Having a current photo ID of your child can save precious time in the event of a kidnapping or lost-child incident. It is important to have a current (taken within six months) picture that is untouched, unglamorized, in focus and with a plain background. School portraits usually work well, according to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
Western & Southern Life Insurance is one of many organizations that offers a free child ID card program. Parents provide a current photo and information about the child, including name, date of birth, description and contact information. For information, call agent Melvin Williams in Wintersville, 740-457-5022.
What to do if your child is missing
- If your child is missing, first search the house checking closets, piles of laundry, in and under beds, inside large appliances, and inside vehicles, including trunks - wherever a child may crawl or hide. If you still cannot find your child, immediately call your local law enforcement agency.
- If your child disappears in a store, notify the store manager or security office. Then immediately call your local law-enforcement agency. Many stores have a Code Adam plan of action - if a child is missing in the store, employees immediately mobilize to look for the missing child.
- When you call law enforcement, provide your child's name, date of birth, height, weight and any other unique identifiers such as eyeglasses and braces. Tell them when you noticed that your child was missing and what clothing he or she was wearing.
- Request that your child's name and identifying information be immediately entered into the National Crime Information Center Missing Person File.
- After you have reported your child missing to law enforcement, call the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, 800-THE-LOST (800-843-5678).
Source: National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, www.missingkids.org.