Annual Houston Child Identification Program

The annual Houston Child Identification Program is 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. today at Houston Elementary School.

The program – hosted by Houston Masons and Eastern Star – consists of five major components-digital photographs, digital fingerprints, vital child information and emergency contacts, a dental bite impression and two laminated ID cards. The photographs, fingerprints and child data are burned onto a mini-CD that is compatible with the AMBER ALERT system already in place. The dental impression provides a virtual diagram of the child’s biting surface, which, like fingerprints is unique to each individual and further supplies enough saliva to provide a DNA sample that can also be used as scent source for trained canine search teams. Combined, this five-part process provides a dramatic, time-sensitive recovery tool for authorities.

For more information, visit or go to the Facebook page titled “Annual Houston Child Identification Program.” You can also contact Rick Graeff at 417-547-3057 and Bennie Cook at 417-260-2382 or e-mail

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