Being a part of the National Child Identification Program can give vital information to law enforcement to help locate a missing child and is a program that has proven to be important in the locating process. The program is a community service initiative dedicated to changing negative statistics by providing parents and guardians with a tool they can use to help protect their children.
The Child Identification Program will be in Corinth on Saturday, Sept. 28 at Walmart Supercenter. The program hopes parents will let their children participate in the event.
“In this day of constant turmoil, many of us are concerned about this,” said Event Coordinator, Linda Clardy. “This includes many of our local businesses and now many of them are deciding to help out the situation and are getting involved.”
Clardy said parents can help counter the negative statistics by coming to the Child Identification Clinic which is a great way to have your child get free finger printing, digital imaging and DNA swabbing.
“The digital imaging is a great thing and it will document hair and eye color, scars, birthmarks, optical and dental information,” added Clardy. “Anything that could be used to help with identification like the DNA swab -- which is a simple swabbing of the inside of the mouth -- is very useful.”
This program is being made possible by the Alcorn County Sheriff's Department and the merchants throughout the area.
One of the merchant sponsors is Quickway of Corinth and owner Ricky Miller said they get involved because they care.
“We love doing this and we have been a part of this program for approximately eight years or so,” said Miller. “Normally, we donate money and make sure that we show up at the event and hand out cups, pens, goody bags and stuff like that.”
Clardy said without these businesses getting involved in this every year, the program wouldn’t work.
“Without their support this program would not be possible,” Clardy added. “This is one of their many ways of showing their concern for the welfare of their friends and neighbors, both of the past, present and future. We plan to set up these identification clinics in different areas to make it more accessible to the families, as long as we have the funding.”
The program is being offered to children, senior citizens, vulnerable adults, Alzheimer patients, mentally challenged and/or anyone subject to wandering away, that might have difficulty relaying their identity or location of residency.
“We worked directly with the National Chip Foundation and with National Mason Chip,” Clardy said. “We have worked with law enforcement officials to ensure our Child ID Digital Fingerprinting system is up to their standards. We capture all the vital information required by the Amber Alert system.”
The Child ID software program form includes all 10 fingerprints and is saved in the universal PDF format. The parent receives two printed ID cards and the Child ID form. They also get a compact disc with all the information on it, according to Clardy.
“We have customized this program for the Masons Chip Program so you know it is the best,” said Clardy. “To help protect from identity theft, the Child ID software kit was written so that no information of the child is saved on the computer. Once you start over, all of the information is permanently erased off the Child ID system.”
Clardy said the parent is the only person who retains the data and this is the new standard for the Child Identification Programs. This program is not for those who wish to sell the Child ID Kits. It must be given free to the parents and children.