UT Extension joins Fisher, Kare Bear to promote child safety

UT Extension joins Fisher, Kare Bear to promote child safety

Posted: Thursday, July 8, 2010 8:02 pm

UT Extension joins Fisher, Kare Bear to promote child safety | National Child Identification Program
Over 800,000 children disappear every year — 450,000 run away, 300,000 are abducted by family members and 50,000 are abducted by non-family members.
This is one child every 40 seconds.
The Obion County office of the University of Tennessee Extension Service, Kare Bear Day Care in Union City and Roger and Jane Fisher of Rives have teamed up to help fight these statistics.
Fisher, an attorney and former FBI agent, is a member of the Hub City Chapter of former FBI agents in Jackson, which has adopted the National Child Identification Program as one of its many service projects.
The National Child Identification Program (NCIDP) was created in 1997 by the American Football Coaches Association as a community service initiative to help protect America’s youth and change the statistics related to missing children.
With the monetary assistance of the Hub City Chapter, 150 kits were made available to Kare Bear students at a recent parent/day care provider workshop. The kits are $4 each and include inkless fingerprint materials, wallet card and DNA Collection Swabs, along with instructions on how to use the kit. Fisher said the kits should be used appropriately and kept in a safe location by the child’s parent or guardian.
Anna Cox, UT Extension Career Edge intern, recently presented a program on “Stranger Danger” to parents and day care providers during a workshop. Mrs. Fisher, wife of Roger Fisher and Obion County Council Family and Community Education president and vice president of the Crystal FCE Club, has promoted this program as well via UT Extension FCE Clubs.
Copies of the Stranger Danger DVD are available at the Extension office and may be obtained by calling Extension agent Benita Giffin at 885-3742. The videos, which cost $6 each, are geared towards children ages 4 and older and are hosted by John Walsh of the television show America’s Most Wanted. They are also helpful to parents and day care providers.
Children should never give out personal information and should have a safe circle of 10 feet around them at all times. If they find themselves in a situation which “does not feel right,” they should use their loudest and strongest voice to inform others around them. Children who are lost in a store should seek out an employee.
Some helpful websites include www.missingkids.com, www.amberwatchfoundation.org and www.thesafeside.com.
Kits, which have helped protect more than 21 million children, are available on the website www.childidprogram.com.
Published in The Messenger 7.8.10

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