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Many parents think that it isn't necessary to obtain a child id kit until their child is of school age. Because their child will be away from them every weekday, they reason that this is when the necessity of a kit becomes important.
Contrary to popular belief, a child identification kit should be created as soon as your child is born. If the unthinkable should happen, such as your child becoming kidnapped, you would have immediate access to pertinent identification information with a child id kit. As your child grows, you will need to change out the photographs in the child id kit so that you always have a current picture on hand. Fingerprints and DNA samples, however, will not change and are very important in identifying your child.
As you begin looking at child identification kits, you'll discover that there are several different styles available. You may want to order several and keep them in a variety of locations. Styles of child identification kits include the following:
* Digital Child ID Kit- This kit can store information and fingerprints digitally on a computer's hard drive, a floppy disk, a CD-R, and a flash drive.
* Child Print ID Kit-This kit features a place to store a up-to-date photo, personal information, and fingerprints.
* Safe Shoes Child ID Kit- This is a packet of self-laminating vinyl labels that has spaces for several people's names and phone numbers your child can call in case she becomes lost. The labels are placed into the bottom of the inside of a child's shoe. This eliminates the risk of exposing a child's information to someone who shouldn't have it.
* Toothprints Child ID Kit- These kits allow a child to give a dental bite impression which is used in identification. Saliva is also captured and used as a DNA sample.
A digital child identification kit is an easily accessible way to document your child's personal information. The benefits of these kits include the following:
* Most digital child identification kits contain printable products in pdf formats.
* Data can be inserted digitally and easily.
* The information can be saved to a computer hard drive, flash drive, floppy disk, and CD-R.
* More than one child identification kit can be printed.
Child identification kits are used for a variety of reasons. Because they contain personal contact information, such as parents' names, phone numbers, and work numbers, as well as a child's photo, DNA samples, and fingerprints, they are very important to law enforement and missing child agencies. Child identification kits might be used in the following instances:
* A child disappears or becomes lost at a school function.
* A child is kidnapped.
* A child becomes lost while traveling or in an unfamiliar place.
* A child is missing because of an accident or injury.
* A child is missing due to a catastrophic event, such as a hurricane, tornado, earthquake, etc.
* Identification of a child who has been killed.
CHIP is acronym for the Child I.D. Program. This program, which is sponsored by the Child I.D. Program of America, is available to any school in the country who wants to create child identification kits for their children. If you are interested in bringing this program to your school and community, keep the following points in mind.
* There is absolutely no cost to you!
* There are no minimum participation requirements.
* A school administrator or PTO member should contact a CHIP executive director to set up a date.
* Contact numbers and e-mail are (888) 9US-CHIP or firstname.lastname@example.org
* Once you've contacted CHIP, they will handle everything else concerning the child identification kit.
* All participating children will then be fingerprinted, photographed, measured, and weighed to complete their kits.
* The completed kits will be returned to the school in a couple of weeks.
Child id kits are used in a variety of ways. For example, if your child is traveling alone and becomes lost, the id kit's photo can be used to search for her. Airline and bus depot officials will already have a heads up as to what the missing child looks like.
Because thousands of school children go on field trips every day, child id kits are essential in keeping those children safe. A child could easily wander off unnoticed by teachers and other students. A child id kit can be used to search for and identify that child.
In the case of a catastrophic event, such as a hurricane, earthquake, or tornado, a child id kit can be used to search for and identify a missing child.
Finally, a child id kit can be used to identify the remains of a child who has been missing and whose body is found.
One of the most important aspects of preparing a child identification kit is knowing what should be done with the kit in case your child goes missing. The key to recovering missing and abducted children is to get quickly involved and become extremely educated. The Nine Point Plan, developed by the Klaas Kids Foundation, can help parents become very involved in their child's safety.
The Nine Point Plan includes the following:
* Introduction- How to use the child identification kit, and what to do if your child disappears.
* Law Enforcement Relations- Information on how to contact and stay in touch with law enforcement agencies.
* Media Relations- Information on how to best use the media to get your child back safely.
* Volunteer Resources- Information on how to create a station for volunteers who can help in the search of your child.
* Searching- Information on what should be done in the search for your child.
* Hazards- Information on what to avoid, including possible scam artists and other forms of exploitation.
* Hints and Strategies- Information on items such as rewards, press releases, etc.
* Missing Children Services- Information on private investigators, public records, etc.
* Conclusion- Information on how to maintain the focus on your child.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|