February 9, 2023
Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Tim Soignet announced that the Sheriff’s Office will be participating in the National Child Identification Program, which is being provided and funded by Attorney General Jeff Landry and the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office.
The National Child Identification Program is a community service safety initiative dedicated to changing these statistics, by providing parents and guardians, with a tool they can use to help protect their children. The ID Kit allows parents to collect specific information by easily recording the physical characteristics, fingerprints, and DNA of their children on identification cards that are then kept at home by the parent or guardian. If ever needed, this ID Kit gives authorities vital information to assist their efforts to locate a missing child. Since its inception in 1997, the National Child ID Program has distributed over 70 million kits throughout North America. The program has been recognized by Congress and today works with federal, state, and local leaders, coaches, athletes, faith-based organizations, and corporate citizens to increase the safety of children in communities across the country.
Sheriff Tim Soignet will utilize the School Resource Officer (SRO) Division to disseminate the “Home based kits” to all schools within Terrebonne Parish which educate students from Kindergarten – 5th Graders. The SRO Division will personally deliver the kits to the principals of those schools, which in turn, will be provided to all parents of the grade targeted children.
The kits are to be completed by parents of the children and are to remain stored within the children’s home, in the event they become needed. The kits are not intended to be provided to the Sheriff’s Office or your local Law Enforcement Agency for storage.
For more information on how to complete the kits, please visit https://childidprogram.com/.
Sheriff Tim Soignet would like to extend a gracious thank you to Jeff Landry and the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office, for spearheading this amazing program. Sheriff Soignet said, “I am honored and grateful to be a part of this amazing program. I sincerely hope that a situation never arises in this parish where this information will be needed, but if it does, this kit will be a wealth of information in a time of need. The safety of youth in this parish is something our agency takes very seriously, and any program that helps that initiative is something we will always strive to be a part of.”