Once you become a Mother you become acutely aware of the many threats to your child. One of them being your child going missing. It is alarming the sheer volume of children that are going missing. And the countless that have ended in tragedy. In the United States and Canada alone, almost 500,000 children are reported missing each year. This may not sound like a significant number when considering the total population size of both countries. But when you break this down by the minute, every minute a child goes missing. This is an alarming statistic.
Ask yourself. If your child went missing, would you know what to do?
The answer is most likely call 911, but actually this is not enough. The key to finding a missing child comes down to mostly one thing: timing. The sooner you alert the authorities and the more information and tools they have at hand, the more likely they are to find your child and bring them home safely.
One of the most important tools for law enforcement when searching for a missing child is an up-to-date, good quality photo along with descriptive information.
The right information tool
A free tool is now available for parents, it’s called the Child Safe Kit. It’s a FREE, simple and yet effective tool to help families maintain current details about their children.
By having this information in a single document you will help to ensure the authorities have the correct information and quickly. Every parent should have this kit, because timing is everything when a child goes missing.
What does the kit include?
The Child Safe Kit is provided for FREE to parents, grandparents, and guardians. It helps authorities to quickly disseminate the descriptive information to the right people.
The kit includes details like your child’s age, height, weight, eye and hair color, allergies or any birth marks. It is important to know exactly where any of your child’s birthmarks, scars, or other identifying marks are. It also includes important details such as physical home address and contact details of both parents. In addition to this vital information the kit also contains an inking strip to fingerprint your child. Plus, a section to add a DNA sample (hair sample).
If your child goes missing and in a time of distress, the last thing you want to be doing is running around trying to collect all the relevant information. By having this kit, you will feel confident knowing you have the information at hand.
The Child Safe Kit is a national program which is endorsed and supported by the International Union of Police Associations. Parents can have the confidence knowing the kit provides authorities with essential information.