DATE: Saturday January 17th 2015
TIME: 10:00AM – 2:00PM (open to public)
LOCATION: Hawthorne Elementary Commons
1815 South Jefferson
Kearney MO 64060
What is MoCHIP?
MoCHIP is a comprehensive child identification program designed to give Missouri families a measure of protection against the ever increasing problem of missing and abducted children. MoCHIP stands for MissOuri CHild Identification and Protection Program. The program uses a computer disc to provide information to the parents. Microchips are not used in the program.
Missouri Freemasons are bringing this program to communities throughout the State. The Missouri Masonic Children’s Foundation, the sole sponsor, is working with local Masonic Lodges to provide consistent and comprehensive MoCHIP events as part of their ongoing commitment to Missouri’s children and families. This program is provided FREE OF CHARGE to every Missouri family who participates.
How does it work?
The program consists of five major components:
Child Information and Emergency contacts
Dental bite impression
Two (2) laminated ID cards
We ask that all participants fill out a Permission Form to participate in the MoCHIP event. Parents or guardians then fill out the Information Collection Sheet with information about their child. All information is voluntary. (save time prior to the event–download and print out forms–fill out one set per child)
The digital photographs, digital fingerprints and Child information and emergency contacts are given to the parent or guardian of the child on a mini-CD computer disk. The information on the disk is compatible with the format required by the “AMBER ALERT” program.
The dental bite impression provides an impression of the biting surface of the child’s teeth, which like fingerprints, are unique to each individual. The dental impression collects enough saliva to provide a DNA sample and a source for a scent for trained canine search and recovery teams. Together, these five measures provide a powerful and recovery tool.
The Masonic Children’s Foundation retains no information concerning the children; only the signed permission form is retained by the Foundation.