Today, more than ever, school safety is a key priority for school administrators and parents.
For more than 10 years, Lifetouch has partnered with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) in the U.S. and Canadian Centre for Child Protection (CCCP) in Canada to provide law enforcement with the most valuable tool when a child goes missing—a current photograph. Each year, Lifetouch distributes SmileSafe™ photo ID cards—as a free service to our schools’ families. SmileSafe cards can be given to parents or placed in backpacks. Lifetouch portraits have assisted in the recovery of children in 24 states.
SmileSafe, the NCMEC and CCCP provide:
- A current, quality student image available for authorities that parents can access 24/7 for early intervention
- Education on safety tips and prevention strategies for awareness of child safety
- Peace of mind, knowing you and your families are prepared in case of an emergency
Lifetouch customers can share these links with their families to receive a complimentary digital photo ID card.
Helping with the safe return of missing children
Every day, up to 2,000 children may be reported missing in the United States. SmileSafe cards can help bring them home.
One of these children was a 16-year-old girl who went missing from her New York home on July 13, 2014. Through the SmileSafe program, NCMEC obtained a picture of the child from Lifetouch to create a poster. After seeing the poster with the child’s picture on the NCMEC website, a concerned citizen provided a lead to NCMEC. This led law enforcement to safely recover the child on July 27, 2014.
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that works in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. NCMEC’s congressionally mandated CyberTipline has received more than 2,532,851 leads of suspected child sexual exploitation. Since NCMEC was founded in 1984, it has assisted law enforcement in the recovery of more than 199,576 missing children. For more information about NCMEC, please visit www.missingkids.org