MARKHAM | Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart's office will provide free child identification kits from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at the Sixth District Cook County Circuit Court, 16501 S. Kedzie Parkway, allowing parents to store critical identifying information about their children that would assist law enforcement if the child goes missing.
Dart is participating in a national campaign commemorating National Missing Children's Day, which is Saturday.
The kits contain supplies to collect DNA and fingerprint samples at home and include space to keep recent photographs. The ability to provide such items to police during the initial stages of a missing child investigation plays a critical role in expediting the search, according to a news release.
In October, Dart convened a child protection unit dedicated to locate missing and abducted children in Cook County. To date, the unit has located 155 children.