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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Children ID Kits

By Miriam Caldwell |

Once you have children you automatically begin to worry about their safety. There is the constant worry about what would happen if they become hurt and lost. You teach them about what to do when approached by strangers. Basically you watch over them and try to do everything you can to keep them safe. Do you have an I.D. kit prepared for your children? If the worse were to happen would you be prepared for that emergency?

I suggest that you put together a simple identification kit for each of your children. Your kit should include a recent photo of your child. Take the time to write down the identifying features of your child. This should include your child's name, age, height, weight, hair and eye color. This will save you time so that you can focus more on finding your child. You should also have your child fingerprinted. You may want to contact your local police department to see if they offer this as a service to the community. I know that most police departments will fingerprint adults (for things such as job applications or background checks) for a small fee. I am sure they would do the same thing for your child.

You may want to purchase a kit that is already put together. Once you receive the kit you will simply need to fill in all the information, and you'll be set. The McGruff kit at offers a workbook and other educational materials with the kit. You can find other kits at and at

Once you have completed the kit, you will need to make sure that you keep it updated. Every year you should update the information and the picture. Hopefully you will never have the need to use your child's identification kit, but it is better to be prepared than to be left scrambling during an emergency.

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