National Child Identification Program 

Child Identification Kits

During the 87th Legislative Session, I led the charge to include funding in our budget to provide no-ink fingerprinting kits for every student in Texas from kindergarten to 7th grade. We received matching funds from the NFL for the effort.

The kits will be sent home next spring, and there will not be any state records kept of the fingerprints. Parents will have their children’s fingerprints for safekeeping, and God-willing, they’ll never be needed.

Too often, children are abducted, and these kits might be the difference between tragedy and a swift return. Missing children are a national crisis and we must do everything we can to keep Texas children safe.

I want to thank the NFL for partnering with us on this effort. Texas is the largest state to distribute these kits, and I hope that our program is a model for other states to implement.

For my efforts, I was honored with the American Football Coaches Association’s Trailblazer Award, along with Attorney General Ken Paxton and Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels.

 

Lt. Governor Patrick and Senator Donna Campbell

Senator Campbell and me with our awards at the Green Bay Packers Stadium.

With Packers President Mark Murphy and the program’s founders, former-Packers player Jerry Kramer and Hall of Famer and former Baylor Head Coach Grant Teaff.

With Green Bay Packers President Mark Murphy. We both received an award from the American Football Coaches Association for our work on the Child I.D. program.