National Child ID Program

For a parent, there is nothing more terrifying than not knowing where your children are. An estimated 800,000 children are reported missing in the United States each year. That’s roughly one every 40 seconds. Nearly half are runaways.

Established nearly two decades ago by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), the National Child ID Program distributes a Child ID Kit, which allows parents to collect and secure vital fingerprint and DNA information in the event a child is abducted.

Firefighters see the agony of child abduction up close. That’s why the California Fire Foundation and California Professional Firefighters (CPF) are joining in a partnership with AFCA to get Child ID Kits to the parents of California school children.

Our Goal: Bring Child ID Kits to the parents of every California kindergartener, through nearly 180 CPF local affiliates.

Why Firefighters? Firefighters live and work in every neighborhood. They’re uniquely positioned to bring the kits to communities … through school visits, public safety fairs or at fire stations. In addition, firefighter local unions are actively engaged in community service outreach, making them ideal role models.

Getting Involved: Every CPF affiliate can bring Child ID to their schools and communities. Local union presidents can simply fill out an online request form, indicating the number of kits needed and what your plan would be for getting them out.

(Must be filled out by local union president)

Open enrollment in the program will be held on an ongoing basis.

To learn more about this exciting partnership, contact the California Fire Foundation by email at or phone at (800) 890-3213.