State Clearinghouse on Missing Children

Reason to contact:

A state clearinghouse is an entity (usually law enforcement) that provides help in cases of parental child abduction.  For abductions TO the United States, they can help locate a child.  For abductions FROM the United States, they may serve as a resource to left-behind parents in filing missing person reports.

Office of Attorney General                                                      
Missing Children Services Program                                              
323 Center Street, Ste. 1100                    
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: (501) 682-1020


Law Enforcement

Reason to contact:

Contact your local police to file a missing person's report and request that your child's name be entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) computer database. 

FBI Field Office
FBI Little Rock
24 Shackleford West Boulevard, Little Rock, AR 7221-3755
Phone:  (501) 221-9100

State Patrol
Phone:  (501) 618-8900

Department of Public Safety – Same as: “Arkansas State Police”
Phone: (501) 618-8000

Department of Transportation – Same as: “Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department
Phone: (501) 569.2000

Port Authorities
Arkansas Port Authorities, Little Rock Port Terminal
Phone: (501) 490-1468

Country-wide resources:
Removing, or attempting to remove, a child from the United States or retaining a child outside of the United States with the intent to obstruct parental rights is a Federal crime under the International Parental Kidnapping Crime Act (18 U.S.C. 1204).  The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has jurisdictional authority for investigating Federal crimes.  FBI field offices are located throughout the U.S. and should be contacted if you have questions or believe your child has been or will be abducted outside of the United States.  To locate the FBI field office closest to you, access this link:



Reason to contact:

If you know your child is being taken to the airport as part of a possible abduction, contact the airport to request assistance.  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 as you undertake this process at or by calling 888-407-4747. 

There are no international airports in South Dakota.


Legal Aid

Reason to contact:

If you are party to an international parental child abduction case in the United States or abroad, a legal aid organization may be able to assist you with your legal representation.  Legal aid organizations provide legal assistance for free or for a reduced charge to eligible individuals.  Eligibility is generally based on income and resource ceilings as well as restrictions on the types of cases they will take. 

For information about legal aid and other legal referral resources, visit

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

Center for Arkansas Legal Services
Phone:  (501) 376.3423
Central Region: 1-800-950-5817
Northwest Region: 1-800-967-9224

Locator Service
Department of Finance and Administration
The Office of Child Support Enforcement
1509 West 7th St., Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone number: (501) 682-8398
Left menu click “child support home”

Compensation Program For Crime Victims
Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Board
323 Center Street, Suite 200, Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
Phone: (501) 682.1020, toll free (in-state only) 1-800-448-3014, from homepage, click “Crime and Safety”, select “crime victims”

Non-Profit Organizations
Contact Association of Missing and Exploited Children’s Organizations (AMECO) toll-free at 1-877-263-2620 for a referral


Resources for State Statutes

Reason to contact:

The resources below may be a good starting place for determining whether statutes regarding abduction prevention exist in your state.  You may want to consult the website for the Attorney General’s Office of your state or with an attorney licensed to practice law in your state.  (Please note: the resources below may not be current and may change at any time.  They are provided for informational purposes only, and are not intended to consist of legal advice).

Uniform Child Abduction Prevention Act (UCAPA) – Enactment by state

Family Abduction: Prevention and Response (6th Ed)