According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, about 800,000 kids are reported missing each year in the United States. Organizers at one local festival have come up with some ideas they hope families will take with them wherever they go.
"I did experience one circumstance over near the field area where there were two children and they were holding hands, they said ‘we can't find our mommy,’" said Funfest worker Audrey Watts.
A child being separated from their parents while in large crowds is something that happens too many times. With tens of thousands of people attending Funfest every year, the chairperson for Funfest Kids Central, Joanna Swinehart, says they came up with a plan -- it's tent labeled "Lost Parents." "If a child does get separated from his or her parents they can go there and we've got volunteers that can help make that connection to get them back with their parent," said Swineheart.
In addition, they got a little creative too. "The Children's Hospital sponsors "lost child tattoos." Its basically just like any other temporary tattoo," says Swinehart.
Parents simply write their phone number on there so if a child is lost, someone can quickly identify who they are.
Not everyone is comfortable with putting a phone number on their child, so experts say to be sure to teach your child how to spot a police officer or a firefighter and teach them those are safe people to reach out to.
They should also know their parents' first and last names and for older kids, have them memorize your cell number.
In the meantime at Funfest, volunteers are clearly labeled with nametags and are more than happy to help if families are separated so they are not apart for long.
Swinehart says they have had no major problems with missing children with this system and on Monday alone they gave out over 150 tattoos.