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Brownville Junction American Legion offers Child ID Cards

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 165, No. 19, May 07, 2003

BROWNVILLE The FBI estimates that at least 2300 children are reported missing every day.

If a child is missing, time is of the essence. It is critical for parents to have the ability to provide accurate and detailed information to the authorities as soon as possible. It is not the time to be searching for recent photos, fingerprint card, etc.

The Brownville Jet. American Legion Auxiliary is concerned about the safety and well being of the children of our town. The Auxiliary focused on this issue April 19 when they distributed Child ID Cards and Safety Shoe Labels to interested parents.

The Child ID Cards contain everything the authorities need to know to begin searching for a missing child. Each card has a photograph, physical description, identifying marks, a fingerprint and contact information. The cards are meant be carried by the parent in a wallet or purse in order that they are always readily available.

The Safety Shoe Label is a unique label, which solves the problem of young children carrying identification, which is not practical, or wearing identification, which is not safe. Although they seem useful, it isn't safe for your child to wear an ID bracelet, necklace, or wristband. It abducted, any visible identification will be immediately removed. But typically abductors won't change a child's shoes. They are designed so that they won't come off even with sweaty or wet feet.

NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.