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KIDS ID Program

posted Aug 29, 2012, 10:50 AM by School Admin   [ updated Aug 29, 2012, 10:50 AM by Unknown user ]
In 1997, Mayor Richard M. Daley and the City Clerk's office joined forces to adopt an innovative system designed to help locate missing children - the Chicago Kids IDentification System, also known as the KIDS Program.

National missing children's organizations have long stressed the importance of keeping a recent photograph available for every child. Through the KIDS ID Program, this photo can be expediently provided. Since its beginning, the KIDS ID Program has expanded to digital technology which is used to create a database of photos, inkless fingerprints, and biographical information. An ID card with the child's photo and fingerprint and an ID number is provided to the parents. A telephone number is also provided on the ID card to call AFTER reporting a missing child to the police. 

All of the information provided by parents is securely stored in a computer file that only select City Clerk's personnel has access to. In the event a child becomes missing, parents should contact the police immediately. At the parent's request, the child's data along with the digital photo and fingerprint can be forwarded via internet from the City Clerk's office to the law enforcement agencies, media and any other search groups involved in the effort. Please know this information will only be provided if the City Clerk's Office is given consent to do so by the parent.

If you are interested in participating in the KIDS ID Program at St. Mary of the Lake School, please fill out the application provided by the school and return no later than Friday, August 31st.