NEW CASTLE — Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long has announced a statewide initiative to improve identifying and locating missing children.
The partnership was unveiled Wednesday at the Garfield Park Police Athletic League, alongside NFL Hall of Famer Randy White, former Philadelphia Eagles Pro Bowler Jeremiah Trotter and education and law enforcement leaders.
The effort between the state and the National Child ID Program will provide 156,000 at-home child ID kits to families beginning this year. These kits feature an inkless fingerprint solution, DNA storage, a place for medical/dental records and a section to provide details about a child’s physical description.
On average, over 1,000 children are reported missing each day in the United States. In 2022, 58 children were named missing in Delaware, according to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
The kits are already being used in several states. The distribution of the materials to Delaware’s K-12 students began Wednesday, one day before the 40th annual National Missing Children’s Day.