Odds are you’ve heard about “My Story“, Elizabeth Smart’s new book about the ordeal she suffered when she was abducted and kidnapped for nine months back in 2002. It was a parent’s worst-nightmare, turned real, and it was amazing that she escaped. The life she’s made for herself since then is miraculous, especially under the circumstances.
I’ve often wondered how best to protect my children from kidnapping, or how I’d react if it ever did happen. And then I immediately chase it from my mind because the thought of it is enough to make me emotional. That said, I do try to be smart, keeping an ID kit with pictures and information that officers would need in an instant, although I’d never considered a DNA kit until seeing an email from ChildProtect recently.
The company creates a DNA profile of your child that you can have on file for that ‘just in case’ scenario.
What’s a DNA profile? Well, it’s like your child’s fingerprint. It’s her unique set of DNA that can be used to identify her and only her.
The company sent me a kit to review and I put it to use with my youngest child, the 8 year old.
It was a simple process…we just had to swab her cheeks with a couple q-tip type sticks that were included in the kit, then put them back in the package and ship them to the lab.
Then, a few weeks later, we received an email saying her info was compiled and being stored for emergency.
So, now, if anything ever did happen to her (God forbid), police would be able to take a DNA sample from the scene of an abduction and know right away if it matches hers. Otherwise, they’d have to use a toothbrush or hairbrush to get a sample, which then would have to be profiled in a lab…something that could take days.
Photos and fingerprints are still critical. But the DNA profile is an added layer of help.
It may not be the protective bubble I’d love to build around her, but it is important, and I feel better just knowing I’d be ready should disaster ever strike.
You can find out more by clicking this link.
(Reader note: I did not pay for the kit sent to me. It was sent by ChildProtect for my review. As always, my opinion remains my own.)