"A Child is Missing" Alert Program

The Morton County Sheriff's Office participates in the "A Child is Missing" Alert Program.



Every 40 seconds a child is reported missing in the U.S.


1,000 telephone alert calls placed in 60 seconds can help save a life.


Since 1997, A Child Is Missing has been providing law enforcement with its first responder program. A Child Is Missing's rapid response telephone system alerts residents and businesses in a targeted area about a missing child, elderly person (Alzheimer’s/dementia), disabled person, or college student missing on campus.  This Alert Program is available in all 50 states.


The A Child Is Missing Alert Program is provided to law enforcement at no cost. Financial support is obtained through state and federal funding and grants.


Only law enforcement can activate the program.


It works like this: an officer calls A Child Is Missing, operating 24/7-365, and provides pertinent information about the missing person, including description, clothes worn, and time/place last seen.


An A Child Is Missing Recovery Specialist records a customized alert message, which is phoned to the area where the child was last seen or is believed to be. With its high-tech telephony, A Child Is Missing can place up to 1,000 calls in 60 seconds. There is a 98 percent listen rate by residents or businesses answering phones. Call recipients are asked to call police with any information they have about the missing person.


Since 1997, A Child Is Missing has received more than 20,000+ calls for assistance from law enforcement and has placed over 80 million alert calls to residents.

  • A Child Is Missing works in concert with Amber Alert and all child safety programs.
  • A Child Is Missing is the only program of its kind in the country.
  • A Child Is Missing has very few restrictions and can be activated by one simple phone call.
  • Law enforcement needs no special equipment or personnel to activate.


To date, law enforcement has credited A Child Is Missing with more than 2000 safe assisted recoveries. Case follow-up forms completed by law enforcement document this. The average recovery time has been less than one hour from time alert calls are placed.


A Child Is Missing stands ready 24/7, 365 to assist law enforcement agencies, large and small, in the search and early recovery of the missing.



Please visit the A Child Is Missing website: www.achildismissing.org


How the program works:


Parent ---> 911 (Police) ---> ACIM ---> Phone Calls to Residents ---> Leads back to Sheriff's Office or Police Department



Add your e-mail address, unlisted phone, cell phone, and VoIP (digital) phone lines to the alert list by clicking on the following link to A Child is Missing.