- Associated Press - Thursday, August 4, 2016

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - State officials will be in Sioux Falls this weekend to encourage parents to register their children in a comprehensive child identification program.

The South Dakota Child Identification Program will collect information to register children at the Sioux Empire Fair. The kits may include child’s photos, dental impressions, fingerprints, a DNA cheek swab and video interview.

The information packets will be given to each child’s parents to keep. The kit is meant to aid law enforcement in recovering missing children.

The state’s program is part of MASONICHIP, an initiative of the Masons. The state’s Academy of Physician Assistants and Dental Association are among the groups that help implement the program in South Dakota.

Parents can register their children between noon and 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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Online: www.sd-chip.org

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