SAN BRUNO (KCBS) – It’s every parent’s nightmare: your child goes missing and you don’t know what to do. Some parents on the Peninsula, who might be worried about that exact situation, got some helpful tips on Saturday to ensure their children’s safety.

The child identification workshop was co-sponsored by state Assemblyman Jerry Hill, who said it’s an important first step in keeping your child safe.

READ MORE: Former Secretary of State Colin Powell Dies Of Complication From COVID-19

KCBS’ Tim Ryan Reports:

“Get the fingerprints of their children on a form with a current photograph so if anything happens, you can hand it to law enforcement and they are on their way,” Hill said. “It will save time and it will help with trying to locate their child.”

READ MORE: Australian Singer Clinton Kane Robbed At Gunpoint In San Francisco; 'They Had The Gun In My Face'

San Bruno mom Carlota Suniga was among the first in line with her four-year-old daughter.

“This way, I have it all set. It’s something that I have to worry less about,” she said. “I can just go ahead and give it to the police officers and detectives so they can find my child as soon as possible.”

Sears provided the free photos. Parents are urged to keep a fingerprint card, recent photo and even DNA from a hair sample for authorities in case their child ever goes missing.

MORE NEWS: COVID: Dr. Anthony Fauci Says It's Safe To Trick Or Treat This Year

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)