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Life-saving site alerts you when kids go missing

Life-saving site alerts you when kids go missing
PHOTO COURTESY OF AMBER ALERT PROGRAM

Whether you're a parent or not, you can't imagine the loss of a child. It's heartbreaking to think about.

Nothing's worse. Although, not knowing what happened to your child piles questions on top of that hurt. Where is she? Who has him? What happened? Where are they?

It can become a lifetime of hurt and unanswered questions. Each year, almost a half million kids and teenagers are reported missing to the FBI's National Crime Information Center.

We've all seen TV news stories about missing kids. You see a team of people looking through fields for a body or a sign of life. You feel as helpless as they do. There's nothing anyone can do, except keep looking.

But with Amber Alert, you can help find a child. If you see a missing child or you want to report a suspected abductor, the site MissingKids from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children can be a life-saving resource.

If you've heard an Amber Alert, read one on Facebook or as you're driving on the highway, you know it's a quick system to alert a lot of people about a missing kid. The all-volunteer effort has police communicating with broadcasters and cellphone providers to get the word out.

On the MissingKids site, you can read the most recent Amber Alert, including details about the missing child and any adults she may be with. You can report seeing a missing child (see arrow in photo above). You can scan the database for a missing child and abductors.

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