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Utah attorney general gives families precautionary I.D. kits for their children

Oct 18, 2022, 9:16 AM | Updated: Dec 29, 2022, 11:24 am

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SALT LAKE CITY —  Utah Attorney General Sean D. Reyes and Lehi Mayor Mark Johnson are offering child identification kits to all Utah families. 

The I.D. kits will help identify children who are runaways or victims of kidnapping by either family members or strangers.   

In the event a child goes missing, parents can use the I.D. kit, which is kept at home. It consists of a recent photo, descriptions, measurements, fingerprints, and a DNA hair sample. 

The I.D. kit is recommended by the FBI, which partnered with the National Child Identification Program in 2002. According to advocates for disabled children, before the program started, less than 2% of parents had copies of their children’s fingerprints. 

A news conference scheduled for Tuesday will highlight the growing involvement of city police in the National Child I.D. program.

The I.D. kits are available through local sheriff’s departments and law enforcement across the state or by accessing childidprogram.com.

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Utah attorney general gives families precautionary I.D. kits for their children