AMBER stands for America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response and was created as a legacy to nine-year old Amber Hagerman, who was kidnapped while riding her bicycle in Arlington, Texas, and then brutally murdered. The AMBERAlert System started in 1996 when Dallas-Fort Worth broadcasters partnered with local law enforcement to develop an early warning system to help find abducted children.

What is AMBERAlert Child ID?

The AMBERAlert Child ID program is a voluntary program for all children under the age of 18. The parent/guardian of participating children will receive a wallet-sized, laminated card with a photo of the child, a unique AMBERAlert number and only minimal, yet essential information needed to find a child in the event the child is abducted. The encrypted information is sent to a secured National AMBERAlert date base. Multiple AMBER ID cards are available.

How to Obtain an AMBER Child ID Card

Simple! By either participating in a school-sponsored event or attending one of the many AMBERAlert Child ID events held by participating Rotary Clubs. Dates for these events are listed at or by contacting the Rotary Club in the town that you live in. The only requirement is for the parent/guardian to fill out and sign a brief consent form. For more information on how to host your own AMBERAlert, please call Jack Eagan at 860-395-8205 or email:

To find out where our next AMBERAlert Child Identification will be, please contact Jack Eagan.

Privacy and Security

The AMBERAlert Child ID team ensures both the privacy and security of the information obtained about the child. The information on the card and in the data base will not endanger the child at any time. It does not identify the child by name, address, school or event location and is useful only to law enforcement and the parent/guardian in an emergency.

Privacy: the personal data on the child is guarded by making access to the information only available to the few individuals who are authorized to activate an AMBERAlert. All access to the data is logged and audited by an independent non-governmental organization.

Security: the system is enhanced by the use of strong encryption of the data for security purposes.