LOST & FOUND®
CHILD IDENTIFICATION KIT
THERE ARE SEVERAL MAJOR COMPONENTS TO THE LOST & FOUND CHILD IDENTIFICATION KIT
1. PHOTO ID EMERGENCY CARD
(for private home storage until such time as needed)
Detail the CHILD name, street, address, city, state & zip code. Also, Social Security #, blood type, eye color and hair color.
Make sure that you fill in all the necessary information and affix a current picture to the ID Kit. Update the photo at least once a
It is important that you ask your doctor for your child’s blood type.
Document in the PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS section, any birthmarks, scars, or moles and include any other identifying
marks such as piercing, tattoos, prosthetics, disabilities or previously broken bones. You may attach any of your doctor’s notes,
statements or comments to the ID KIT.
Bring the Emergency Card to your dentist office on your next exam and have the dentist complete the dental chart.
Be sure to fully complete all the important information contained in the LOST & FOUND Child Identification Kit.
Toothprints® Bite Impressions were developed by a pediatric dentist, who began using dental bite impressions as a way of
safeguarding his own child and other young patients. Toothprints are an arch - shaped thermoplastic wafer that is a simple way of
documenting your child’s unique tooth characteristics, record the size and shape of the teeth, tooth position within the arch, and
the relationship of the upper and lower jaw all important identifiers. The saliva adhering to the wafer may additionally provide a
DNA sample as well and when the Toothprints wafer is sealed in a “zipper” type plastic bag, enough scent remains for a trained
dog to identify and track with it.
1) Remove contents of one package onto tray or counter.
2) Boil water, ensuring that the water temperature is 170º F (77º C) or greater.
3) Immerse the Toothprints wafer into the hot water bath for a minimum of 15-30 seconds until softened.
4) Instruct the child to open as wide as possible for insertion.
5) Place the softened Toothprint wafer into child’s mouth on lower arch (note: wafer can be stretched to fit any arch form).
6) Instruct child to bite hard into softened wafer and hold for 20 seconds to record dentition and capture saliva.
7) Remove Toothprint wafer from child’s mouth and place in bag on counter to cool for 2 - 3 minutes (note: do not rinse
Toothprint impression after mouth removal or you will risk losing any captured DNA in saliva).
8) Write child’s name and date of impression in the space provided on the supplied Toothprints plastic bag.
Do not use hot tap water - water temperature must reach 170º F.
Store Toothprints with the LOST & FOUND complete Child ID Kit.
Suggested ages for recording tooothprint records are 3, 8 and 13. At these age intervals, it is important to capture growth
changes in your child’s development.
3. FINGERPRINT RECORDS
Provides an area in the main EMERGENCY CARD for your child’s
1) Practice first with one finger on a blank piece of paper to make sure that your technique does not smear the fingerprint.
2) With the NON-TOXIC INK STRIP found in the kit, starting from the left of the ink strip, roll your child’s RIGHT THUMB
from left to right and apply the fingerprint onto the chart immediately.
3) When applying, roll from left to right exactly in the same manner as you applied the ink. DO NOT PRESS ON THE FINGER
AS THAT WILL SMEAR THE FINGERPRINT CARD.
4) Proceed with the remaining fingers; the right index finger, right middle finger, right ring finger and finally, the right little
finger on the ink strip, applying each finger onto the fingerprint chart, where each finger is indicated.
5) Then follow with the LEFT hand. Start with the left thumb, then the left index finger, left middle finger, left ring finger and
finally, the left little finger. Then proceed to clean the child’s fingers with the supplied Alcohol wipe. You have completed
the emergency card.
4. DNA ISOLATION PAPER
The LOST & FOUND DNA ISOLATION PAPER is manufactured by WHATMAN®. It is a simple process to collect, extract, and
store DNA. With the enclosed foam tipped swab applicator, you will capture enough saliva from the cheek and gum of your child to
deposit that cell material on the WHATMAN® Indicating FTA Micro Card to provide a forensic DNA sample for storage at room
temperature for 28 years.
You will have collected the proper amount of cellular DNA material when you scrape the lower inside cheek along the jaw line. The
DNA is invisible to the naked eye. Just make sure you immediately place the saliva onto the FTA Micro Card. Once you have
collected the proper amount of buccal material (cheek cells), the sterile foam tipped applicator will be wet from the saliva drawn with
the cheek cells. You will also save the swab upon completion.
Nontoxic chemicals embedded in the paper break open the cellular contents protecting the DNA in addition to deactivating most
harmful bacteria and viruses. The paper card has
a flap that further protects the DNA sample from being touched when sealed in a paper storage sleeve, such as an envelope. When the
DNA is protected from light, air and the physical environment, the captured DNA sample can be directly analyzed.
1) Write your child’s name on the FTA Micro Card.
2) Put on the supplied latex-free, blue nitrile exam glove.
3) Remove the sterile foam tipped swab applicator from its paper package, making sure that nothing comes in contact with the
4) Open your child’s mouth and swipe the swab along the lower cheek, making sure that you scrape the inside of the jaw with
the swab tip.
5) Once you have swiped both sides of the lower jaw, wetting the swab with a fair amount of saliva, place the tip of the swab
in contact with the circle of the WHATMAN® DNA FTA Micro card. Transfer is immediate. Let dry for one hour.
6) Using a dry paper towel, place the foam applicator on the paper towel and let it AIR dry at room temperature for an hour.
7) After one hour, take the foam applicator and put it back in the paper package that it came in and close the cover of the FTA
Micro card like a matchbook.
8) The foam tipped applicator in its original package will be used to send to the lab for DNA analysis.
9) This will allow you to save the WHATMAN® DNA isolation paper in your home as permanent backup.
10) When you need to have the DNA analyzed, simply send the sterile foam tipped applicator in its paper package to a
The LOST & FOUND Child Identification Kit is the industries most complete source of identification materials and storage longevity.
The components of the LOST & FOUND Child Identification Kit should be stored at room temperature,
preferably in a dark space with little to no sunlight. It is important that all individual pieces and parts of the ID
Kit be clearly marked with the child’s name on it in permanent marker. It is specially important that each individual piece be
marked with the child’s name on it if you have ID Kits for more than one child.
Remember to update the physical characteristics and photos in your kit at least once a year.
After drying the DNA paper properly for one hour, you may store the paper in the plastic bag that it came in or a plain white paper
Why should I collect and store DNA?
1) The ultimate personal identification method is one's own DNA.
2) DNA can be used to positively identify an individual or link an individual to a particular place by leaving biological material
containing DNA behind.
3) DNA can be used to determine relationship identity, i.e. paternity issues.
4) DNA is the ultimate method to positively trace family lineage for genealogy research.
5) Archive your family's DNA for whatever future needs may arise.
6) Your DNA is an invaluable template of personal information that you can pass down to future generations.
7) With our kits you control your DNA and Storage.
8) When the time comes you or your family member can send the sealed envelope to a DNA laboratory to be analyzed.
9) The DNA can be prepared directly from the paper and analyzed by a laboratory.
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