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MdCHIP (Maryland Child Identification & Protection) Program

Freemasons have long been committed to children and families through our scholarship programs, children's, learning centers, student assistance programs and the sponsorship of youth groups.

A parent's worst nightmare is the disappearance of a child.  In today’s society with over one million children being reported missing each year, we are committed to helping address this problem.  Authorities tell us a child is reported missing every 43 seconds somewhere in the United States, and while many are found….many are not.

Through the benevolence of the Grand Lodge of Maryland and its membership, we are pleased to present the MdCHIP Program.  This program is designed to give parents and guardians of dependent children a measure of protection against this ever increasing problem.

The program provides parents and guardians with information that can be given to Law Enforcement Agencies which is an important tool to assist in the speedy and safe recovery of a missing child.  Maryland Freemasons are committed to offering this program to the families of Maryland on an ongoing basis.

The information collected includes: a computer disc containing a still photograph, a video interview, electronic fingerprints, and height/weight measurements.  Also included in the packet is a DNA sample and two wallet cards all of which are given to the parent or guardian.  We retain NO information and it is FREE OF CHARGE.

The information is compatible with the Amber Alert System, most police agencies and emergency responders. MdCHIP is part of MasonicCHIP International, inc. an initiative of North American Freemason's Grand Lodges, which generates "completed packs" of various identifying items of children for parents or guardians.

MasoniCHIP International, Inc. is recognized by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) as the most comprehensive program of its type and received a SPECIAL AWARD OF COMMENDATION from the NCMEC in February 2007.

Click here for more information about the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.