You’ve sent your child or children off to school. Can you recall exactly what each child was wearing? What color was each shirt, pants or shoes? Can you describe their backpacks? Hopefully, you will never need to recall this vital information, but then again thousands of children are lost, stolen and abducted every day. According to the National Child Identification Program, 800,000 children are missing yearly.
Parents may well be able to describe in detail what their children were wearing the last time they saw them, but in times of stress and fear, trying to recall all of the vital information necessary for a quick recovery may be extremely hard. Parents prepare for school, and ward off illnesses with doctor visits and shots. They even prepare for college with a savings account.
Many parents prepare their children for disasters and emergencies by doing fire and tornado drills in their homes. They instruct their children in safety issues such as “stranger danger” and home alone rules. Parents take all of these precautions to keep their children safe, but most do not prepare for the horrors of the child being abducted, or lost.
Child Identification Kits are becoming more and more popular with some parents. Perhaps it is because of the overwhelming amount of abductions the news continues to report on. Maybe it is do to kidnappings and abductions getting “closer to home” for many people. We are becoming more and more aware of the dangers of letting our children out of our sights. It is an unthinkable thing, but seems to be becoming a living reality.
Child ID kits can save valuable time, when time is of the essence. Yet, many parents are hesitant to have these child id kits, thinking instead that they will never need them. Just taking the time to complete one of these kits could save valuable time in the event such a horror strikes. Police depend on quick accurate information from the parents, and the more readily assessable this information is the quicker a missing child is searched for.
Some parents fear putting such vital information down in a permanent record. A safe Child ID kit is kept only by the parent in a safe secure place, to be brought out only to update information, or to give to a police officer if necessary. Never should a parent allow their child to be identified and fingerprinted, when the information is to be stored in a public data base.
Kits are available for the parents to fill out in the privacy of their home. Parents place in the fingerprints, paste on the photographs and describe any identifying marks. Parents also add the DNA samples. Then the parent files this information away, in their home, in a safe place. The vital identification information is easily retrieved and given to the Police, when an emergency situation arises.
A google search will turn up many sites that offer child identification kits. These blank kits can be purchased and filled in by the parents. Some sites even allow a free download of the child identification kits. The free downloads do not appear to be as thorough as the one purchased, but they are easily printed and ready to use.
Purchased kits will include a card to fill out all of your child identification information. The child identification kit will have a place to put the child’s fingerprints, and includes an inkless pad for the parent to use. A good child identification kit will also include an envelope to store a DNA sample in.
The DNA sample is no more than a small snip of the child’s hair or a fingernail clipping. Some include a small swab to swab the child’s mouth with, but most just suggest the hair or nail clipping. It is also advised to have the child lick the envelope to seal it, as this too collects DNA.
Community groups such as Police Organizations or Neighborhood Watch groups will often times sponsor these Child Identification Kits and hand them out within the community. Check to see if any groups in your area do this sort of child identification promotion. If they don’t, it may be worthwhile to suggest it to them.
Many Neighborhood Watch groups hold fundraisers specifically geared towards the purchase of child identification kits that are then distributed at local events or even at the local schools. Some Police Departments also sponsor the child identification kits, and have them on hand when parents ask for them.
The National Child Identification program can be found by doing a Google search, and parents will find a wealth of other information to insure their child’s safety. Parents or organizations can also purchase many other useful tools to help educate both their children and their community about all of the dangers and safety issues that face children today.
One would certainly hope that these kits will remain safely stored away and never used. In the event a child is lost or abducted this kit, that will either be free, or cost you at the most $10.00, can become priceless. It can get the information into the hands of the authorities a lot faster than a distraught parent will be able to think.
These web sites offer the child identification kits for sell:
This site allows you to download and print a free child identification kit, but the kit is not as thorough as the other ones: www.mcgruff-safe-kids.com and www.childidprogram.com. (This one is the National Child ID Program Site.)www.registeredoffenderslist.org/child-identification-kits.htm. This site also allows you to browse for any registered offenders in your area.