Project Kidsafe returns to the Warren County Fair

A child disappears in a crowd at the mall. A toddler wanders out an open door. A teen doesn’t return from a friend’s house. Every year, according to the FBI, there are more than one million children reported as missing. One of the most important tools for law enforcement when searching for a missing child is an up-to-date, quality photo along with descriptive information.

Jefferson DeFrees Family Center and the Warren City Police Explorer Post 312 will partner for their 14th year at the Warren County Fair to host Project Kidsafe, a free event advocating child safety. This year’s event will be held Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Aug. 7 – 9, from 1 to 7 p.m., next to the 4-H Center. Project Kidsafe equips families with fingerprinting and identification kits to provide a permanent record of their child’s vital statistics should an emergency arise.

Each Project Kidsafe packet contains a place for a yearly photograph, the child’s weight, height, hair and eye color in addition to personal information about the child, and the fingerprint card. The identification packets are recommended for children ages 6 weeks and older and can be updated each year. The entire time to complete this packet requires just a few minutes and there is no cost to the family.

Parents, law enforcement, and members of the community must all work together to ensure children will be protected and have access to help if they need it. With the support of the Warren County Fair and the Warren County 4-H, this community service project has accommodated more than 7,000 children. Let’s continue to make this event a success! Child safety everyone’s responsibility.