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Have you ever worried that your child may be injured when not in your presence and Emergency Personnel won’t have the vital information necessary to perform? The MY ID CLUB card:
- Provides an avenue that any critical medical information can be passed to First Responders in case of injury to the child, including existing medical conditions or allergies
Have you ever lost track of your child while in a crowded mall, city fair or carnival? The MY ID CLUB card:
- Can be given to security personnel immediately, by the child or by the guardian, if they are temporarily lost or separated to ensure a speedy recovery.
How many times have you had to write down critical information about your child to pass along to the babysitter, Grandma or Aunt when they are caring for your child? The MY ID CLUB card:
- Can be given to another trusted adult who may be caring for the child
- Allows parents to feel more secure when their child is being cared for by another trusted adult
Has your child ever expressed fear about Police Officers or other Emergency Personnel? The MY ID CLUB card:
- Bridges the gap between children and Law Enforcement
We have found through the years that the MY ID CLUB card encourages children to be more responsible for their safety, helping them to make better decisions.
According to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC):
- 797,500 children (younger than 18) are reported missing in a one-year period
- 2,185 children are reported missing each day
- 203,900 children were the victims of family abductions
- 58,200 children were the victims of non-family abductions
- 115 children were the victims of stereotypical kidnapping
The NCMEC also advises:
- Checking with your local law enforcement agency to locate opportunities in your neighborhood.
- Only parents and/or guardians should store and have access to the information on the card. The information should not be stored in a central database
- The NCMEC encourages every family to have a current head and shoulders color photograph for their child(ren)’s identification in which the face is clearly visible. Photographs and descriptive information should be updated every six months or more often if the child’s appearance changes due to loss of tooth, a change in hairstyle, etc.
Being actively involved in the community we were able to see first-hand the numerous challenges faced by parents and guardians when trying to keep their children safe in today’s rapidly evolving world. The MY ID CLUB program was created in 1997 in Seattle, WA as a community service program of the King County Police Union to address these concerns. Our goal was to issue photograph/fingerprint identification cards to all children under the age of 16, FREE of charge. Since then, we have completed over 1,700 events in 55 different cities, issuing over 400,000 ID cards.
The enormous popularity of the program, the genuine need for its existence, as well as the numerous requests we’ve received, has prompted us to offer this program to other Law Enforcement or Fire Department agencies interested in assisting the families in their communities.