Contact Friends and Family To Locate Your Child
Often, the key to finding your child is closer than you think. Friends and family can serve as a great resource because the taking parent may confide in them about his or her whereabouts. Read below for more information about how you can take advantage of close networks to locate your child.
Relatives and Friends of the Other Parent
If you are on good terms with the taking parent’s relatives and friends, they may be willing to help you find your child. You may have more influence with such persons than you suspect, and their interest in your child's welfare may lead them to cooperate with you.
You may find clues and information about your child’s whereabouts in school records. Contact the principal of your child’s school to find out where your child or your child’s records may have been transferred.
United States Postal Service Mail Cover
A mail cover may help you discover the new address of the taking parent or locate a family member or friend who can provide information about the taking parent’s whereabouts. Contact the United States Postal Inspection Services to request this service.
Credit Card, Telephone, and E-mail Records
Your local police may be able to obtain (by subpoena or search warrant) credit card records, telephone records of the taking parent's friends or relatives, cell phone records, or e-mail records. This information may lead the police to the taking parent and your child. Speak with state and local authorities to see if this investigation can be done.
What You Can Do
Contact the Authorities
Locate Your Child
State Departments Role
Steps You Can Take on Your Own
Learn about the Hague Abduction Convention & Local Laws
State Department's Role
Steps You Can Take On Your Own
What is the Hague Abduction Convention?
Explore Your Legal Options
Prepare for Reuniting with Your Child
Office of Children's Issues at the U.S. Department of State
Country officers are available to speak with you Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. For assistance with an abduction in progress or any emergency situation that occurs after normal business hours, on weekends, or federal holidays, please call toll free at 1-888-407-4747. See all contact information.