Child Abduction: The FBI's Child ID App

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According to the United States Department of Justice, each year about 350,000 children are abducted against the backdrop of divorce or separation. The FBI's first mobile application, which is free and available in iPhone and Android versions, helps the authorities begin a more immediate and effective investigation if your child is abducted. With the FBI's Child ID App you can securely store photos and up to date identifying information about your child on your smartphone. With the click of a button, you can provide that information to the authorities to aid in their search.

As a practical result, the authorities will begin their search for your child sooner. Each minute it takes to relay a description of the your child to the authorities, while you are in a heightened state of anxiety and distress, is one less minute that the authorities have to conduct their search with the most accurate identifying information about your child available to them. The app also includes safety advice and helpful checklists for parents. It is a valuable resource.

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