AMBER Alerts

amber alert program

The 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.

AMBER Alerts are broadcast through radio, television, road signs and all available technology referred to as the AMBER Alert Secondary Distribution Program. 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 AMBER Alert Program was named in honor of 9-year-old Amber Hagerman who was abducted while riding her bicycle in Arlington, Texas, and was later found murdered. The program is used in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Learn more about AMBER Alerts at www.amberalert.gov.
Follow your state’s AMBER Alert page on Facebook and receive alerts in your news feed.

Successful Recoveries: 881   Updated June 26, 2017

Read more about AMBER Alert success stories .

How do I recieve AMBER Alerts?

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.

Click here to sign up for AMBER Alerts.

For information about how AMBER Alerts are distributed to cell phones visit www.missingkids.org/AMBER/WEA.

Map of AMBER Alert Plans

These reports present an analysis of AMBER Alert cases during the reporting year. The AMBER Alert cases may involve one or more children and be issued on a statewide, regional or local level.

2016 AMBER Alert Report

2015 AMBER Alert Report

2014 AMBER Alert Report

2013 AMBER Alert Report

2012 AMBER Alert Report

2011 AMBER Alert Report

2010 AMBER Alert Report

2009 AMBER Alert Report

2008 AMBER Alert Report

2007 AMBER Alert Report

2006 AMBER Alert Report

2005 AMBER Alert Report

Countries around the world followed the success of AMBER Alerts in the U.S. and created similar alert systems. Each country adapted the system to fit their own needs and requirements but the goal remains the same — use the eyes and ears of the public to help recover a child who is in immediate danger.

Below is a list of countries with an alert program in place. This is not an exhaustive list and other countries may have similar programs in place.

Location Area Implemented Name
Australia
Queensland Territory and New South Wales
2003
Child Abduction Alert
Belgium
National
2011
Child Alert
Canada
Each province has a program
2002 and 2003
AMBER Alert
Cyprus
National
2015
Child Abduction Alert
Czech Republic
National
2009
Dítě v ohrožení
El Salvador
National
2013
Alerta Angel Desaparecido
France
National
2006
Alert Enlèvement
Greece
National
2007
AMBER Alert
Guatemala
National
2010
Alba-Kenneth Alert
Ireland
National
2012
Irish Child Rescue Alert
Italy
National
2011
Italian Child Abduction Alert System
Jamaica
National
2009
Ananda Alert
Malaysia
National
2007
Nurin Alert
Mexico
National
2011
Alerta AMBER Mexico
Netherlands
National
2008
AMBER Alert
Poland
National
2013
Child Alert
Portugal
National
2009
Alerta de rapto de menores
Romania
National
2011
Alertă Răpire Copil
South Korea
National
2011
AMBER Alert
Spain
National
2012
Alerta Menor Desaparecido
Switzerland
National
2010
Alert Enlèvement
UK National 2006 Child Rescue Alert


For more information about international AMBER Alert programs contact the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children® at information@icmec.org or 703-837-6313.