A CHILD GOES MISSING EVERY 40 SECONDS IN THE U.S.
(THAT’S 797,500 MISSING KIDS EACH YEAR)
In light of a recent success, this thread briefly re-examines and discusses the FBI’s “Child ID” phone App in the event a child is missing, as well as, in the context of a disaster. This Phone App allows parents to transmit all of their child’s pictures and vital information (at the touch of a button) to FBI and Law Enforcement and anyone else in seconds.
*****************IMPORTANT SUMMARY AND WEBSITES*****************
*THE FBI “CHILD ID APP” (A FREE PUBLIC PHONE APP) IS USEFUL FOR WHEN A CHILD GOES MISSING (INCLUDING DISASTERS).
*THIS IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE A MAJOR POINT MADE BY FBI ANALYSTS IS THE NEED TO ACT QUICKLY WHEN CHILDREN ARE LOST OR STOLEN.
*YOU CAN PUT AS MANY OF YOUR KIDS INTO YOUR PHONE APP AS YOU WANT.
*THIS FREE PHONE APP WILL HELP RESCUERS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT ACT QUICKLY.
=>OFFICIAL FREE APP FOR IPHONE, GET YOUR APP HERE:
=>OFFICIAL FREE APP FOR ANDROID PHONES, GET YOUR APP HERE:
=>THE OFFICIAL CHILD ID FREE APP BROCHURE WITH SPECS AND EVERYTHING YOU WANT TO KNOW IS HERE:
=>OTHER ADDITIONAL OPTIONS SUCH AS FINGERPRINTS AND DNA ARE PART OF THE LARGER FBI CHILD ID (PROGRAM) HERE:
The FBI’s Child ID program is used to help identify lost or kidnapped children, and therefore can also be used in a Disaster Scenario if a child is lost. The FBI GUARANTEES that they will not store any information about the parent or their child until there is an emergency and they transmit this information to the FBI. IN TWO EASY STEPS PARENTS CAN HAVE THIS ADDED LAYER OF PROTECTION (just download the app and fill in the information). It is important to note here that for small children (knowing their full name is helpful), and in a disaster, meet-up location plans should be made prior to an incident if possible and feasible.
REGARDING THE USE OF THE FBI CHILD ID APP IN DISASTERS:
Problems between the time of onset of disaster and reaching a meet-up point can occur, and any number of things can happen or go wrong. Specifically, disasters are confusing times, people and families get split up, and if a child is split-up from their family, the FBI Child ID phone app/software can immediately help at the push of a single red button. I also note here that if a child is very young, they will not be able to find a meet-up point, and need to be identified for Law Enforcement or search and rescue teams by this App.
A SPECIAL THANKS TO THE FBI:
I want to give an extra special thanks to the FBI for relentlessly protecting us and our families! We all love children and have strong instincts to protect them from being lost or stolen. The FBI has strongly endeavored to implement multiple tactical, strategic, and resilience programs to cover every angle from the moment the child is lost, to the recovery process, and future support.
=> The FBI identified that one of the easiest and yet most critical roles that (a parent can play), in the location of their child, is to have vital information about their child readily available for Law Enforcement and/or FBI in the event that their child goes missing.
=>The FBI desired to augment this important ID facet of the child recovery process by creating software for parent’s phones called “FBI Child ID” app that will immediately provide all the information they need to begin the location of the child.
=>This Phone App was released in 2011, and has helped with many successful recoveries. A recent (2014) successful child recovery story (whereby this App was utilized) is here: http://www.fbi.gov/news/news_blog/how-the-fbi-child-id-app-aided-a-recovery?utm_campaign=email-Immediate&utm_medium=email&utm_source=extras&utm_content=318519
*****IMPORTANT OFFICIAL INFORMATION BELOW THIS LINE*****
RESOURCES AND IMPORTANT TEXT PORTIONS OF THE
OFFICIAL FBI CHILD ID BROCHURE INFORMATION HAVE BEEN
PROVIDED FOR THE READER BELOW.
The FBI’s new Child ID App CAN help!
WHAT TO DO:
Put your child’s safety in your own hands. Download the FBI’s Child ID App today.
HOW (TWO EASY STEPS):
1. Simply download the free FBI mobile application from the App Store on iTunes, or for Android
2. Add the latest photos of your child, enter key information about him or her, and update it regularly.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN:
In the unlikely event that your child goes missing, you can quickly e-mail the photos and information to authorities. The app also includes safety advice and checklists for parents. And please be assured, no information about you or your child will be collected or stored by the FBI.
HOW TO USE THE CHILD ID APP:
To add a child to the app:
1. Open the app and click the plus sign in the upper right corner of the app homepage.
2. To add a picture (optional), click the blue "New Photo" button. This will take you to your phone's camera (right now, this is the only way to add a photo to the app). Take a picture of your child, and click "Use" to save. You can also click "Retake" to take another photo.
3. To add additional information about your child, scroll down the page and use your phone's keypad. Press "Save" in the upper right corner of the app to store the information. Hit "Cancel" to start over and return to the app homepage.
4. You can add as many children as you want in the app. Each child's name and picture (or generic silhouette) will appear on the left of the app homepage. If you add several children, you will need to scroll down the screen to see the additional entries.
5. To edit information about your child, click your child's photo (or generic silhouette) on the app homepage, edit the information, and hit "Save."
6. To remove a child from the app, click the "Delete" button in the upper left corner of the app. You will see a red minus sign to the left of each entry. Click the minus sign next to the child you wish to remove and then hit the red "Delete" button to the right. Hit "Done" to return to the normal view.
To send your child's information to law enforcement authorities, to yourself for archival purposes, or to other groups or individuals:
1. Click your child's photo (or generic silhouette) on the app homepage.
2. Click the red "Send" button.
3. Type in the e-mail address where you wish to send the information in the "To" field at the top of the page.
4. Hit "Send" in the upper right corner of the page.
5. You can cancel the e-mail by clicking the "Cancel" button in the upper left corner of the screen. You can then choose to save or delete the draft e-mail.
Note: To call your local 911 operator, use the "Emergency" tab at the bottom of the app homepage.
FBI SAFETY TIPS:
The following tips will help keep your children safe:
1. Make sure that your child knows his/her full name, your full name, your address, and your telephone number(s), including area code(s). Make sure your child knows how to use a telephone and how to call 911.
2. Do not leave your young children home alone. If you must leave your teenage children at home by themselves, tell them not to answer the door. If they answer the telephone, they should not mention that they are alone but should say that you will be back shortly.
3. Tell your children to move away from cars that pull up beside them if they do not know the driver, even if the driver claims to know you. If your child is being followed, they should know to run home or go to a safe house or the nearest public place.
4. Teach your children not to play in isolated areas and not to take shortcuts through empty parks, fields, or alleys.
5. Let your children know that they should not accept items from strangers or others without your express permission.
6. Tell your children that they may contact you at any time to pick them up and where to go if you are not available. Point out which houses in your neighborhood they may visit if they are in trouble.
7. Never leave your child alone in a public place, stroller, or car, even for brief periods of time.
8. Accompany your young children to the bathroom in public places.
9. Go with your children during all door-to-door activities.
10. Maintain up-to-date identification information on your children at all times, including medical and dental records, Social Security numbers, photographs, etc. Fingerprints and DNA samples also can be collected and stored in your home through the National Child Identification Program Kit (http://www.childidprogram.com/the-id-kit), which is provided by the American Football Coaches Association in partnership with the FBI.
UNDERSTANDING THE MISSING CHILD PROCESS DAY-1 THE FIRST 0-24 HOURS:
The first 48 hours following the disappearance of a child are the most crucial to the possibility of a successful recovery. Use the following checklist during the first 24 hours to help increase your chances of locating your child. If more time than this has passed, still ensure that these items are addressed as quickly as possible.
1. IMMEDIATELY call 911 or the nearest law enforcement agency. If you do not know the nearest local law enforcement agency, a 911 operator can direct you.
2. Once in contact with investigators, ask to have your missing child put in the FBI's National Crime Information Center (NCIC) Missing Persons file. There is no waiting period.
3. Request that the FBI be involved in the search for your child.
4. Gather and provide as much information as you can about your child to help investigators. Send any information from the FBI Child ID App. Provide a description of what your child was wearing, any personal items he or she may have possessed at the time of disappearance, and any mannerisms that may help locate your child. If available, provide further identifying information, such as your child’s Social Security number, additional pictures, DNA samples, and fingerprints. Give law enforcement all the facts and circumstances related to the disappearance of your child, including what search efforts have already been made.
5. Request that law enforcement put out a BOLO (Be On the Look Out) bulletin for your child.
6. Ask your local law enforcement agency to organize a search for your child. Request tracking or trailing dogs (preferably bloodhounds) in the search effort.
7. Ask the law enforcement agency about the AMBER Alert Program (www.amberalert.gov), which activates an urgent bulletin in the most serious child abduction cases.
8. Limit access to your home until law enforcement has collected possible evidence. Do not touch or remove items from your child's room or your home during this time.
9. Request the name, telephone number, and any other pertinent contact information for the law enforcement investigator assigned to your case. Keep this information on your mobile phone and in a convenient place near your home phone.
10. Make lists of friends, acquaintances, and anyone else who might have information or clues as to the whereabouts of your child. Try to include telephone numbers and addresses when available. Inform law enforcement of individuals who recently moved in or out of the neighborhood, anyone whose interest in or involvement with your family has changed in recent months, and anyone who appeared to be overly interested in your child. Also, list your child's online interests, including favorite websites and social networking sites (Facebook, MySpace, etc.) as well as friends on these sites.
11. Contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) at 1-800-843-5678 (800-THE-LOST) for assistance. NCMEC, which partners with the FBI to help find missing children, may assign a case manager. NCMEC can provide investigators with a copy of its publication, "Missing and Abducted Children: A Law Enforcement Guide to Case Investigation and Program Management."
12. Look up the telephone number of your state's missing children's clearinghouse. Call them and find out what resources they may provide.
13. Request that local law enforcement help you contact the media.
14. Designate one person to answer your telephone. Keep a notebook handy so that this person may keep track of relevant names, telephone numbers, dates and times of calls, and other information about each call.
15. Take care of yourself and your family. Force yourself to get rest, eat healthy, and talk to friends.
UNDERSTANDING THE MISSING CHILD PROCESS DAY-2 HOURS 24-48:
In the event that your child is not located in the first 24 hours, the following steps may be taken.
1. Talk with the law enforcement investigator assigned to your case about steps that are being taken to find your child.
2. Expand on your list of friends, acquaintances, extended family members, yard workers, delivery persons, or anyone else who may have seen your child during or following the disappearance/abduction.
3. Look at personal calendars, community event calendars, and newspapers for additional clues as to who may have been in the vicinity and might be the abductor or a possible witness. Give this information to law enforcement. Save copies of your local paper.
4. Expect that you will be asked to take a polygraph test. Volunteer to take one.
5. Work with your NCMEC case manager to identify locations where your child's poster may be distributed or displayed. When a case is media ready, NCMEC sends posters to the geographic area where the child is believed to be located.
6. Work with your law enforcement agency to schedule press releases and media events. You may also wish to ask someone close to you to act as a media spokesperson.
7. Discuss the use of a possible reward with your law enforcement agency.
8. Report any potential extortion attempts to law enforcement.
9. To protect the privacy of your home telephone number, consider having a separate telephone line installed with call forwarding to your existing landline or cell phone. Get caller ID and call waiting. Ask law enforcement to install a phone in your home that can be used to record calls. Keep your cell phone with you at all times.
10. Make a list of things that volunteers may do for you and your family.
11. If you have not done so already, call your child's doctor and dentist to request medical records and x-rays. Give these to law enforcement.
12. Discuss with law enforcement the creation of a website to capture information or leads. Designate a screened and trusted volunteer to manage and monitor this website.
13. Continue to take good care of yourself. Ask others to help take care of your emotional and physical needs during this time. Request that your coworkers and employer do so as well.
PARENT RESOURCES & REFERENCES:
FBI 'Be Crime Smart' Website
FBI Crimes Against Children Website
FBI Local Field Offices
FBI Most Wanted (Fugitives and Missing Kids)
FBI Submit a Crime Tip Form
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
National Child Identification Program ID Kits
NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS COMMUNITY