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ALEA urges parents to use back-to-school time to create child ID kits

(Source: WSFA 12 News file photo) (Source: WSFA 12 News file photo)

As children around Alabama head back to school, it's the perfect time for parents to make a note of some of their features just in case they ever go missing. Law enforcement officers recommend using this time to take and save a picture and write down their height and weight.

“When a child goes missing minutes count,” said Corporal Jess Thornton with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. “Authorities can only work with the info they are given, so an up-to-date photo and description of your child is important and vital in that search.”

One of the most important tools for law enforcement when searching for a missing child is a current, good quality photo and descriptive information.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children recommends keeping a Child ID kit. It's a simple tool to help families maintain current photos and descriptive information about their children. Here's the form.

“It’s also important that kids know their personal information and your information (address, name, phone numbers, parents names) so they can aid in the event they are lost or worse case abducted,” Corporal Thornton said. “It is important for parents to teach them those things and go over it with them and talk about safety tips with their kids and have plans in place.”

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