Why To Get a DNA Profile For Your Child

Approximately 800,000 US children go missing each year. It’s a nightmarish scenario for any parent to consider, but it’s a reality that we all must face.

While there is no way to prepare yourself for the anguish of having a child go missing — and often no way to prevent the child from disappearing in the first place — you can prepare a DNA profile to include in your child identification file.

What is a child ID profile, and why is a DNA profile a good component to include? Here are the details.

Why Create Your Child’s DNA Profile?

Child Identification Profile

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recommends that every family create and maintain a child identification profile (or child ID) for each child in their family. This child ID will help the necessary law enforcement search for your child should that need ever arise.

Here are the elements the FBI suggests including in the child ID:

  • One recent photo of your child — be sure their face is clearly visible. It’s best if no other people are included in the photo.Lee's Summit | Why To Get a DNA Profile For Your Child
  • Specific characteristics about your child’s appearance, such as their hair color, eye color, height and weight (update them as needed), and any birth marks or physical elements that set them apart.
  • Your child’s fingerprints.
  • Your child’s DNA profile.

Law enforcement will find your child ID, especially the DNA profile, invaluable during their investigation.

Other Uses for a DNA Profile

In addition to its utility in cases of crimes such as kidnapping, your child’s DNA profile will also prove useful in the following situations:

  • Natural disasters or other emergencies: if you are separated from your child in the event of a tornado, earthquake, hurricane, fire, or other disaster, you can use your child’s DNA profile to identify them.
  • Hospital mix-ups or accidents: if your child is in a traumatic or large-scale accident, they could suffer from memory loss or confusion. With a DNA profile, you’ll be able to better identify them.
  • Evaluation of genetic health risks: your health care provider can view your child’s DNA profile and identify any problems or health risks your child may face. This is especially helpful in cases of adoption, where your child’s genetic background and health history may not be known.
  • Ancestral history: your child’s DNA profile can also be used to delve more deeply into their genetic ancestry. Again, parents with adopted children may find this useful, as you can learn more about your child’s background and educate them on their ancestral roots.

Create Your Child’s DNA Profile in Kansas City

Ready to make your child’s DNA profile? The process is quick and affordable, but the results will be priceless. To learn more about getting a DNA profile, contact ARCpoint Labs of Lee’s Summit today at (816) 875-9301.

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