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Child Complete ID and DNA Kits
03/26/2009
Ms. Judy Hayes
Missing Children Clearinghouse
Office: (503) 934-0188

(Note: A link to other Oregon missing children is available on this website in the Missing Children Clearinghouse index at http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/MCC/child_index.shtml )
 
Child Complete ID and DNA Kit photograph link valid for 30 days
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Following Wednesday's update regarding the Stephanie Condon investigation in Douglas County, the Oregon State Police û Missing Children Clearinghouse (MCC) wants to remind people of a useful resource that may prove invaluable in missing children cases.
 
Since 1999, the MCC has purchased over 125,000 ID kits that have been distributed throughout Oregon. Last year, the MCC began distributing the newer ID Complete Child Identification and DNA kits that contain the cheek swab for DNA collection. The free kits, available in English and Spanish, take only a few minutes to fill out and contain valuable information useful to police in the event that a child became missing.
 
"These kits continue to be a wonderful proactive method to be prepared in case your child ever becomes missing," says Judy Hayes of the Oregon State Police - Missing Children Clearinghouse. "They are also a great way to help open up communication lines with your children regarding child safety."

 
Since more than half of the missing person entries in LEDS (Law Enforcement Data System) involve juveniles, the Oregon State Police MCC emphasizes to parents to be proactive by preparing an ID kit and keep it home so it could be available during the first hours a child is missing. The MCC provides the free kits that include an area for a photograph, fingerprints, dental records, physical information, and a DNA sample.
 
Hayes pointed out the importance of having updated photographs placed in the kits as your child's look changes. "Whether it is your first ID kit or not, an updated photograph should be placed in the kit each year. Statistics have shown that one in six missing children are located or recovered because of a photograph," said Hayes.

 
The child ID Complete kits were purchased with money raised during the annual Oregon State Police Missing Children Golf Benefit held in Salem. The 2008 golf benefit raised $9,300 to help buy 15,000 to 17,000 child ID kits.
 
Parents and families may obtain a child ID Complete kit from the Oregon State Police - Missing Children Clearinghouse at (503) 934-0188 or outside Salem at 1-800-282-7155 or e-mail judy.hayes@state.or.us.  Please provide your name, address and call back phone number when making a request.