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May 18, 2015


by PBUnitedWay

bring our missing children home on missing dayAMBER: America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response is named in honor of 9-year old Amber Hagerman who was kidnapped in Texas while riding her bike, and was brutally murdered.

The most recent national survey estimated that nearly 800,000 children are reported missing in a given year. One of the major risks these missing children face is sexual exploitation. Nearly half of the 58,200 children, who were abducted, were sexually abused.

76% of abducted children who are murdered are dead within 3 hours of being abducted and 89% are dead within 24 hours.

AMBER Alerts are broadcast through radio, television, road signs and all available technology referred to as the AMBER Alert Secondary Distribution Program.

The goal of an AMBER Alert is to instantly stimulate the entire community to assist in the search for and the safe recovery of the child.

These broadcasts let law enforcement use the eyes and ears of the public to help quickly locate an abducted child. The U.S. Department of Justice coordinates the AMBER Alert program on a national basis.

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children has assisted law enforcement in the recovery of more than 205,550 missing children since it was founded in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan. Our recovery rate for missing children has grown from 62 percent in 1990 to 97 percent today, with the help of widespread social media and instantaneous information sharing through the internet and cellular devices.

Since 1996, there has been 767 successful recoveries resulted from the AMBER Alert system.

National Missing Children’s Day, May 25, celebrates this message of HOPE and honors the commitment to help locate and recover missing children by reminding parents and communities that every child deserves a safe childhood.


When signing up for AMBER Alerts you will receive geographically targeted information to help identify an abducted child, a suspected abductor or a vehicle suspected to be involved in an abduction.

Every facet of social media has pages dedicated to spreading the word about local child abductions: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, direct Text messaging – so sign up and HELP BRING OUR MISSING CHILDREN HOME.

Click the image to the right to sign up, amber alert or sign up at

For information about how AMBER Alerts are distributed to cell phones visit

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