MoCHIP Jan 19th 2013

MoCHIP—Child Identification & Protection Program: Keeping Missouri Kids Safe!

Event Date: Saturday January 19, 2013
Event Time: 10:00 AM
Event Location: Hawthorne Elementary Commons Area, Kearney, MO 64060

Kearney, Missouri—Jan 19th 2013—With more than 155,000 children processed through the
MoCHIP Child ID program in 7 years, MoCHIP is clearly a presence in the community and vows to remain so! Taking place this Saturday the Missouri Masonic Family will be on hand to further ensure the safety of area children FREE OF CHARGE.
And the MoCHIP program works! No parent wants to believe that the unimaginable could
happen to them, though nearly 2,000 children are reported missing or abducted in the United
States each day. The peace of mind MoCHIP provides to Missouri families is invaluable. The
program consists of five major components—digital photographs, digital fingerprints, vital child
information and emergency contacts, a dental bite impression, and two laminated ID cards. The
photographs, fingerprints, and child data are burned onto a mini-CD that is compatible with the
AMBER ALERT system already in place. The dental impression provides a virtual diagram of
the child’s biting surface, which, like fingerprints is unique to each individual, and further
supplies enough saliva to provide a DNA sample that can also be used as scent source for trained canine search teams. Combined, this five-part process provides a dramatic, time sensitive recovery tool for authorities.
Once the child is processed through the program, which generally takes only 15 minutes, the
parent is armed with a single pre-printed envelope that instructs authorities in the event of an
emergency, something a parent in crisis would undoubtedly have trouble with, and a proactive
measure to combat the time sensitivity involved in recovery. Within a matter of minutes the
MoCHIP CD can be loaded into a computer directly form a police officers automobile and
entered into the Amber Alert system. Girls AND boys ages 11 – 21 are statistically most
susceptible to become missing and the “MoCHIP Packet,” that contains all the child’s vital information, has been tested 7 times that we know of, and resulted in all children—teenagers— being returned safely and promptly to their parents care.
On the day of the MoCHIP event, parents are urged to gather pertinent information about such
as, doctor, dentist, and emergency contact and phone numbers, allergies, medications, and
parent work, cell, and assorted phone numbers. Information Collection Forms and Permission
slips can be downloaded from the Web site and filled out ahead of time. Height
charts and scales are available at the event to facilitate the most current details regarding the
child. As would be expected, security and privacy are of utmost importance. All information and
specimens are collected on site, processed and provided to the parent or legal guardian in a
yellow envelope. At the end of each event, databases are erased using state-of-the-art software.
The only item retained by the Masonic Children’s Foundation is the signed permission slip.

Please visit our Web site ( for more information, to find an event in your area, or to schedule an event. We are also a featured cause on Facebook, and you can find us on Twitter too! For more information on becoming a corporate partner or to make a donation, please contact State Coordinator, Nick Cichielo: or 636.530.6069.

Sponsoring Masonic Lodge: Kearney Lodge #311

Event Date: January 19, 2013
Event Time: 10:00 AM
Event Location: Hawthorne Elementary Commons Area, Kearney, MO 64060

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