Social networking giant Facebook is now offering to help with child abductions across the country.

The AMBER Alert system started as an agreement between broadcasters and law enforcement agencies to quickly release information to the public on child abductions so citizens could help with the search.

The alerts had previously been available to users via their local law enforcement Facebook pages.

But now, Facebook users can receive the announcements directly from state AMBER Alert pages.

Facebook uses who want to receive the alerts must sign up through the website. Users will also be able to share the app with their friends.

The AMBER Alert system has been credited with the recovery of 525 children since it began. It is named for Amber Hagerman, a 9-year-old, who was kidnapped and murdered in 1996. Thursday is the 15th anniversary of her abduction.