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The Find Me ID app is a new child ID program offered by MissingKids.ca – Canada’s missing children resource and response centre. As a national program of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, MissingKids.ca offers Canadian families support in finding their missing child and provides educational materials to help prevent children from going missing. MissingKids.ca partners with police and other stakeholders in the search for missing children.
Since 1987, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection’s missing children services branch (formerly known as Child Find Manitoba) has been offering local ID clinics to parents across Manitoba. These clinics provided parents with paper booklets to record all of their child’s vital information and a laminated card with their child’s current photo. ID clinics were very popular and considered an important child safety tool for many Canadian families. However, as children grow and change, their photos and information can quickly become outdated — requiring parents to either mark up their paper document or return to an ID clinic to create new ID booklets.
The Find Me ID app offers a unique, modern day approach to storing a child’s vital information.
The Canadian Centre has created a new tool for parents that makes storing a child’s vital information and current photo simple and efficient.
The Find Me ID app provides parents with a user-friendly, quick to update, and absolutely free child identification program, right in the palm of their hands!
Find Me ID is not currently available for iPhone®*. A new version of the app will be released soon.
A missing child is a parent’s worst nightmare. While teaching children safety skills is an essential part of keeping them safe, on occasion kids can still become lost or separated from you, or in rare cases, go missing. When they do - every second matters.
Did you know that one in six missing children is located as a result of recognition from a photograph? Therefore, it is important that parents have current photos readily available to provide to police in the event their child is lost or goes missing. By utilizing MissingKids.ca’s new Find Me ID app on your mobile device, you will have up-to-date information on your child at your fingertips, including vital information and a current photo.
The Find Me ID app will transform the way parents maintain their child’s vital information.
You are at a large public event and you become separated from your child. You may consider using the Find Me ID app to send your child’s photo and information to:
Your child is attending a summer camp and the camp calls to inform you that your child has wandered off. You may consider using the Find Me ID app to send your child’s photo and information to:
The Find Me ID app has been created as a safety tool for parents. We encourage anyone to contact us with any questions, concerns, or feedback on the app. Please click on the tips below to learn more about making the best use of this resource.
While there will be obvious times when you will know to update your child’s photo as s/he grows and changes, below are a few ideas about when you may want to consider taking a new photo of your child.
In all of the above cases, taking a picture of what your child is wearing and what s/he looks like that day may prove to be an invaluable tool should s/he go missing.
When taking a new photo of your child, ensure the image is clear and shows your child’s current clothing. This will help those assisting you should you become separated from your child.
On some devices, the images you save to the app may appear compressed due to the high resolution most smart phones are able to capture. Rest assured that any images sent to police, MissingKids.ca or other emergency contacts remain of high quality.
Take time to familiarize yourself with the different features of the app so that it can be quickly accessed in the event of an emergency.
Have regular conversations with your children and update the app with any changing information about friends, hangouts or places your child is familiar with, special interests or habits your child may have, and medical or other pertinent information.
Make safety a habit and take time to talk to your kids about personal safety strategies. For more information on keeping your children safe, please visit the Kids in the Know website. Kids in the Know, a program of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, is an interactive safety education program for increasing the personal safety of children and reducing their risk of victimization online and in the real world.
The app allows parents to upload a new photo of their child at any time.
The Find Me ID app is one tool that parents can use in the event that their child is lost or goes missing. There is always going to be some risk of a child becoming separated from his/her parent, however, efforts can be made to help prevent these situations from happening and, in the event they do occur, to ensure the quick and safe location of the child.
There are certain places, types of activities and adult behaviours that may increase the vulnerability of a child getting lost or becoming separated from his/her parent. We encourage parents to speak with their children about safety strategies, help them to identify safe adults and help them learn what they should do if they do become separated from their parents.
Safety education helps build children’s confidence and critical thinking skills, and helps prepare them for potentially dangerous situations should they arise.
Prevention tips and safety strategies can be found on MissingKids.ca. A few examples are set out below.
Teach your child active resistance skills — this means shouting, kicking, biting or screaming if anyone (other than you) physically tries to take her/him somewhere.
Depending on the age and maturity level of your child, practice scenarios with your child. Ask her/him what s/he would do if:
For more information on the Canadian Centre for Child Protection and its programs please visit our website.
The MissingKids.ca website also provides parents with safety and prevention information specific to missing children:
For more information on preventing children from becoming lost, click here.
For more information on preventing stranger abductions, click here.
For more information on preventing parental child abductions, click here.
For more information on runaway prevention, click here.
The Find Me ID app gives you a way to store your child’s vital information in the device that is with you all the time – your phone. The information is easily accessible and may be updated as your child grows to ensure it remains current. The app is not only an invaluable tool in an emergency, but also provides tips and resources to help prevent children from going missing. In addition, you can help secure the information in the app with the use of a password.
You do NOT have to wait 24 hours before reporting your child missing.
Step 1 – Conduct an immediate search.
Step 2 – If you are still unable to locate your child contact your local law enforcement agency.
Step 3 – Submit your child’s information to MissingKids.ca using the Find Me ID app.
Step 4 – Try to stay calm.
Step 5 – When your child is located it is important not to let your worry and fear show in anger.
Basic information is the information that you have input on the main card view within the app (i.e. picture, name, address, height weight). Extended information includes both the main card view as well as any information that you have entered in the Extended Child Information area. In the event your child goes missing, you may submit the basic information or extended information to law enforcement, MissingKids.ca or other emergency contacts.
No. In Canada, you may report your child missing immediately.
Yes. You can contact MissingKids.ca, Canada’s missing children resource and response centre, toll-free line at 1-866-KID-TIPS (543-8477) or send us an email through our Contact Us form. You can also visit MissingKids.ca to access information and resources on runaway youth. This section includes information on both youth and family-related issues that increase an adolescent’s vulnerability towards running away, and is accompanied by prevention and intervention strategies to assist families.
It is never too early to record your child’s vital information. The app has been created to offer you the flexibility to update your child’s information at any time but also includes default reminders based on your child’s age.
The app allows parents to store information on more than one child, enabling parents to have access to all their children’s information in one central place.
No. The Find Me ID app is free to download to iPhones® and Android phones. If you choose to back up the information stored within the app, or send data stored within the app to others, charges from your provider may apply.
There are many ways to get involved and help in the search for Canada’s missing children.
Not at this time. The Find Me ID app is currently downloadable for iPhones® and Android phones. Click here to receive a notification when the app is available for Blackberry.
All information is stored on your device. If you have your phone set up to back up data to a cloud or to another device, then the information may also be stored in that location.
The Canadian Centre for Child Protection brings the Find Me ID app to Canadians with the endorsement of the RCMP Foundation. The RCMP Foundation was formed in 1994 to support the efforts of RCMP members across Canada who work tirelessly in their communities to transform the lives of Canada's at-risk youth.
The Foundation works alongside the Canadian Centre to ensure Canadian families have access to this important safety tool.
We are grateful to the following organizations for their financial support of Find Me ID:
The Canadian Centre partners with law enforcement, government, and the private sector. These relationships are essential to the services we offer Canadian families. If you are interested in obtaining information about opportunities to partner with the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, please click here. To make a donation to MissingKids.ca, we welcome you to click here.
This End User License Agreement (EULA) is between you, the user, and the Canadian Centre for Child Protection Inc.. This EULA sets out permitted and prohibited uses of the FindMeID Mobile App (the App) and contains disclaimer of warranty and limitation of liability provisions that are binding upon you. Downloading of the App is deemed to be your acceptance of this EULA so if you do not accept the terms do not use the App and delete it from your mobile device.