~ The child should be taught his or her phone number and home address as soon as it can be committed to memory.
~ Keep and regularly update a complete written description of each child. Include date of birth, color of hair and eyes, height, weight, unique physical attributes, and any other significant identifiers (braces, pierced ears, eyeglasses).
~ Take color photographs of each child every six months. Photographs should be of high quality and in focus so the child is easily recognizable. Head and shoulder portraits from different angles, such as those taken by school photographers, are preferable.
~ Make sure the dentist updates the child's dental charts each time an examination or dental work is performed.
~ Know where the child's medical records are located. Medical records, particularly X-rays, can be invaluable in helping to identify a recovered child. It is important to have all permanent scars, birthmarks, blemishes and broken bones recorded.
~ To deter strangers from approaching your child, avoid placing the child's name on the outside of his or her clothes. Children are less apprehensive of someone who knows their name.
~ Arrange with your local police department to have your child fingerprinted. In order for fingerprints to be useful in identifying a person, they must be taken properly. Your police department has trained personnel to assist you. The police department will give you the fingerprint card and will NOT keep a record of the child's prints. We also understand that MetLife Auto & Home is making Free Fingerprinting and Identification Kits available on a national basis.
~ Take advantage of the advances in scientific research by including a few strands of the child's hair in your records. This will provide a DNA sample which can be matched if needed. (this was a new one I learned)
Also, let's help each other watch out for the kids in the neighborhoods.
Sometimes it takes a village to keep them safe!
Edited by crossroadswelcome, 30 August 2005 - 11:37 PM.