Missing Child

Runaway Child

Parental or Family Abduction

Child Concealment

Stranger Abduction

International Parental or Family Abduction

Parental Kidnapping

Children who have been enticed away from home

Child missing due to unknown reason

Children enticed/abducted into or involved in a cult

Abused Children

Exploited Children

Juvenile Human Trafficking

Juvenile Prostitution

Juvenile Narcotics Ring

Adult Missing Persons (Some restrictions apply)

Summary Standards for Issuing an AMBER Alert

Every effective AMBER Alert plan contains clearly defined activation requirements. The following direction is developed to accomplish a uniform, interoperable network of plans throughout the nation, and to decrease potentially deadly obstructions because of confusion amongst varying jurisdictions. The following are qualifying recommendations.

There is a justifiable belief by law enforcement that a kidnapping has actually occurred.

AMBER plans require law enforcement to validate an abduction prior to issuing an alert. This is important when establishing the level of danger to the youngster. To allow activations in the absence of substantial information that an abduction has taken place can lead to misuse of the system and ultimately undermine its efficiency.

The police should conclude that the youngster is in imminent risk of significant bodily injury or death.

A child should be at risk for serious bodily harm or fatality before an alert can be released. This aspect is plainly related to police's recognition that stranger kidnappings represent the greatest risk to young children.

There is enough descriptive information about the person and the abduction for law enforcement to issue an AMBER Alert to aid in the rescue of the boy or girl.

For an AMBER Alert to be successful in retrieving a missing youngster, the law enforcement agency ought to have enough details to conclude that an immediate broadcast to the general public will improve the efforts of police to locate the child and apprehend the suspect. This aspect needs as much detailed information as possible about the abducted youngster and the abduction, along with descriptive details about the suspect and the suspect's car.

The abduction is of a child aged 17 years or younger.

States ought to embrace the "17 years of age or younger" requirement; or, at a minimum, agree to recognize the request of any other states to issue an AMBER Alert, even if the case does not meet the responding state's age criterion, as long as it satisfies the age requirement of the requesting state.

The youngster's name and various other essential data elements, including the Child Abduction flag, should become part of the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) system.

Immediately enter AMBER Alert information into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) system. Text details explaining the conditions surrounding the kidnapping of the boy or girl need to be entered, and the case flagged as a Child Abduction. The notation on the entry ought to be sufficient to describe the events of the disappearance of the child. Entry of the alert information into NCIC broadens the search for a kidnapped youngster from the local, state, or regional level to the national. This is an important element of any successful AMBER Alert plan.