Football coaches support program to fingerprint kids

Wednesday, September 20th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- A national organization is offering parents free kits to fingerprint their children.

The American Football Coaches Association and Inkless Image are taking the I.D. Care Kits to football stadiums across the country in hopes parents will use them to make it easier to identify missing children who are found.

Nearly 20 thousand of the kits were given out at the end of the Oklahoma-Arkansas State football game in Norman two weeks ago.

The National Child Identification Program is trying to fingerprint as many children as possible, as well as get parents to keep medical and dental records and physical descriptions in one location.

A-F-C-A Director Grant Teaff says he started the program four years ago after learning that more than 800,000 kids disappear in the United States each year.