Child ID is a free program offered through the Community Policing Offices in the Regional District of Central Okanagan and the City of Kelowna. Its another example of how volunteers work with the RCMP and the community to make their neighborhoods safer places in which to live, work and play.
What is Child ID?
Community Policing offices take the safety of our children very seriously. Do you have a record of your childs personal information, medical history and a recent picture? As a responsible parent, you should. Child ID is a community service project that is designed to provide parents with accurate documentation about your child or children. This service is provided FREE and at no cost to you. Please note, the RCMP does not keep a copy of these documents. Please keep your copies in a safe place.
What information should you have for each child?
- A recent photograph (head shot). Child ID recommends children of school age be photographed each year and that pre-school children, particularly those under age 2, be photographed at least every six months.
- Medical records, including drugs, allergies or medications that might be needed.
- Height and Weight.
- Identifying marks, such as birthmarks, scars etc.
- Copies of custody papers, passports, and birth certificates, as applicable.
Why should I fingerprint my child?
Fingerprints will not find a missing child. However, they do help in identification once a child has been found.
How often should a child be fingerprinted?
Although they never change throughout life, it is useful to repeat fingerprinting that has been done on youngsters under the age of 7, because once the child reaches this age, the prints become better defined. A child's footprint is often taken instead of fingerprints until they reach the age of 2 years. Handprints are taken between the ages of 2 6 years.