Freemasons have long been committed to children and families through our scholarship program, children's learning centers, Shriner's Hospitals and sponsorship of youth groups. Massachusetts Freemasons have been conducting a child identification program since 1988 and have identified more than 275,000 children. We are proud to offer this program called MyCHIP. Other programs consist of a single photo and fingerprinting. This new program adds a short video interview, DNA swab, and a dental imprint called Toothprints. Toothprints is a technique developed by David Tesini, a Massachusetts children's Dentist and incorporated into CHIP by Dr. David Harte, a Massachusetts Freemason. These additions make MyCHIP the most comprehensive Children’s ID program available.
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 US.
MyCHIP is designed to give families a measure of protection against this ever-increasing problem. MyCHIP provides Law Enforcement with important tools to assist in the speedy and safe recovery of a missing child. Through the benevolence of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts and its membership we are pleased to present this service free of charge. Massachusetts Freemasons are committed to offering this program to the families of Massachusetts on an ongoing basis.
WHAT IS MyCHIP
Massachusetts Child Identification Program addresses the alarming fact that more and more children are reported missing each year. While most are found, many are not. ALL of the identifying materials generated by the program are given to the child’s family. We retain none of the information and this program is offered to the public at NO CHARGE. MyCHIP 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 has received a SPECIAL AWARD OF COMMENDATION from the NCMEC in February 2007.