Each year approximately 725,000 children are reported missing in the United States. The Kids ID program gives parents the peace of mind that they are prepared for the unthinkable.
Vista Masonic Lodge Child Id Program.
Vista Masonic Lodge will set-up, and operate free of charge, a Child ID program at your event. Please contact us today!
What is the Child ID Program or “KIDS”?
As a resource to California parents, the Masons of California provides free fingerprinting and photo identification for children of all ages. Parents also receive an identification sheet that includes space to record a child’s height, weight, eye and hair color, and distinguishing marks. This sheet will be extremely valuable to authorities if a child ever becomes missing or abducted.
The entire process takes only a minute and no information is ever recorded on the computer equipment.
Since the program began in 1998, more than 800,000 California children have received this important documentation.
California lodges provide this free service in Kids ID booths at fairs and other community events across the state.
It is a program adopted by the Grand Lodge Free and Accepted Masons of California to provide a significant community service to the many communities in California. All too often, we see or hear of a story of a lost, runaway or apparently abducted child. Between June, 1984 and September, 1992, there were 29,514 nationally reported cases, and the numbers are increasing. This program is designed to facilitate the safe recovery of these youngsters by the authorities.
Specifically, this program uses a computer with a digital camera and electronic fingerprint scanner to capture a photograph and the thumbprints of a child, which are then processed and printed from a laser jet printer. None of the information is saved on the computer. The process takes between one (1) to two (2) minutes. A 8 1/2 X 11 Child ID Profile, including the picture and thumbprints, provides a form for the parent to complete about the biographical data of the child. Thus, if the child is lost or abducted, the vital information has already been prepared for the immediate use of law enforcement and the media. The faster such information is available, the more likely the child can be retrieved. A preprinted document provides Child Safety Tips for the children and the parents along with instructions on what to do if a child is missing. This information is on the back of the Child ID Profile. It behooves the parents to use this free service often.