For the 12 year year, the Jefferson DeFrees Family Center, Warren City Police, and Explorer Post 312 will partner to provide families with free photo identification and fingerprint kits at the Warren County Fair. This year's event will be held Thursday Aug. 8 through Saturday, Aug.10 from 1-7 p.m. next to the 4-H Center at the fair.
As much as we would like to believe that our children would never come up missing, the reality is it can and does. According to the FBI there are more than one million children a year reported as missing and a photo id is the single most important tool in helping to recover them.
The Kidsafe kits contain a place for a yearly photograph, information regarding the child's height, weight, hair and eye color and other personal information along with their fingerprints. These kits are recommended for children age six weeks and older and can be updated with a new photograph each year.
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Warren City Police Sgt. Brandon Deppen and Cindy Paulmier, Executive Director of the Jefferson DeFrees Family Center, are shown with children at the center getting ready for their fingerprints.
Because children change so much from one year to the next, parents are encouraged to bring their old Kidsafe booklets and have a photograph taken each year. The whole process takes just a few minutes. And unlike a school picture where children are posed and dressed in their finest, a Kidsafe photo id shows the child as they are day to day. The project is supported by the Kiwanis Club of Warren and the Jefferson DeFrees Family Center. For more information contact the Jefferson DeFrees Family Center at 723-6350.