FAQ

Questions?

How do I get a Permanent Impressions Child Safety Packet and biometric CD for my child?
The Permanent Impressions child safety program is offered at private schools, parent groups, business-sponsored safety events and by private appointment.  Go to our website at www.FingerprintsForLife.com

How long does it take to get the completed safety packet and biometric CD?
With Permanent Impressions, you receive the child safety packet and fingerprint CD minutes after processing.  Everything is confidential.  We never ask for any personal information and nothing is taken off site.

Should I carry my child’s fingerprints with me at all times?
Yes.  The first 20 minutes are the most critical in a missing child emergency.  You can be prepared to act immediately by keeping the child safety packet, child ID card or biometric CD with you (or anyone that your child is with) at all times.

Do fingerprints help in the search for my missing child?
Absolutely!   Every piece of vital information aids law enforcement in the search process.  With impression evidence you can establish a starting point, connect a child to a certain location or to a suspect if fingerprint evidence was left behind.  Fingerprints can be found in a suspect’s car, home, etc. making it direct evidence that your child was present.  If your child is not located, prints will be entered into the Department of Justice Database.  If your child is ever fingerprinted for whatever reason, it will flag as an active missing child.  During some recoveries, the appearance of the child has changed so drastically.  Fingerprint comparisons are used in this situation for a positive ID.

How many children are reported lost or missing each day?
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s NISMART 2 report released in October 2002, there are over 800,000 missing children reported each year in the United States, which is almost 2,200 reports each day – or about two missing children reported every minute of every day, 365 days each year.

Are there any statistics on the number of Amber Alerts issued each year?
According to CodeAmber.org, which is the largest clearinghouse in the U.S. for Amber Alerts, they only processed 409 Amber Alerts from August 2002 to December 2006. However, during that time there were almost four-million children reported lost, missing or separated from their parents that didn’t meet the criteria for an Amber Alert.

How often should I update my child’s safety packet?
We recommend updating your child’s safety packet yearly.  Fingerprint patterns are permanent and do not change.  As you grow, all individual ridge characteristics enlarge.  Detail not visible this year will yield more clarity as the ridges expand with growth.  You should update photos and physical descriptions every six months or when your child’s appearance changes.

Does Permanent Impressions screen their representatives?
Yes.  Each Permanent Impression representative is current or former law enforcement.  They were required to pass a criminal background investigation and take numerous course work in all aspects of fingerprint identification and biometric training.

Can I host or sponsor a Permanent Impressions child safety event?
Yes.   For more information about hosting or sponsoring a Permanent Impressions child safety event, please contact us at www.FingerprintsForLife.com

What is the difference between Permanent Impressions child safety programs and other ID organizations?
Permanent Impressions employs current and former law enforcement with an expertise in fingerprint identification which is critical when administering safety packets.  You will have peace of mind that all fingerprint impressions were properly administered with all ridge characteristics visible. Other programs usually offer an ID card with a thumbprint and are franchised with individuals that have no experience in law enforcement or fingerprint identification.  They use makeshift cards that are not formatted for the Department of Justice (DOJ) database and the fingerprints are usually smeared, distorted, partial and not workable.  Our officers have extensive forensic training from the Department of Justice and in-house law enforcement agencies.