The C.O.P.S. Unit at the Temple Police Department provided free “Kiddo Cards” to children on Wednesday to prevent them from going missing.

The identification cards are for children ages 3 to 15 and include the child’s photo, name, address, date of birth, parent’s name and phone number.

Police say the cards are either for the child or parent to keep in the event that the child is ever lost, they say it helps speed up the reunion of parent and child.

“We’ve actually been in an instance where the card actually helped. We had just done a card for a kid and an hour later he came up missing,” said C.O.P.S. officer Gabriel Estrella.

Estrella said because of the ID card they were able to send that information to officers in the area and were able to locate the child about two blocks. away.

The Temple Police Department recommends getting children ID cards at least once a year because appearances change.

The department will be hosting more “Kiddo Cards” events before school starts.