AMECO is an association of missing and exploited children’s organizations in the U.S. and Canada founded in 1994 by a group of nonprofit organizations that wanted to work together for three reasons:
- To combine their efforts in influencing the policies and services for missing and exploited children.
- To raise awareness among the public of the work of the nonprofit organizations.
- To create a way for the public to distinguish between reputable organizations and those created merely as a fundraising vehicle to take advantage of the large number of people who want to contribute to missing children organizations.
- AMECO members are located in seventeen U.S. states and seven Canadian provinces. Each organization offers different services geared toward the needs of its community. Although their services are located in the U.S. and Canada, AMECO organizations can provide assistance internationally regardless of where the child may have been taken.