Close to 100 students get ID

The Child I.D. Program (CHIP) provided services to students at Lincoln Elementary School once again. On Tuesday, Oct. 5 children were photographed, fingerprinted, weighed and measured by CHIP volunteers.

The information is saved by CHIP and cards, bracelets, magnets and several other items are made containing the child's information. The cards are provided to police detectives in the event the child is lost or kidnapped.

Parents had a choice of several different packages. The smallest package is $6, the largest is $15. All of the information is confidential and there is no data basing, storing, distribution or selling of any information, according the the program. P.J. Marlin, a volunteer at Lincoln, said all of the information is deleted in 90 days.

The first National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway, and Thrownaway Children (NISMART-1) was released in 1990, and the second, known as NISMART-2, was released in October 2002. According to NISMART-2 research, which studied the year 1999, an estimated 797,500 children were reported missing; 58,200 children were abducted by non-family members; 115 children were the victims of the most serious, long-term non-family abductions called "stereotypical kidnappings"; and 203,900 children were the victims of family abductions.

For specific questions about the Child I.D. program call 661-393-9309.

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