administration and the Department of Homeland Security Federal Protective Service and applies to facilities that are owned or leased by the government.

The Act is named in the memory of six-year-old Adam Walsh, whose abduction from a Florida shopping mall and murder in 1981 helped to bring child abduction to national attention.

The provisions of the Code Adam Act were later incorporated in the Protect act of 2003.