Today marks the 18th anniversary of the AMBER Alert system. AMBER Alert is a program of voluntary cooperation between broadcasters, cable providers, and local and state agencies to enhance the public's ability to assist in recovering abducted children. AMBER Alert notification is supported by the AMBER Alert Web Portal and the Emergency Alert System (EAS).
AMBER Alert, which stands for "American's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response," was created law enforcement and media representatives in Arlington, Texas in 1996 after the kidnapping and brutal murder of 9-year-old Amber Hagerman.
To bring awareness to the issue of missing children, child safety and the AMBER Alert Program, the *California Missing Persons Clearinghouse, in association with Child Quest International (CQI), will participate in the 2014 National Missing Children Poster Contest.
The United States Department of Justice annually sponsors this national poster contest to help raise awareness about child safety. The purpose of the contest is to exhibit America's effort to bring missing children home safely, while highlighting the importance of preemptive education programs. Student involvement in the poster contest promotes peer education, while captivating students to explore and understand the theme "Bring Our Missing Children Home."
- Applicants must be in the 5th grade
- Artwork should reflect the theme "Bring Our Missing Children Home." The phrase must appear on the poster
- May be created using acrylics, watercolor, pencils, charcoal, magic markers, spray paint, crayons, pastels, etc. Do not use digitally produced images, collages, cut-outs or stamping
- Finished poster must measure 8 1/2 x 14 inches
- The poster must be submitted with a completed application and waiver
- All entries must be postmarked by February 1, 2014. The poster and application should be sent to: California Department of Justice, Attn: Missing Children Clearinghouse, 4949 Broadway, Room B-216, Sacramento, CA 95820
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org to inform us of your entry. Subject line: MCD 2014
The winning poster of the California Poster Contest will be sent to the National Contest for judging. The national winner, along with their teacher and parents, will travel to Washington, D.C. to receive an award and participate in the Missing Children's Day ceremony, May 25, 2014.
*The contest is open to all US 5th grade students. To have your child participate outside of California, please find the State Manager for your state here. Same rules apply, but entry deadline may vary.