Southcoast Today: Fairhaven MOMS plan Iris Scan

NEW BEDFORD — A free Iris Scan, hosted by the MOMS Club of Fairhaven, the Lawler Branch of the New Bedford Free Public Library, and the Bristol County Sheriff's Office, will be held Saturday, Aug. 28.

The Iris Scan takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lawler branch, 745 Rockdale Ave.

The Children's Identification and Location Database is a nationwide network and registry that uses iris recognition biometric technology to quickly and positively identify missing children and vulnerable adults.

Iris recognition is based on the fact that the human iris is unique, even between twins, and the physical characteristics of the iris do not change with age.

“When I read the astounding statistic of the amount of people that go missing each day, I knew how important hosting an event like this is”, said Joanne St. Amand, member of the MOMS Club of Fairhaven who is chairing this event for the club. The MOMS Club of Fairhaven is a non-profit organization that provides parents support to help raise their children.

Any child or vulnerable adult is eligible for the scan as long as they are residents of the United States. The scan will be administered by a member of the Bristol County Sheriff's Office.

Anyone wanting to participate in the event needs to fill out a form, which will be available at the event, and have it signed by a parent or legal guardian.

The scan takes about 15 seconds; it is done by looking into a digital video camera which looks and feels like binoculars. Information gained will be loaded into the nationwide Children's Identification and Location Database.

For more information about the Iris Scan, contact Joanne St. Amand at joannesta@comcast.net or call (508)-996-3046. More information on the MOMS Club of Fairhaven may be obtained by visiting their website at www.momsclubfairhaven.com. For more information on the Iris Scan Project visit http://www.bcso-ma.us/iris.htm and http://www.thechildproject.org.