Shoney’s KidCare Photo ID events will take place in the greater Knoxville area for three days on July 27, July 28 and Aug. 5 in partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) for the 25th year.

The Blount County Shoney’s KidCare Photo ID event will be held July 28, at Foothills Mall, 197 Foothills Mall, Maryville from 12–6 p.m. in the center stage area.

The events provide free KidCare Photo IDs for children to give parents information readily available for authorities in case their child is ever reported missing.

The ID's include a color photograph; fingerprints; height, weight and date of birth; a medical profile; the “Seven Rules for Safety;” and a 24-hour NCMEC hotline number. Each participant will also have the opportunity to visit with Shoney Bear.

Over the past 24 years, the program has provided more than 40,000 children with IDs.

Parents should have a hard copy of a close-up, head-and-shoulders photo of each of their children. Parents might think they have good photos of their children on their smartphone, however most photos on mobile phones include other people, are not close enough and often are not a high enough quality to identify eye color, hair color and specific facial features.

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