There are 2,741 posters of missing children listed at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). The posters typically include a photo accompanied by descriptive information and the circumstances surrounding the child’s disappearance. No sensitive information is posted such as social security numbers, address or medical information. So why would they be opposed to any on-line registry which would contain the same information but be used as a proactive measure should the child go missing?
A quick visit to their site under FAQ: Child ID you will find this statement.
Should the information be stored in a central database?
No. Some child ID systems use online registration features. Only parents and guardians should store and have access to these items and/or test results of their child(ren). NCMEC does not support storage of these items or test results for the purpose of providing child identification by law enforcement, government, schools, or any commercial company or third party, either for profit or not-for-profit.
However, even though companies such as the Child Alert Center have long advocated making this information available to parents and law enforcement on line, it appears it is a viable solution now that contributions or sponsorships are involved.
Is a child’s information safe online?
Yes, a child’s information is safe online with Family Trusted. There is no central database; rather, the information is stored in a “virtual vault.” Only parents, not Family Trusted, can unlock or access a child’s information by using a user ID and password. The ability to keep information secure and then have instant access to it in the case of a missing child is critical to search efforts when every second counts.
The Child Alert Center Charities, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit provides families of active military personnel registrations for free.