The AMBER Alert was created in the 90's and it stands for America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response. It's been working since 1998 and can be a very effective way of alerting citizens to a kidnapping in progress.
Technology allows for AMBER Alerts to broadcast on digital highway signs, television, radio, and even text message alerts. These messages will generally contain (when applicable) photos of the children, suspect (if one can be obtained), description the vehicle they may be in, and last location seen. If someone seems anything matching the descriptions then they are to call the police to report their findings.
But, what qualifies for an AMBER Alert? You would think that any missing kid would, but that's not the case as seen in the video below:
Why is it that some kids aren't given the same help as others? How many minority kids have you seen on Nancy Grace or other news shows? We need to stop acting as if some children are more important than others. If you want to discuss this further in detail then comment at the bottom of this page.
Is there ever a situation when an AMBER Alert should not be issued for a child?