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Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 01/12/2011

Amber Alerts now on Facebook

By Allison Klein
Allison Klein

Amber Alerts for missing children are now available as a news feed on Facebook, an effort to reach more people faster, announced the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Facebook users can sign up to get alerts by state, and share them with their friends.

Facebook has set up a page for each state, as well as for Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the District.

Thursday is the 15th anniversary of the abduction and murder of nine-year-old Amber Hagerman, namesake of the Amber Alert system.

An estimated 800,000 children are reported missing each year. Amber Alerts are issued by law enforcement in the most serious child-abduction cases.

The goal of the alerts is to quickly notify the community in an effort to find missing children.

By Allison Klein  | January 12, 2011; 10:56 AM ET
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