The National Child Identification Program is a community service initiative ded icated to changing these statistics by providing parents and guardians with a tool they can use to he lp protect their children. The Child ID Kit allows parents to collect specific information by easily recording the physical characteristics and fingerprint s of their children on identification cards that are then kept at home by the parent o r guardian. If ever needed, the Child ID Kit will give authorities vital information to assist their efforts to locate a missing child.
In 1997, the American Football Coa ches Association (AFCA) created the National Child Identification Program with the goal of fingerprinting 20 million children. In the program's first two years, nearly seven million ID Kits were distributed through stadiums, churches and community events. Now more than 30 million ID Kits have been distributed, making the National Child Identification Program the LARGEST child identification effort ever conducted. The goal of the program now is to reach all 60 million children in the United States
In America each year:
- 450,000 children run away
- 300,000 children are abducted by family members
- More than 58,000 children are abducted by non-family members
That's more than 800,000 children in America missing each year one child every 40 seconds. Yet, when the National Child Identification Program began; less than two percent of parents had a copy of their child's fingerprints to use in case of an emergency