Child ID Program

For information on the AFCA's Child Identification Program, visit the Child I.D. website at:

The National Child Identification Program (NCIDP) was created in 1997 by the American Football Coaches Association as a community service initiative to help protect America’s youth and change the statistics related to missing children. Each year approximately 800,000 children go missing every year. That is one child every 40 seconds.
• 450,000 run away from home.
• 300,000 are abducted by family members.
• 58,000 are abducted by non-family members.

The National Child Identification Program provides parents and guardians with a clean, convenient way to record their child’s fingerprints and physical characteristics on a card they can keep at home. The NCIP has become the largest child identification effort ever conducted. Since 1997, more than 30 million inkless Child I.D. Kits have been distributed by various organizations at football stadiums and in schools across the country. 

The resounding success of the National Child Identification Program is due in large to its dedicated partners and sponsors. NCIDP along with the sponsors are working together to accomplish the goal of fingerprinting all 60 million children in the United States.

In the fall of 2001, the FBI partnered with NCIDP, allowing the program to supply I.D. Kits to more than 18,000 state and local law enforcement agencies across the country. The partnership decentralizes the fingerprinting process for law enforcement and greatly increases the number of children protected in each community.

Child I.D. Program Sponsors
National Night Out
American Airlines
Best Western Hotels
Burmah Castrol
Clear Channel Communications
Hershey Foods Corporation
Kroger Food Stores
National Council of Youth Sports
Rotary Clubs
Touchstone Energy Cooperatives

The teamwork between coaches, athletes, elected officials, as well as the partners mentioned above will continue to allow NCIDP to grow and expand its goal of protecting every child in America. The AFCA has continued to support and expand this program by providing distribution at more than 600 stadiums nationwide. 

Stadium Initiative
If you would like ID kits for your university, college or NFL game, please complete a participation form. To obtain the form, please call the Child ID Program at 972-934-2211.

How to Obtain a Kit
Families who would like to receive a Child I.D. Kit for their child can also order the kits by calling 972-934-2211 or via the internet at

The Kit
Each kit is enclosed in a standard #10 letter-sized envelope and is comprised of an inkless fingerprinting foil pouch, containing a clear, non-toxic fingerprint solution, and an I.D. Card which includes: 

• Step-by-step instructions detailing how to take a fingerprint

• An area to practice fingerprinting 

• A standard fingerprint area that can be used by law enforcement

• Sections for recording the child’s physical description and identifying marks

• Space for a current photograph

• Sections for recording a doctor’s phone numbers

The National Child Identification Program was launched at the West Virginia/Miami football game on September 27, 1997. On that day, the University of Miami distributed nearly 12,000 I.D. Kits. That year, more than one million ID Kits were distributed at NCAA Division I-A college stadiums. In 1998, the AFCA expanded the program to the NFL and all NCAA divisions - Division IA, I-AA, II and III.

Government Resolutions
On April 26, 1999, in support of the need for thorough child identification, the Texas Senate passed Senate Resolution No. 685 and the Texas House of Representatives passed H.R. Resolution No. 735. Both resolutions determined that every one of more than four million children attending public schools in the state of Texas would be offered an inkless ID Kit. 

Safety for Texas School Children
Then-governor George W. Bush, and former President of the United States, declared March 2000 as "Child Identification Month" in the state of Texas to focus public attention on ways to protect young people from harm. In the fall of 2000, with the help of Clear Channel Worldwide, Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman and Nolan Ryan, free inkless I.D. Kits were distributed to nearly four million schoolchildren in kindergarten through 12th grade in the state of Texas, making Texas the first and only state to provide all of its schoolchildren with an I.D. kit.

Recognized by Congress
The National Child Identification Program and the AFCA were recognized by Congress in 2001 with the unanimous passage of House Congressional Resolution 100, which commended the AFCA for its dedication and efforts in protecting children by providing a vital means for locating the nation's missing, abducted and runaway children.

Future Plans
The National Child Identification Program is currently launching a grassroots effort with law enforcement as well as school districts and other organizations across the country to reach our goal of fingerprinting all 60 million children in the United States. We also recognize that in the coming years, there will be approximately 217 million adults in need of identification, including missing, abducted or lost persons and those suffering from Alzheimer's disease. In addition to helping to educate families about child safety, the National Child Identification Program hopes to begin the inkless fingerprinting process for adults in coming years as well.

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