Attorney General Josh Kaul announced a partnership on Monday with the Green Bay Packers, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and Alliant Energy to produce and distribute 975,000 Child ID Kits to all K-12 children in Wisconsin.
Over 800,000 children go missing every year in the U.S., and the hope of the program is to aid law enforcement when the unthinkable happens.
“What can often happen to kids when they go missing is that there is no information about them available that can help locate them, information like fingerprint information or DNA information,” Kaul said at the event. “This kind of information that’s being collected can help law enforcement find missing persons and identify them.”
According to the program, the ID kit allows parents to fingerprint their child and attach a picture and description of their child amongst other identification tools. Parents are then advised to keep the fingerprint record, and if needed, provide law enforcement with the information in the event that their child goes missing. The project will be conducted in cooperation with the National Child Identification Program. Data collected from these kits will only be accessed under the worst case scenario.
“No parent should have to go through the nightmare of having a missing child, but thousands of parents are confronted with that tragedy every year,” said Kaul in a tweet after the announcement. “The National Child Identification Program empowers parents to collect information that can assist with identification if the unthinkable occurs and a child goes missing.”
The Attorney General’s Office and Wisconsin Department of Justice are yet to announce a timeline for the distribution of the kits.
Ian Wilder is a current features writer and former state politics reporter for The Daily Cardinal. Follow him on Twitter at @IanWWilder.