FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Governor Rick Perry today announced a
statewide identification program that's meant to help find children who turn up missing.
Perry was in Fort Worth to offer details on Child Identification Kits that will be made available to the parents of students in kindergarten through sixth grades.
A $1.8 million state grant to the Sheriff's Association of Texas will help, along with private donations, to distribute about two million kits.
The kits are meant to help parents record and store the fingerprints of their children, along with D-N-A information and physical characteristics.
The effort includes the National Child Identification Program, the American Football Coaches Association and the Texas Association
of School Administrators.
Each kit will have:
-- an inkless fingerprint card
-- two swabs to get a child's D-N-A from saliva
-- and a laminated wallet card for a photo and physical description of the youngsters.
You can learn more about the program by going to www.governor.state.tx.us