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We continue to advise parents to carry IDs with them at all times.  Take them to the playground, beach, shopping, the mall, camping trips, Disney…we know the Amber Alert works!  The picture brings the child home and the finger prints help in location. Together we can continue to provide the Molly Bish Foundation Identification books for your family and communities.   

 

 

 

 

 

ID Programs

Upcoming ID Programs:

Saturday, April 10th 10:00-3:00 Teddy Bear Clinic, Greendale Mall,  Neposet St., Worcester, MA

Saturday, May 15th 12:00-3:00 Molly Bish Day, Leominster Eagles Club 451 Litchfield St., Leominster MA

The core of the Molly Bish Foundation and Life "Guards" Center has been to provide free IDs to the community.   The ID program was established by John & Magi Bish to promote safety for all children.  At their first "Safety Day" in October 2000 the Bish's granddaughter Mikaela, was the first child to receive an ID book.  Since that day, the foundation volunteers have fingerprinted, photographed and prepared over 165,000 ID booklets at thousands of events.

 Identification Booklet

One of the most important tools for law enforcement to use in the recovery of a missing child is an up-to-date, good quality photo along with descriptive information.  A Child ID Booklet allows parents to save valuable time by storing pictures, fingerprints and other data in one easily accessible location. 

We recommend child identifications included a head-and-shoulder photo of the child, a complete set of finger prints and good quality physical description used to help identify a child.

The Molly Bish Identification book is a brightly colored, passport sized, booklet that is easily identified and accessed.  It is small enough to carry in a purse, pocket or in glovebox of your vehicle.  Child Identifications should be maintained in a quickly accessible, secure space by the parents or guardian.   We recommend parents keep the ID with them as they do their own ID.  Take it along when shopping, on outings, vacations, etc.. You never know when you may become separated from your child.

The Importance of Having a Good Photograph of Your Child    

One of the most important tools for law enforcement to use in the case of a missing child is an up-to-date, good-quality photograph.  Photograph's are an important tool used in an Amber Alert.

The photograph should be a recent color, head-and-shoulders shot of the child in which the face is clearly seen.  It should be of "school-portrait" quality and the back ground plain or solid so it does not distract from the subject.  

The photograph should represent the child's true features and not overly "glamorized".  The photograph should not be taken outside nor have other people, animals, or objects in the shot.  The photograph should not be out of focus, torn, damaged or smaller than 4X6.   

The photograph should be updated at least every six months for children of age 6 or younger and then once a year, or when a child's appearance changes. 

Finger Prints 

At our ID Programs we provide trained fingerprinters  or community police officers to take the finger prints.  Finger prints are included in the book as a forensic investigation tool. 

Child's Information

It is important to have your child's personal information included with the photo and finger prints.  A good physical description including identifying features should be maintained.  A page is included for recording this.

Identification Programs 

The Molly Bish Foundation and Life "Guard" Center provides free Identifications at local scheduled Community Identification Programs.  

Please see our schedule of events on the website's calendar page.  We hope to see you at an event in your area.   

To Request an Identification Program

In the ten years the Molly Bish Foundation has provided identification programs, we've accepted every request throughout New England we could fulfill.  Every weekend has been spend on the road for the Bish family and their band of volunteers.  The Bish Family has tirelessly given their effort, time, money and much of their personal life to improve child safety in New England.  This emotional jorney has taken a toll on them and many of those closley involved with Molly and the foundation.  We have welcomed and had to say goodbye to many wonderful people over these many years.  Our founders had to make some difficult decisions in recent months on the direction of the foundation.  In light of this we've had to review and revise the ID Program's.  We are referring most requests to attend our scheduled programs.   Please see our calendar page for scheduled ID Programs.  We hope you can join us and bring your children to those events so we can continue to provide and update your ID books.

We will review requests for ID Programs at your community event.  Please contact us with your request.

We ask that you have a guarantee a minimum of 200 children present.  If your community group is not large enough please consider connecting with other groups in your area to meet our minimum participation requirements.  

  • Request must be received at least four weeks prior to date of event.  Generally we are booked 2-3 months out in advance.   
  • We receive numerous requests from across Massachusetts forNational Night Out (1st Tuesday in August).  For 2010 we have established a lottery for these requests and will make the selection two months before the date.  The deadline request for National Night Out lottery is May 20th.  
  • Although our program is free of charge we operate solely on donations and our annual fund raisers.  A free will donation jar is available at all programs based on mutual agreement by all event planners.

The Molly Bish Foundation & Life "Guard" Center Inc.

P.O. Box 556, 766 South Street, W. Warren, MA 01092

Tel: 413.436.5529 - Fax: 413.436.5688 - email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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