The ID kits contain fingerprinting materials, DNA collection swabs and other resources. Parents can use the kits to record their child’s fingerprint and DNA, then store the information at home for safekeeping in the event of a child abduction or if a child goes missing. The National Child Identification Program is the largest child identification effort ever conducted. The UAW is sponsoring the latest push in Tennessee as part of its national commitment to child safety.
“We’re proud to partner with law enforcement to provide tools and resources to help parents collect vital information about their kids,” said Ray Curry, director of UAW Region 8 representing the South. “The National Child Identification Program is a worthwhile initiative to promote child safety in Tennessee and across the country.”
Judy Bell, Cheatham County school district’s supervisor of federal projects said, “We are very excited to partner with UAW and our Sheriff’s Office to provide this needed resource in our county. We especially thank Mr. Gary Casteel for spearheading this project.”
The National Child Identification Program reports that, each year in America, an estimated 450,000 children run away, 300,000 children are abducted by family members, and 58,000 children are abducted by strangers or other individuals. Since its inception 17 years ago, the National Child Identification Program has distributed more than 36 million ID kits across the United States.