When most people first learn that that the FBI receives over 2,100 reports of missing children each and every day, they think, "That can't be right. There must be a mistake with those statistics." Unfortunately, that's not an error or a typo. In fact, close to 360,000 children are abducted every single year. The tiny percentage of missing child cases that receive high profile media attention often gives people an inaccurate view of how widespread and serious this problem has become.
The sad fact is that close to 1,000 children are abducted every single day.
As scary and depressing as those statistics are, there is hope. Two of the most important things that parents can do, to minimize the chances of becoming a statistic, include: educating their children and preparing themselves in a responsible way, in the event of an emergency. One of the best ways that parents can prepare themselves is by keeping accurate records of their children in a safe place.
In the event of an emergency, every second counts. Being able to quickly provide accurate information about your child to law enforcement is crucial.
Child Safety Help provides the country's premier child safety kits to schools, day care centers, and preschools all around the country. Each child safety kit includes forms to document each child’s medical and personal information, including allergies and medications, blood type, height, weight, hair and eye color, birth date, a dental chart for primary and secondary teeth, a 10-finger fingerprint chart with a safe, non-toxic ink strip, instructions for obtaining a DNA hair sample with a heavy gauge storage bag, two Safe Shoes Child ID labels, two pages of comprehensive safety tips, and a chart to denote any unique physical features.
These child safety kits arm parents with the ability to educate their children in an informed, non-fear based manner. Additionally, these kits help parents to compile all of the critical information that law enforcement would need in the event of an emergency.
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If you are a parent who would like your child's school, day care center, or preschool to provide you with one or more of these child safety kits, we encourage you to contact the director or principal of your child's school or day care center. Ask them to contact us about providing them with a supply of child safety kits, which they can distribute to their families.