CHIP Program

The Child Identification Program (CHIP) addresses the alarming fact that over 1,000,000 children are reported missing in the United States each year. While most are found, many are not. Also the abduction of children is both under-reported and rapidly increasing in our society.

The Masonic CHIP Program is the most comprehevsive service of its kind anywhere. CHIP is provided free of charge to the public and all of the identifying items generated during CHIP are given to the child's family.

CD with Audio: A 35mm digital picture with audio - children are asked a series of questions to provide information in front of a height chart backdrop. The CHIP interview captures the appearance, speech, mannerisms, and other important personal characteristics of a child. It can be quickly distributed via the media to reach a huge audience and assist in the quick recovery of an abducted child. The picture and audio are recorded on to a 3" cd and given to the parent or guardian. It is the cornerstone of the CHIP program.

Fingerprints: Children's fingerprints are computer scanned to provide clear and readable prints. Fingerprint cards are given to the parent or guardian.

DNA: A DNA kit is provided to the parent or guardian to be completed at home as soon as possible. The DNA kit includes envelopes for 1. hair samples, 2. nail clippings, and 3. oral swab for saliva sample.

Freemasonry is the oldest and largest fraternity in the world. Freemasons came to Pennsylvania in 1733 and notes many famous patriots among its members. Founded upon the timeless principles of charity and brotherhood, Masons today continue the honored tradition of self improvement and charity for all mankind.

Freemasons spend over $2,000,000 a day in over three hundred charities such as the Shriner Burns Hospital, Scottish Rite Learning Centers for Dyslexic Children, Anti-violence and Bullying Prevention Programs, the Student Assistance Program in Pennsylvania through the Department of Education and many other scholarship and charitable programs, many directed toward youth. Pennsylvania Freemasons are proud to add CHIP as a cornerstone to that group.


The Crime Prevention Association of Pennsylvania includes prevention practitioners from all levels of law enforcement, businesses, schools, and community leaders. Our mission is to address the problems of crime and its prevention through education, public awareness, and training. Crime prevention is an excellent public relations tool that helps build safer communities. We are the experts when crime prevention and proactive strategies are the issues. We bring 20 years of continuous proactive crime prevention programming from a variety of disciplines and a definitive mission to maintain the quality of life for all Pennsylvania residents. We are proud to support and partner with the CHIP program.

Would YOU Like To Sponsor a CHIP EVENT?

Here's How:

Anyone may initiate and sponsor a CHIP event.
All coordination of events is through the Freemasons of Pennsylvania.

If you or your organization would like more information regarding CHIP,
please contact the CHIP Project Director.

Masonic Temple
One North Broad St. Philadelphia, PA 19107


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