For Immediate Release
December 20, 2006
Information Services Division
Clarksburg, WV 26306
Letter from Assistant Director Thomas E. Bush,
III, on the FBI and American Football Coaches Association
National Child Identification Program
September 11, 2001, the nation has focused on the protection
of its citizens. Our most vulnerable citizens are our children.
Yet even before September 11, 2001, the statistics relating
to child safety are surprising:
are missing every year. That is one child every 40 seconds.
run away from home.
are abducted by family members.
are abducted by non-family members.
to 1997, less than two percent of parents had a copy of
their child's fingerprints or a DNA sample. However, since
1997, the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and
FBI's National Child Identification Program have been working
to decrease these staggering statistics relating to missing
children in America.
assist in protecting our children, we are requesting your
participation in our nationwide faith-based child safety
initiative. We are asking the nation's 54,000 largest churches,
mosques, and synagogues to do the following:
in the FBI-AFCA National Child Identification Program (see
enclosed order form)
the enclosed faith-based participation sheet.
mosques, and synagogues are essential in assisting us to
inform parents and guardians of child safety. With your
help, this can be the largest faith-based child safety initiative
in our nation's history.
you for your participation in helping protect children in
E. Bush, III
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