It is the mission of the FBI's Crimes Against Children Unit to provide a quick and effective response to all incidents of
crimes against children. The first few hours after a child is abducted are critical, and that is why we have established the
Child Abduction Rapid Deployment (CARD) Teams.
The CARD Teams are designed to deploy teams of 4–6 experienced personnel to provide on-the-ground investigative,
technical, and resource assistance to state and local law enforcement. The CARD Teams consist of Crimes Against Children investigators
who have in-depth experience in child abduction cases. The nationwide CARD Team consists of 48 members, with two full teams
serving each region of the country. They work closely with FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit representatives, National Center for
the Analysis of Violent Crime Coordinators, and Crimes Against Children Coordinators.
In addition to their unique expertise, CARD Teams are capable of quickly establishing an on-site command post to centralize
investigative efforts and operations. Other assets they bring to the table include a new mapping tool to identify and locate
registered sex offenders in the area, national and international lead coverage, and the Child Abduction Response Plan to guide
CARD Teams are primarily involved in non-family child abductions, ransom child abductions, and mysterious disappearances
of children. They work with state and local law enforcement to protect and save the lives of innocent children.