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The Retinal Imaging Child Project
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children estimates that, on average, more than 2,000 children are reported missing every day across the nation. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Crime Information Center (NCIC) as of July 30, 2004 there were 47,842 active missing person cases in NCIC with 30,622 persons missing one year or more.


Today, there is no national registry of biometric identification information that could help locate and positively identify these missing children and adults.  The Children's Identification and Location Database (CHILD) Project has been created to help fill this critical need by creating a secure national database through the use of Iris Recognition Biometric Technology.


The problem of missing children is complex and multifaceted. There are different types of missing children including: family abductions; endangered runaways; non-family abductions; and lost, injured, or otherwise missing children. This complex and serious problem requires innovative solutions.


There are over 30 agencies in the United States and Canada working together to provide victim assistance and education. These agencies are increasingly turning to technology to help them in their efforts. From fingerprinting to digital photographs to the creation of a national clearinghouse, more options are now available to assist in the location of missing children.


In an effort to improve it's capabilities to identify and locate missing children, the Nation's Missing Children Organization (NMCO) has formed a unique alliance with The CHILD Project, LLC to create and implement the CHILD Project. The Children's Identification and Location Database is a nationwide network and registry, utilizing iris recognition biometric technology provided and supported by The CHILD Project, to quickly and positively identify missing children.


The CHILD Project is a secure nationwide network and registry that enables law enforcement and social service agencies throughout the county to locate and positively identify individuals with iris biometric recognition technology.  Complementing fingerprinting identification and related programs now in place, The CHILD Project will capture a digital photograph of the individual’s iris, along with basic demographic information.  This information stored in a national database allows positive identification of an individual in seconds.


Participation in The CHILD Project is voluntary and individuals may opt-out at any time.


For more information or to access The CHILD Project services contact the Herkimer County Sheriff’s Office at 315 867-1236 and ask for Sergeant Tom Adams



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The HCHN has been in existence since 1990. Its membership has continuously expanded and has served as an effective forum for Herkimer County providers to identify, discuss, and resolve health and social service issues and concerns. As a direct result of grants by the New York State Department of Health: Office of Rural Health, the Network significantly increased levels of coordination and collaboration among health and social service providers.

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