Free child ID cards available

WMOA Radio and The Washington County Sheriff Department have teamed up to provide free child ID cards. This is part of a local effort to provide parents with personal safety ID’s of their children in the event their child is ever missing. This is the 17th straight year that WMOA has teamed up with local law enforcement to provide a service of this nature, and WMOA Radio station owner Johnny Wharff talks about how the program has evolved. “Initially this was done at the Washington County Fair in partnership with the Marietta Police Department, we were using polaroid instamatic cameras, and individually fingerprinting each child.”

The past five years the program has extended to involve many community events (Sweetcorn Festival, Riverfront Roar, Belpre homecoming, Waterford Fair, Sternwheel Festival, Barlow Fair etc.). WMOA partners with the Washington County Sheriff Department, and Wharff explains how technology has streamlined the efforts, “the Washington County Sheriff’s Dept. has and wrested the process and we continue to refine it.” Child photos are now processed digitally on site and produced to an ID card like a driver’s license, including vital information and now DNA swabs. Wharff added, “As always the ID packets are free, thanks to our sponsors. We hope they never need to use them, but if they do, the photo and information will be invaluable.” WMOA and the Washington County Sheriff’s Department will team up at various events including this weekend’s Riverfront Roar,

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, over one million children are reported missing in our country each year. Wharff said, “We believe that local awareness about missing children is important and we’re pleased we can play a role in helping parents safeguard their children.”

Reports indicate that one in seven missing children are found because of a photograph distributed by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, making a standardized, current photograph the single most important tool in finding missing children.

For more information on the WMOA Local ID Packets, contact Stephanie Wiles at 740-373-1490.

This program is been made possible by Artex Oil, Drs. Koch, Roberts, Kaplan and Cline, Solvay , Magnum Magnetics, Apex True Value, Kiwanis Club of Marietta, the Washington County Sheriff’s Department and WMOA Radio.