A South Dakota Child Identification Program is scheduled for today in Aberdeen.
The program is part of MASONCHIP, an initiative of the Masons of North America that generates packages of identifying items of children for parents or guardians. The kits include dental impressions, DNA cheek swabs, digital still photos, fingerprints and video-imaged interviews. All of the items are returned to the child's family. The aim is for it to be used should the child ever go missing.
The event will be from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at the Yelduz Shrine, 802 S. Main St. There is no charge.
Agencies that help with the program include Masonship International, the South Dakota Academy of Physicians Assistant, the South Dakota Sheriff's Association, the South Dakota Dental Association, the South Dakota Highway Patrol and the South Dakota Attorney General's Office.