Volunteers hold child ID program in Rapid City
RAPID CITY S.D. – This weekend during the Black Hills Sport Show & Outdoor Expo, parents can make free child identification kits which may help save their lives if they ever go missing.
The Masons of North America are holding a child identification clinic where volunteers put together a kit with various identification records of children. During the process, volunteers take dental impressions, DNA cheek swabs, digital still photos, fingerprints, and video interviews with the child.
“It can be taken to law enforcement if something happens, and they will do amber alert and help to try to find the child if the child is missing,” said Jack Welker, the West River coordinator for the South Dakota Child Identification Program.
Experts recommend parents make a new kit once every two years. The entire process takes just minutes and is completely free. In the last decade, around 25,000 kids in South Dakota have registered through the program.
This weekend, the clinic will be staffed by volunteers from Western Dakota Technical Institute and the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. The clinic this weekend will be held upstairs at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.