The Nebraska Freemasons Child Identification Program (CHIP) addresses the alarming fact that over 800,000 children are reported missing in the United States each year. According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, on average in the United States, a child is reported missing every 43 seconds. In 2005, over 2,000 children were reported missing in Nebraska. While most are found, many are not. Also, the abduction of children is both under-reported and rapidly increasing in our society.
CHIP Events held in Nebraska since July 2004: 416
Number of children through the program since July 2004: 45,492 (updated 10/01/2018)
What is CHIP?
CHIP is an acronym for CHild Identification Program*. The Masonic CHIP Kit is recognized by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children as the most comprehensive service of its kind anywhere. CHIP is provided at no charge to the public and all of the identifying items generated during CHIP are given to the child's family
The CHIP Kit includes:
Digital Video Interview (on CD)
Digital Fingerprints (on CD)
Digital Photograph (on CD)
Toothprints™ bite impression
Scent Pad (to be done at home)
CHIP events are held at various locations throughout Nebraska. Check the Calendar of Events page to find an event near you. At an event, parents or legal guardians must sign a permission form for their child/ren to participate in the program.
Events are offered at no cost to parents so that anyone wanting their child/ren to participate can do so. All identifying items generated at CHIP events are the sole property and given to the child's parent or legal guardian, are placed in a bag along with safety education information and taken home for safe keeping in case the need arises to give the items to law enforcement to help find a missing person. Only the signed permission form is retained by the Masons of Nebraska.
Events consist of Masons setting up equipment and enlisting volunteers to generate individual kits that contain identifying items. These items are vital to law enforcement agencies in the recovery and identification of missing persons, and aid in the prosecution of perpetrators.
*The program has nothing to do with "placing chips" in children, or anyone for that matter. CHIP is simply an acronym.
CHIP Forms Available Online