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Child ID Kits will be distributed during UA vs. UT Chattanooga Game

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Child ID Kits will be distributed during UA vs. UT Chattanooga Game

Families attending the University of Arkansas vs. the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga football game will have an opportunity to maintain their children’s safety while rooting the Razorbacks to victory. The Little Rock chapter of the FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association (FBI CAAA) has joined efforts with the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and the FBI’s National Child Identification Program to provide ID kits from 4:30-6 p.m. at the north, east and west entrances at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock on Saturday, Oct. 6.Members of the FBI CAAA will distribute 12,000 kits while supplies last to children and their families prior to the game’s kickoff. In addition to the three entrances, a roving unit of volunteers wearing khakis, red or white shirts and ball caps also will distribute kits to tailgaters.Each kit contains an inkless fingerprinting card, DNA swab and preservation envelope, and a wallet card. All information can be completed by a parent or guardian and stored at home. In the event of an emergency, the ID kit can be handed over to authorities to help locate a missing child. According to the National Child Identification Program, 450,000 children run away each year, 300,000 children are abducted each year by family members and more than 58,000 children are abducted every year by non-family members. More than 800,000 children in America go missing each year, which is one child every 40 seconds. Yet when the National Child Identification Program began, less than two percent of parents had a copy of their child’s fingerprints to use in case of an emergency.“This is an opportunity for us to make an impact in our community by educating children and the people who love them about the importance of child identification,” said Brooks Jackson, president of the FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association in Little Rock. “The kits are free, easy to complete and can be done during a quiet moment at home.”The National Child Identification Program is the largest identification effort ever conducted, helping protect more than 14 million children in the past five years.



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