In the year 2000 Today’s THV, Arkansas State Police and the Morgan Nick Foundation developed the first ever system, Morgan Nick Photo ID program, to aid law enforcement in getting an adequate photo of an abducted child out to the community faster. Using a digital camera that took a photo directly onto a floppy disk gave police a picture they could e-mail to other law enforcement agencies and to local television stations for immediate broadcast across the state. For the past six years, organizations, agencies and schools have held Morgan Nick Photo ID events and have taken hundreds of thousands of children’s photos on floppy disks.

Over the years, the Morgan Nick Photo ID program has witnessed a significant change in digital technology. Small memory and flash cards have replaced the floppy disk . In essence, the digital photography revolution has changed how our program works today.

In 2006, more and more families will own digital cameras which plug directly into a computer or printer. So, Today’s THV, Arkansas State Police and the Morgan Nick Foundation want to encourage families to keep an updated digital photo of their child in their camera and home computer. Save this specific picture under file name Morgan Nick Photo ID so it can be accessed quickly in case of an emergency and e-mailed across the state. Update this picture every six months, especially for younger children.

Below you will find how the Arkansas State Police encourage individuals to take child photos for possible emergency situations.

  • Head on, bust up, picture of child not smiling. If child wears glasses, please take one with and without glasses.
  • Profile, shoulder up, picture of child not smiling. For long hair place behind ear.
  • If the child has a visible birthmark or scar on face, arms or legs., please take close up.

Today’s THV, Arkansas State Police and the Morgan Nick Foundation are committed to improving the Morgan Nick Amber Alert and Morgan Nick Photo ID program. Technology has already helped and will continue to play a valuable role in getting children home quicker following the initial report of an abduction. Therefore, we encourage parents and guardians to take the time to take a picture, save and file – it can make a critical difference for your child.

Homemade DNA Kit:

A do-it-yourself DNA kit is designed to provide valuable information to law enforcement should your child ever become missing.  In the event you should ever need to have the DNA developed, law enforcement will assist you with that process.

1 zip-lock freezer bag

1 inexpensive plastic comb

3 gauze squares or Q-tips

1 baby tooth

Fingernail clippers

  • Run a cheap plastic comb through child's hair.  Leave all loose hair in the comb and drop the comb and hair into freezer bag.
  • Use 1 gauze square or Q-tip and swab it inside the child's right cheek.  Repeat this procedure swabbing the inside of the left cheek. Drop both swabs into the bag.
  • Use the remaining gauze the next time your child skins a knee to preserve a sample of his/her blood.  Place this into the bag, also.
  • Clip the child's fingernails and place the clippings in the bag.
  • If your child has lost any baby teeth, place one into the bag as well.
  • Label the bag with your child's name and place the entire kit into your freezer.  The kit should be well preserved for years if it remains frozen.

For more information about DNA kids, please call the Morgan Nick Foundation toll free at 1-877-543-HOPE or e-mail us here.

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