This post from “When a child goes missing” discusses how some states are providing Child Id Kits to students.
Several states are now offering Child ID kits, free to students in grades k-6, to assist Law Enforcement in the event they go missing. The kits will allow parents to take fingerprints, DNA samples and photos of each children. The initial cost projections for Florida and Texas is about $4 million for the kits but does not include the cost of administering them.
Before you jump to the conclusion this is about the cost to “protect” our children, it isn’t. Law Enforcement believes it will prove beneficial by allowing detectives to save time collecting information about the missing child. It can also be used should they need to issue an Amber Alert.
The reality is the need for the program is based on the number of children in America abducted by strangers each year, or by family members.
According to the NISMART-2 study, there are approximately 58,200 non family abductions annually. The study indicates 77% of all reported missing children are between the ages of 12-17 years-old, typically outside the k-6 range. Not every state publishes actual statistics so it may be difficult to determine how severe the problem is in your state.
One statistic the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children does publish is that there were 275 Amber Alerts issued nationwide last year. There were 118 Amber Alerts issued in California alone.
Officials in Texas are distributing 2 million Child ID to students in grades K-6 at a cost of $1.8 million.
In Florida they will distribute 2.6 million kits at a cost of roughly $2 million.
There is no question every parent should keep updated descriptions and photo’s of their children to assist in the recovery effort, should they be needed. It is important to note it will not guarantee an Amber Alert will be issued.
In the recent cases of Trenton Duckett, the missing 2 year-old in Florida, and Casey Crowder, the murdered 17 year-old in Arkansas, neither family would have received these kits.