Traveling with children to visit relatives over Thanksgiving is a standard part of the holiday for most families as is the Black Friday shopping adventure. It is also a time when airports, train and bus stations roadside travel centers and malls are at their busiest – and children can get separated from family members easily. Therefore, I’d like to take the time to remind parents to remain vigilant while on-the-go and to create an up-to-date identification kit in case a child gets lost or is missing.
The Laura Recovery Center for Missing Children has a free printable identification kit and a free online registry to assist with developing a child identification kit for your child.
The Laura Recovery Center encourages families to include two sets of information, as listed below, for whichever type of identification kit you choose use:
- A recent, representational, head and shoulders picture
- Complete Name, Sex, Height, Weight, Race, Eye Color, Hair Color
- Whether your child wears glasses and / or braces
- Distinguishing Marks such as scars, tattoos, body piercings, and birthmarks
- Any medical issues or disabilities
The following information will be useful to you, your family, and to law
enforcement if your child does become missing:
- Description of jewelry
- Complete address
- Child’s E-mail address, phone, web pages and web accounts
- Child’s drivers license number, car description and plates
- A list of your child’s friends and contact information for them
- Names, address, and all contact (home, office)
information for both parents
- Names, addresses, and contact information for guardians or other
trusted adults in your Child’s life (Scout leader, Clergy, …)
- Medical information, any special needs, location of medical, dental,
DNA, and fingerprint records
- Any other information that you would like available should your child
ever be missing.