Sen. Albers Recognized by Freemasons of Georgia for His Support of GACHIP Program

Sen. John Albers is recognized by the Georgia Freemasons at the State Capitol during an event to offer free child identification kits to parents

ATLANTA (April 29, 2011) – The Freemasons of Georgia recognized Sen. John Albers (R-Roswell) today at the State Capitol for his support of the Georgia Child Prevention Program, which provides free identification kits that parents and guardians can use to store critical identifying information on their child. Albers was recognized alongside Governor Nathan Deal, Attorney General Sam Olens, and other lawmakers and elected officials.

“I am so grateful to the work of the Georgia Freemasons and their volunteers for establishing the GACHIP program and bringing it free of charge to parents across the state to ensure the protection of their children,” said Albers. “Children are lost or abducted every day, and while many of us don’t think that will ever happen to our family, it’s our responsibility as parents to be prepared for any eventuality. These identification kits are an easy way to store vital information about a child that can be used quickly and effectively by law enforcement should the worst ever happen.”

The kit is comprised of a small computer disk that includes full color digital photographs of the child, which can be circulated by the police to the media in the case of abduction and can be used in the Amber Alert Program. The disk also contains a complete set of digital fingerprints, DNA, distinguishing features such as hair and eye color, scars, etc and contact information for parents or guardians. At a GACHIP event, Freemasons set up the equipment necessary to generate completed identification kits. Each person progresses through several stations taking about 10 to 15 minutes for the entire process. The recorded information is presented to the child’s parent or guardian to take home for safekeeping.

The Freemasons will be offering the kits today at the Capitol with the help of volunteers from Atlanta’s University of Phoenix campuses. 

For more information on the GACHIP program, visit

For Immediate Release:
April 29, 2011
For Information Contact:
Natalie Strong, Director
Kallarin Richards, Deputy Director