If you are not sure about where your child was taken, locating your child is the top priority. Frequently, the abducting parent
goes to great lengths to keep this location hidden, such as changing the name of the child. You are not alone, however, in
this search. There are resources available to help you find your child. Some of these resources are listed below. Our office
will work with you to access these resources to try to locate your child as quickly as possible.
- State and Local Law Enforcement
- Law enforcement officials may be able to assist you on the local level with locating missing children. Please contact your
local city, county, or state agency for further information regarding your options and their abilities in such cases.
- U.S. Embassies
If you know the country where your child may be located, a consular officer from a U.S. Embassy or Consulate in that country
can work with government officials in that country to try to locate your child. The following information will aid in efforts
to confirm or rule out your child’s location outside of the United States:
- Your child's or children's full name (and any aliases, other names by which they may also be known);
- Your child's date and place of birth;
- The full name (and any possible aliases) of the taking parent;
- The names, addresses, telephone numbers of friends, relatives, place of employment, the taking parent's legal representative
or business connections; employment, the taking parent's legal representative or business connections.
- Your child's last known location.
- Federal Bureau of Investigation
Field offices across the country serve as the primary points of contact for those requesting FBI assistance in locating missing
children. To request FBI assistance or learn more about their services, please contact the Crimes Against Children Coordinator
at your local FBI Office.
On the web: FBI's Crimes Against Children
- International Police
The International Police Organization (INTERPOL) can assist in the location of your child by producing a Yellow Notice that
will notify INTERPOL when your child passes through an international border that is connected to the INTERPOL system. Additionally,
INTERPOL Red Notices can be issued on the taking parent based on state or federal warrants. Ask your local police to contact
INTERPOL for more information.
- National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)
NCMEC offers parents a wide array of resources and assistance depending on where you live and what your situation is. Please contact
1-800-The-Lost for more details.
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