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DNA Child Safety Program

By: Will Jones
By: Will Jones

If a child in your family turned up missing what would you do? It's something none of us like to think about but those first few hours a child is missing are crucial in their safe return.

Nationwide, about 800,000 kids are reported missing each year. Joe Holland Chrysler in South Charleston hosted a child safety workshop to give parents the tools they need if their child is abducted.

The program provided parents with a digital photograph and video CD of their child. They were also given a home DNA identification kit.

The state of West Virginia is taking some measures of its own to protect children. The mountain state is the first state to use a new tool designed to quickly locate abducted children. School photos and physical descriptions of more than 300,000 K-12 students have been entered into a database called Amberview. The child's information would be distributed to police and media agencies within minutes of an amber alert. Police say the more information parents have about their children, the easier it is for police to find them.

A few items can go a long way to improve the chances of getting your child home safely if the unimaginable happens.

So far, all but one of West Virginia's counties are participating in Amberview. Mercer County is taking a wait-and-see approach before making this available to kids.


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