No one wants to think about or prepare for the worst-case scenario, especially when it comes to our children, but it’s necessary.
Not too long ago I saw an ad on Facebook for a free Child Safety Kit through McGruff. I’m sure you’ve probably seen them yourself. Through a quick search I found that the company was reputable and signed up to receive a kit.
I honestly didn’t think anything else about it until one day I got an email apologizing that it was taking so long to get me my free kits and they would have a representative call me soon. After a short call with one of their representatives I quickly realized how they manage to give these kits away for free.
HOW MCGRUFF WORKS
After you sign up through their site your information is sent to one of their third-party representatives. That rep then calls you and sets up an in-person appointment with you at your home. When they get to your home, they will begin by offering an insurance policy that is only offered through them. You can deny or accept. After that’s settled, no matter when you decide they will start to go over the kit with you and explain what’s all is included.
I wish I could tell you all about the insurance but to be honest I have no idea exactly what was being offered because we denied it at the very beginning. We already have good insurance along with supplemental coverage through Aflac. Plus, I really just wanted the kit.
Now, before we go any further, I will answer the biggest question you have running through your head at the moment.
Yes, when I scheduled the appointment, I made sure and booked a time when I knew my husband would be home, that way I wasn’t letting a stranger in my home while I was there alone with my kids.
As great as I think these kits are, I think going through McGruff to get one, or any other company like it, is overkill and doesn’t help you as your kids get older.
Unless you photocopied the document before filling it out and redid it every 2 years or so then you’d be ok. Let’s be honest though, who’s going to do that and if you do where will you put these back up papers so that you actually remember where they are? To me it isn’t realistic for long term.
Not only do I think they aren’t ideal for long term use as your kids grow, but my friend had a weird situation happen to her regarding this company.
One day she got a knock on the door and it was somebody saying they were from McGruff and she had scheduled an appointment with them to get these free Child Safety Kits. The thing is, she didn’t. She hadn’t even heard of McGruff and the crazy thing was that this lady had my friends real name and phone number. She was really creeped out.
So, either this lady was a con artist/thief or she was really a representative of McGruff and got my friend’s contact information from somebody as a referral. This still doesn’t explain why she would have showed up for an appointment my friend never scheduled unless that’s just a weird sales tactic.
Either way I think we can all agree that this was awkward.
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After talking with my friend about her experience I explained to her and our group of other mom’s how McGruff worked for us. Most of them said they wouldn’t request one because of my other friend’s experience. Then I had a brilliant idea.
Why not make a Free Child Safety Printable and give it away through my blog. My mom friends responded with a YES do it.
Offering this printable to you guys solves all the issues my friends and I had with McGruff.
First off, now you’ll have the digital file so you can just reprint it every 2 years or so and update the information as well as printing a new one for each new kid you bring into this world!
You don’t have to wait a ridiculously long time to get your kit.
You don’t have to let some stranger in your home in order to get your kit.
I don’t know about you, but I call that a WIN, WIN, WIN!
HOW THE KIT WORKS
The kit has 5 sections for you to fill out.
SECTION 1: Basic Information
This includes name, nickname, date of birth, eye color, hair color, blood type, height, weight and the date the information was taken.
SECTION 2: Unique Markings
This section is where you will write down any unique markings your child may have. This can be birth marks, scars, or anything alike.
SECTION 3: Fingerprints
This section is pretty self-explanatory. The important thing through is to use the right amount of ink. Too little and the print isn’t complete, which makes it illegible. Too much and the print becomes smeared also making it illegible. I suggest getting a blank piece of paper and practice doing a few fingerprints first before you put them on the actual printable.
SECTION 4: Recent Photos
In this section you should put 2 photos of your child. One of a close up of their face and the other one of their full body. Make sure both pictures are in focus and well light. Don’t add any fancy editing or color change to the photos.
These photos should be updated at least every 12 months.
SECTION 5: DNA
I know this may seem weird, but I highly suggest not skipping this step.
All you have to do for the DNA sample is get an envelope and place some of your kid’s clipped fingernails in it. Make sure and put the child’s name on the envelope, date it, and then staple it to the safety kit. The date is only for you to remember when you took the sample so that you know when you should update it.
You need to update the DNA sample every 12 months.
As much as I hope you NEVER need this kit, I know it’s something you would rather have and not need then need and not have. The whole point of the kit is so that you have something to hand the cops in the case of an emergency, that way you’re not trying to gather all this information in a panicked state of mind. All you will have to do is go collect this kit and hand it straight to the cops. Not only will it help you in a panicked state, but it will help save time and in the case of a kidnapping time is not your friend.
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