Nothing is as terrifying as the thought of our children’s safety being compromised. As parents, this is our main job, to keep our children safe, to protect them from the horrors of the world for as long as possible. However, no matter how hard we try, there are forces in this world that are constantly putting children in danger. This Free Child Safety Kit won’t keep those forces away, but it will help find your child faster should danger ever cause them to go missing.
Just recently I received and Amber Alert on my phone for a 10 year old girl who had gone missing just a few miles from my home. These alerts always break my heart, but I have to admit that it being so close shook me up. I immediately started checking the news channels, hoping for word of her safety, searching for information of anyone suspicious to watch for.
One thing I noticed while sifting through the news stories was that while she went missing on a Wednesday evening, the amber alert wasn’t issued until Thursday afternoon. That’s almost 18 hours after she should have returned home!
For those of you who are unfamiliar with this program, Amber Alerts are one of the first lines of action when a child may be in danger. The alert is sent out through news agencies, radio broadcasts and even text messages, giving citizens a description of the child who is missing and also one of the possible abductor and their vehicle if known.
Getting this information out as soon as possible is of the utmost importance. According to this article, of the children abducted and murdered by strangers, 75% are killed within the first three hours in the USA. This is staggering, horrifying….terrifying. It means that, God Forbid, if our children ever go missing, we need a way to get the correct information to the authorities as quickly as possible.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t spout out each of my children’s height and weight upon demand, and certainly not under stress! I get flabbergasted and nervous, if asked, I might forget an important defining characteristic or make a guess that turns out to be incorrect.
Knowing the importance of having this information on hand, I began searching for child safety kits online and found a company offering them for free…I thought.
This company came to my house and very nicely helped me fill out all the information on my children. I was so relieved to have an easily accessible packet of EVERYTHING that physically defines my children. Then they started their own pitch; life insurance. I literally couldn’t get them out the door. While I appreciated their service, by FREE I did not expect to have a stranger in my house trying to force life insurance down my throat for an hour, then calling and sending material for weeks afterwards!
I want other parents to have easy access to this important tool. A child safety kit is extremely important for getting an Amber Alert out as quickly as possible. The more information the better. Citizens are surprisingly helpful when these alerts go out, they immediately open their eyes to suspicious characters, to children who fit the missing child’s description.
Therefore, I took my considerable lack of computer skills and spent an obnoxious amount of time figuring how to create my own Child Safety Kit. I was even able to turn it into a printable that my readers can have for FREE. For real, this is FREE. All you have to do is sign up for my newsletter…and we all know how easy it is to unsubscribe if you choose to do so. I won’t be offended, I simply want you to have this tool in the event of tragedy. Here are is a preview…
You can subscribe below and I will send you your printable in an email immediately!
Along with the printable you will need to head to your local WalMart or craft store for an ink pad (washable is fine, but getting the office grade ink pad is better for a good fingerprint) and also some small snack baggies for the hair samples.
Your kids will actually have a fun time filling these out, mine certainly did! Here is a quick video on how to take the best fingerprints and ANOTHER video on how to take prints at home if you don’t have an ink pad. When gathering the hair sample, be sure to get 2-3 strands and to pull out the entire hair with the root….while your kiddos won’t really like how this feels, it is a necessary step, and mine actually thought it was kind of funny!
Sadly, the body of the missing girl from our town was found a few hours after the Amber Alert was issued. I cried, alone in the bathroom, for her parents, for her last few horrifying hours on earth. While we all knew in our hearts that the body was the girl from the Amber Alert, they were unable to confirm this information for almost 24 hours. 24 HOURS! A full day of her parents desperately hoping it wasn’t her; of her mother needing to know, but not wanting the truth.
While a child safety kit is important for getting an Amber Alert out faster, it is also a useful tool should the Alert find the child unresponsive. No parent should have to wait an entire day, or longer, to know if their child has been lost forever. The child safety kit, which includes fingerprints and hair samples. will help confirm or deny identity in the shortest amount of time possible.
God forbid any of our children ever go missing. It is my greatest fear, and my biggest reason for hovering. However, should the worst occur, I know that this kit will give the authorities the most information to work with in the fastest way possible.