The Maryland Masonic Child Identification Program
WHAT IS MDCHIP?
The Maryland Masonic Child Identification Program follows the exact protocols established by The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children – the agency responsible for the "Amber Alert" national response system. We collect every bit of data law enforcement officials require when a child is reported as missing or abducted, and provide it to the parent or guardian.
We do not retain any of the information collected. Our computers are certified as such for your child’s protection.
WHAT DO WE PROVIDE?
The completed packet contains a CD with the child’s name address, height, weight eye and hair color, description of distinguishing marks, notes on any health issues, birth date, parent/guardian contact information, several photos, digital fingerprints and a brief video interview of the child talking on camera. A cheek swab is also used to collect a sample of the child’s DNA (parents of younger children may opt to do the DNA sample at home). All of the above is placed into an easily recognizable envelope and given to the parent/guardian for safekeeping.
WHO ARE WE?
Freemasonry is the oldest fraternal organization in the world. It is dedicated to promoting improvement in the character of its members. A Mason is taught to be a good citizen, to be of good character to care for those less fortunate, and to give back to the community. The MdChip program is just a part of our charitable effort which in Maryland also includes tens of thousands of college scholarships, training for Maryland school personnel in identifying and helping children at risk. We also provide financial support to dozens of worthy charities the world over. The Masonic fraternity contributes nearly $1 Billion dollars annually to its philanthropic pursuits in the United States alone.
To discover more about the Freemasons of Maryland, please visit our website AskaMarylandMason.com.