Special Feature: Missing Children - AMBER Alert Information

Created in 1996, America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response (AMBER) Alert Program is a voluntary partnership between law enforcement agencies, broadcasters, transportation agencies, and the wireless industry, to activate an urgent bulletin in the most serious child-abduction cases. The goal of an AMBER Alert is to instantly galvanize the entire community to assist in the search for and the safe recovery of the child.

The Department of Justice's AMBER Alert website provides information about and resources for the AMBER Alert Program, including frequently asked questions, access to State contacts, information on how to view active AMBER Alerts, reports capturing AMBER Alert statistics, and a chronology/timeline of the program.

In January 2015, the Department of Justice announced a new partnership with Facebook and Bing to expand the reach of the AMBER Alert system. As part of this effort, Facebook will adjust its existing partnership to also begin sending alerts (including details and photographs) to its members in designated search areas. Bing will begin allowing users to access AMBER Alerts through its online tools. See the Department of Justice Press Release or watch the Attorney General's message to learn more.

Publications

AMBER Alert Report: Analysis of AMBER Alert Cases
Office of Justice Programs, Annual Report
AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program Fact Sheet
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention-Sponsored, January 2016
The AMBER Plan
Federal Communications Commission, November 2015
AMBER Alert: Best Practices
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, May 2012
Guide for Implementing or Enhancing an Endangered Missing Advisory
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, March 2011
AMBER Alerts for Abducted Children Now Available on Facebook (from OJJDP News @ A Glance, January/February 2011)
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, November 2010
AMBER Alert Trainings Continue To Address Cross-Border Abductions (from OJJDP News @ A Glance, July/August 2010)
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, July 2010
AMBER Alert Program Helps Recover Nearly 500 Children (from OJJDP News @ A Glance, January/February 2010)
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, February 2010
AMBER Alert Secondary Distributors
Office of Justice Programs, January 2010
AMBER Alert Reaches Indian Country
Office of Justice Programs, 2009
Best Practices Guide for Public Information Officers
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, July 2006
Best Practices Guide for Broadcasters and Other Media Outlets
Spanish version - Guia de las mejores practicas para radiodifusores y otros medios de comunicacion
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, April 2005
Bringing Abducted Children Home
Spanish version - Dedicada a regresar a casa los ninos secuestrados
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, April 2005
Effective Use of NCIC (National Crime Information Center)
Spanish version - Uso eficaz del NCIC Centro Nacional de Informacion Criminal
Office of Justice Programs, April 2005
U.S. Department of Justice Recommended AMBER Alert Criteria
Spanish version - Departamento de Justicia de Estados Unidos Criterios recomendados para la Alerta AMBER
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, April 2005
Final Report: AMBER, Emergency, and Travel Time Messaging Guidance for Transportation Agencies
U.S. Department of Transportation, May 2004

The AMBER Advocate Newsletter

Produced with support from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the AMBER Advocate newsletter captures articles that highlight AMBER Alert news, trainings, and the impacts of AMBER Alert program activities.

Related Resources

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)
The NCMEC mission is to help prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation; help find missing children; and assist victims of child abduction and sexual exploitation, their families, and the professionals who serve them. The NCMEC site contains information about the AMBER Alert Program.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
OJJDP supports states, local communities, and tribal jurisdictions in their efforts to develop and implement effective programs for juveniles. Access the child abduction, missing children, and National Missing Children’s Day sections of the OJJDP website for program information and links to publications and resources.

Links from the NCJRS website to non-federal sites do not constitute an endorsement by NCJRS or its sponsors. NCJRS is not responsible for the content or privacy policy of any off-site pages that are referenced, nor does NCJRS guarantee the accuracy, completeness, timeliness, or correct sequencing of information. NCJRS is also not responsible for the use of, or results obtained from the use of, the information. It is the responsibility of the user to evaluate the content and usefulness of information obtained from non-federal sites.