Child ID event March 21

In 2019, kids and parents move through a line where Masons help fingerprint and photograph children during a previous Child ID event. The collected information about a child is handed to the parents and Masons keep none of it.

LIBERTY — The Missouri Masonic Children’s Foundation & Liberty Lodge No. 31 will again offer the Missouri Child Identification Program known as MoCHIP Child ID from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at Liberty Fire Station No. 1, 200 W. Mississippi St.

The free program consists of digital photographs and fingerprints, child information and emergency contacts, a dental bite impression and two laminated ID cards.

Information on the disc is compatible with the format required by the AMBER Alert program.

All children in Clay County and their families are invited.

Event Coordinator Ron Zimmer said when children are under age 12, it’s recommended to update the picture every year if the families have already participated in the MoCHIP program.

“Birthmarks are recorded as well as scars,” he said. “Everything is given to the parents on a USB drive. Those bite wafers have a DNA sample that lasts for a year.”

For those 12 and over, the recommendation is to have a new photo every other year.

Pictures are taken to be AMBER Alert quality, Zimmer said.

“If parents worry about this, the Masons keep nothing on hand,” he said. “The only thing we keep is the signed document that they came through the MoCHIP process.”

Liberty Police Chief Jim Simpson applauds the ID efforts, saying the Child ID program aids in returning children home.

To download required forms ahead of time, visit www.mochip.org and then click “about.” For questions, call Zimmer at 835-0286.

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