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Media Release - MASONICh.I.P. Turns 11!Wed, May 29th, 2019
What would you do if your child went missing? Would you be prepared?
MASONICh.I.P. Ontario – A sigh of Relief for Ontario Parents
Ontario Masons’ Child Identification program will celebrated it’s 11th anniversary and has completed over 73,000 child id kits free of charge to families in Ontario. Even though it is our hope that no parent should ever need to use their kit, Masons remain committed to providing this comprehensive program “just in case”.
No parent wants to believe that the unimaginable could happen to them, though nearly 55 children are reported missing to Police in Ontario every day (164 every day in Canada). According to Canada’s “Our Missing Children” network and “Ontario Child Find”, a current good quality photo is the single most effective tool in locating a missing child. Parents are encouraged to be prepared by having a MASONICh.I.P. Ontario (Ontario Masons’ Child Identification Program) – deemed “one of the most comprehensive child recovery and identification programs in the nation” by The National Center for Exploited and Missing Children--- kit done free of charge.
Sponsored by the Grand Lodge A. F. & A. M. of Canada in the Province of Ontario, the MASONICh.I.P. program consists of five major components – digital photographs; digital video; digital fingerprints; vital child information; and a Intra Oral Swab for DNA. The photographs, video, fingerprints, and child description are burned onto a C.D. that is compatible with Amber Alert. A saliva sample is provide for DNA. Combined, this five part process provides a dramatic, time-sensitive recovery tool for authorities.
Parents are urged to take the 10 to 15 minutes to have this very important kit prepared. Security and privacy are of utmost importance. All information is collected on site, processed, and provided to the parent or guardian in an envelope—along with the sentiment of all the Masonic volunteers – “We hope you never need to use it.” After each child is processed, the data is deleted from our state-of-the-art software. The only item retained by MasoniCHIP Ontario is the signed permission slip.
For further information on MASONICh.I.P. Ontario or future MASONICh.I.P. events, please check our website: www.masonichip.ca regularly for scheduled clinics in your area, or contact a Mason in your community.