NJ Masonic CHIP program

NJ Masonic Child ID Program

A charitable initiative by the Grand Lodge of New Jersey, Free and Accepted Masons and coordinated in southern New Jersey by Maple Shade-Moorestown Masonic Lodge #281. Its purpose is to aid in the identification and recovery of missing children. NJ Masonic Child ID Program (NJ CHIP) is supported monetarily and are staffed by volunteers from our Lodge and other volunteers. There is never any cost to the family.

NJ CHIP allows parents/guardians the opportunity to create a kit of identifying materials for their child, free of charge. The kit contains a digitally printed fingerprint document, a physical description, photo of the child, and a dental imprint which provides a DNA sample. The kit provides critical information to the public and to law enforcement in the event that a child goes missing.

The difference between NJ CHIP and other, similar programs, is that municipal and law enforcement agencies typically place all data that is collected (including fingerprints) into a database. NJ CHIP operates with strict confidentiality, with all data on portable computers is permanently removed from systems immediately after the data has been printed for the parent/guardian. The system is not connected to the Internet or to any form of cloud storage and, while technically possible, we make no attempt to recover the deleted information.

Because we retain nothing, we highly advise parents/guardians who participate to take the printed document and CD home and keep it in safe place. Hopefully, a parent/guardian will never have to use it. The information should be updated every few years because your child and the information concerning your child will change.

If you are interested in finding an NJ CHIP event, please use the following request form