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Hundreds of KOTA Territory parents sign up for child identification program

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While the Youth and Family Service's Kids Fair this weekend was full of fun and games for children, parents were given the opportunity to think about more serious issues when it comes to their kids. South Dakota's Child Identification Program, also known as CHIP, was one of the booths at the fair.

Parents lined up to put their children into the identification program. This includes a video of their child, a DNA swab, voice sample, finger printing and a tooth impression.

Organizers say than more than 500 kids were identified this weekend.

Members of the Grand Lodge of South Dakota fund and help run the booth.

Herb Cook, coordinator of the Rapid City Lodge 25, says parents are sent home with a DNA sample and video describing their child. Cook says items like these are good to have."If your child is abducted, or even if they just walk off and get lost, it gives them something to show the police, you know this is what they look like,"  said Cook.

Cook says that over the last five years they have identified about 15,000 kids.

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