March 27, 2009
Child identification kits could make it easier for police to find missing children. The Albemarle County Sheriff's Office hopes every parent will consider using one.
The free kits include a pamphlet, where you fill out information about your child including name, address, dental records, a current photo of the child, and any identifying marks on their body. The next step is using a Q-tip to swab the inside of your child's cheek to collect a DNA sample.
The kits also allow you to finger print your child. All you do is have them stick their thump on the black strip included in the kit. In the event that your child goes missing, you can then give the fingerprint to investigators.
The Albemarle County Sheriff's office is working with county schools to give the kits away. But in order to get one, a parent must go to the office of any County school and ask for it.
"They made it very clear from the onset that they would need to see a prototype from the Company National Child Alert System, because with their policy, they can't put much out with a lot of advertising," explains Albemarle County Sheriff Chip Harding.
Parents CBS19 caught up with on the Downtown Mall say they like the idea of the kits.
"Anything that brings a kid home safely or eases a parent's fears-- I think it's marvelous," says Chauncey Banks.
Sheriff Harding says any unclaimed kits may eventually be passed along to Charlottesville City Schools. You can also pick up the free kits at the Albemarle County Sheriff's Office.