State Clearinghouse on Missing Children

Reason to Contact:
A state clearinghouse is usually run by law enforcement. It provides help in cases of parental child abduction. For abductions from another country to the United States, they can help locate a child. For abductions from the United States to another country, they can help parents in filing missing person reports. 

Alabama Bureau of Investigation/Missing Children
P.O. Box 1511
Montgomery, AL 36102-1511 
Phone: 800-228-7688


Law Enforcement

Reason to Contact:
Contact your local police to file a missing person's report. Ask them to enter your child's name into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database. 

FBI Field Offices

Birmingham Field Office
1000 18th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
Phone: (205) 326-6166
Fax: (205) 279-1590     

Mobile Field Office
200 North Royal Street
Mobile, AL 36602 
Phone: (251) 438-3674
Fax: (251) 415-3235

State Patrol
Highway Patrol Headquarters
301 South Ripley Street
Montgomery, AL 36104
Phone: (334) 242-4393

Department of Public Safety

Alabama Department of Public Safety
Phone: (334) 517-2800
Email: Alabama Law Enforcement Agency

Department of Transportation
Alabama Department of Transportation
Phone: (334) 242-6787

Port Authority
Alabama State Port Authority
General Information: (888) 251-5755
Port Police: (251) 441-7777

Nation-wide resources:
Taking a child from the United States, or attempting to, is a federal crime. So is keeping a child outside of the United States to block parental rights. These acts are crimes under the International Parental Kidnapping Crime Act (18 U.S.C. 1204). The FBI has jurisdictional authority to investigate federal crimes. If you have questions or believe someone has abducted your child outside of the United States or is planning to do so, contact a FBI field office in the United States. To find the FBI field office nearest to you, use this link:



Reason to Contact:
If you know your child is being taken to the airport as part of possible abduction, contact the airport for help. You should have copies of all custody and legal documents ready to send by email or fax, if needed. You can contact the State Department’s Office of Children’s Issues to assist you with this process. You can reach them at or by calling 888-407-4747. 


Legal Assistance

Reason to Contact:
If you are involved in an international parental child abduction case in the United States or abroad, a legal aid group may be able to help you with your legal representation. Legal aid organizations provide free legal help or help at a low cost to eligible individuals. Eligibility is mainly based on income and resource limits. There are also rules on the types of cases they will take. 

Follow the prompts for the particular state in which you are seeking legal services.

Alabama State Legislature 
House Information: 334-242-7600
Senate Information: 334-242-7800

University of Alabama Law Clinic
Phone: 205-348-4960

Administrative Office of Courts for Alabama's Judicial System
Phone: 334-959-5000 or 866-954-9411

Supreme Court of Alabama
Phone: 334-229-0700

Alabama State Bar Association
Phone: 334-269-1515 or 800-354-6154

Alabama Family Law Section
Phone: 205-803-3500 

State of Alabama Attorney General's Office
Phone: 334-242-7300 

Locator Service 
Alabama Department of Human Resources
Child Support Enforcement Division
PO Box 304000
Montgomery, Alabama 36130-4000
Phone: 334-242-9300

Compensation Program for Crime Victims
Alabama Crime Victims Compensation Commission
5845 Carmichael Road
Montgomery, AL 36117-2329
Phone: 334-290-4420


Resources for State Statutes

Reason to Contact:
The resource below may help you determine your state custody laws and if your state has laws on abduction prevention. You may also want to consult the Attorney General’s Office website of your state or contact an attorney licensed to practice law in your state. Please note: the resource below may not be current and may change at any time. This resource is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. 

Non-Profit Organization

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC)
333 John Carlyle Street, Suite 125
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 703-224-2150  

Last Updated: April 3, 2024