SUFFOLK PROGRAM WILL HELP ID KIDS
District Attorney Thomas Spota announced Friday that parents living in Suffolk will soon have the opportunity to keep such information as DNA, hair and fingerprint samples of their children in an organized kit inside their homes. He said his office has allocated $7,000 to initiate a free Ident-A-Kid program countywide. Beginning in January, parents will be able to keep a recent photograph of their child, plus a DNA sample swabbed from the inside of the child's mouth, hair and thumbprint samples, and a list of allergies and critical information in a unique package. A blue envelope in the packet, for instance, will keep out ultraviolet light and preserve a DNA sample for up to 10 years. Those seeking more information about the program should contact their county legislator.