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How To Create A Child ID Kit In Case Your Child Goes Missing

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In 2016, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children assisted law enforcement and families with more than 20,500 cases of missing children. You yourself may worry about your child getting lost in a crowd, being taken by a non-custodial parent, wandering off or being abducted by a stranger. While there’s a good chance you’ll never have to endure this harrowing experience, in the event you do, having the right information on hand can help bring your child home safely and quickly.

Many child ID kits are available for purchase, but you can make your own with a simple folder containing pertinent information. Here’s what you should include in yours:

Photo

Take a high-resolution, head and shoulders picture of your child. Make sure the child is facing forward and the photo is clear.

Personal Info

Along with your child’s full name, home address and date of birth, include additional identifying information, including any nicknames, school information or other addresses used.

Physical Characteristics

Provide a basic description of your child, including race or ethnicity, height and weight, hair color, eye color and gender. Add the date each time you update the information.

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Distinguishing Features

In addition to your child’s general description, include any unique characteristics that could help authorities locate your child. This might be glasses, braces, birthmarks or even tattoos or piercings.

Medical Information

Provide contact information for your child’s primary care provider. List any medical conditions or allergies from which your child suffers, as well as medications or treatments required.

Make safety kits for your children while the idea is in the forefront of your mind. Keep it in a secure and easy-to-access location. Update it every six to 12 months to ensure you have the most current and accurate information readily available. Should the unimaginable happen, contact local law enforcement immediately and then notify the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.