The Green Bay Packers are teaming up with the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) to announce the distribution of Child ID Kits to nearly 1 million children throughout the state of Wisconsin to assist law enforcement in locating missing children.
The Child ID Kit, which will be distributed during the 2015-16 school year, contains fingerprinting materials, DNA collection swabs, and other resources to allow parents and guardians to easily record information about their children on cards that are kept at their homes to be shared with authorities if ever needed in order to locate a missing child.
"The Green Bay Packers are proud to support this initiative that will enhance child safety throughout Wisconsin," said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy. "Our families and communities will be served very well to have this resource available."
"We are proud to join the Green Bay Packers and Mark Murphy in a project to protect nearly 1 million children in Wisconsin," said Kenny Hansmire of the Child ID Kit program. "Mark has always supported the American Football Coaches Association's efforts in protecting our nation's children. We are assembling a great team which will include Wisconsin-based Nekoosa Coated Products to move this project forward. Because of these partnerships Wisconsin's children will be safer."
The Packers are teaming up to make the announcement this week with the Detroit Lions, who are leading a similar effort in the state of Michigan. Prior to Sunday's game, the Packers' Mark Murphy will join Lions President Tom Lewand to present a ceremonial first kit on Lambeau Field.
The National Child Identification Program is a community-service initiative dedicated to providing parents and guardians with a tool they can use to help protect their children. Launched by the AFCA in 1997 with a goal of fingerprinting 20 million children, the program has exceeded expectations with more than 38 million kits being distributed making it the largest child identification effort ever conducted. In 2005, Nekoosa Coated Paper became the exclusive provider of fingerprint materials for the Child ID Program.