Volunteer partnership offers free KidCare photo identification kits

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 26, 2000

A KidCare photo identification kit is something a parent hopes they never need. But if tragedy happens and a child is missing, the Learn and Serve Lighthouse Partnership wants parents to have such a kit available.

The local partnership — which is a community service learning program to begin soon in Adams County — will give free identification kits to 700 children Saturday as part of Make a Difference Day.

Volunteers will take mug shots of children to include in the kits and police officers will fingerprint the children.

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The kits also include space for updated pictures of the child and to list other statistics, such as medical history.

&uot;(The kit) is a tool and I hope it’s a tool that (parents) never have to use,&uot; said Randy Laird, program director for Learn and Serve. &uot;(But) it’s better to have a tool and not use it, then to need a tool and not have it.&uot;

The program is open free of charge to all children.

It will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at the Natchez-Adams School District’s Multipurpose Center — the former Natchez Convention Center, next to Natchez High School.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, more than 1 million children are reported missing in the United States each year.

But agencies are able to locate one in seven missing children with a picture distributed by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

That is why it is important to have pictures, such as those placed in these identification kits, available.

&uot;Everyone has pictures of their children, but most parents do not have a suitable photograph if their child becomes lost or missing,&uot; Laird said.

It is important to have a recent unobstructed head-and-shoulder picture stored in a safe place with vital statistics on that child at the time of the picture, Laird said.