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Free child ID kits offered

Child safety brochures also available at Newhall Community Center

Posted: May 20, 2008 2:59 a.m.
Updated: July 21, 2008 5:02 a.m.
 
The Newhall Community Center is offering free child identification kits through May 31 to give local parents the tools they would need if their children were to ever go missing.

As part of National Missing Children's Day, the Santa Clarita-based Mothers Against Sexual Predators of California is now providing the community center with identification kits containing fingerprinting materials, a place to keep a current photograph of their child and a place to record distinctive characteristics like birthmarks so that parents have what they need to provide to law enforcement officials.

"It's a way for parents to get all the information they need if their child goes missing, so that if anything would happen they have what they need," said Lena Smyth, co-founder of the organization.

The group is also providing brochures on child safety as part of the Take 25 program, which urges parents to take 25 minutes to discuss 25 safety tips with their children.

"It is alarming to know that nearly 800,000 kids are reported missing each year," said Santa Clarita City Councilwoman Laurie Ender. "As a city and as a community it is imperative we do all that we can to help reduce that number."

All of the materials are available in English and Spanish. The Newhall Community Center is located at 22421 Market Street. For more information visit to www.maspofcalifornia.org.

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