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Georgia child ID program comes to Columbus

By Taylor Barnhill  - bio | email 

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  Most parents do not want to imagine having their child go missing, and not being able to do anything to help find them, but one nationwide organization is putting some of those fears to rest.

"It's a known fact that if a child goes missing and they aren't found in the first 72 hours, there's a very good likelihood they won't be," says Darryl Moye, the Coordinator for Columbus Masons.

It used to be the only help a parent could offer when their child went missing was a description and maybe a picture. But with help GACHIP, a program sponsored by the Georgia Masons, parents now have a plethora of information to share with police.

Moye explained, "We basically do fingerprints, we take vital information about the child, take photographs, a short movie and also a DNA sample."

All of this information is gathered at no cost and can be saved by families in case an emergency does arise.

"Once all that has been done and all that is prepared, it's burned to a CD and that CD, along with all the material, is placed in an envelope and given to the parent. If it is taken to a police man's car and put in his laptop, it automatically links up with the Amber Alert system," said Moye.

Once that child's information goes into the system, it takes less than ten minutes for a national Amber Alert to go out, meaning families have a much greater chance of being reunited.

Moye added, "We would like to think that every parent would want this for their child."

The identification kit is available for children of any age and it is also encouraged for any elderly people who may have a chance of disappearing.

The next Child Identification event will be held October 10th through the 12th at River Road Elementary School in Columbus from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event is being held for River Road Elementary students only.

Click here for more information about GACHIP.

Click here for a child ID program outside of Georgia.

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