A 10- to 15-minute interview is all it takes for a parent to bring home a free disk that contains complete information that can be handed to emergency services or even downloaded to other child protection organizations such as Amber Alert.
The information is subsequently protected so that parents will have sole control over the disk, as GACHIP does not retain the information. After handing the parent the finished disk, all recorded data is permanently erased. And by law of the Privacy Act, no person is allowed to watch any of the data being entered, outside of the information taker, and children are never touched by volunteers.
Ed Burns, the voice for the Jones County chapter of the Masons, has himself and team interviewed and handed out 1,800 disks in just two years.
Recently he has visited Turner Woods Elementary, First Baptist of Gray and Jones County Pre-K, but he says the information doesn’t just have to be about young kids. Parents with older mentally handicapped children can also have a disk created for free, as well as aging parents who suffer disabilities such as Alzheimer’s, can have their children provide information to the GACHIP program and get all the necessary product that goes with it.
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