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.  

California Department of Justice
Missing/Unidentified Persons Unit
P. O. Box 903387
Sacramento, CA 94203-3870
Phone: 916-227-3290 or 800-222-3463


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

Los Angeles Field Office
11000 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 1700
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Phone: 310-477-6565
Fax: 310-996-3359

Sacramento Field Office
2001 Freedom Way
Roseville, CA 95678
Phone: 916-481-9110
Fax: 916-977-2300

San Diego Field Office
10385 Vista Sorrento Parkway
San Diego, CA 92123
Phone: 858-565-1255
Fax 858-499-7991

San Francisco Field Office
450 Golden Gate Avenue
13th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94102-9523
Phone: 415-553-7400
Fax: 415-553-7674

State Patrol
California Highway Patrol
Phone: 800-835-5247

Department of Transportation
California Department of Transportation
Phone: 916-654-2852

Port Authorities

California Association of Port Authorities
Phone: 916-444-7158

Nationwide 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. 

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.

California Office of the Attorney General 
Phone: 916-322-3360 or 800-952-5225 

Bureau of Investigation and Intelligence 
California State Legislature 
California State Courts 

Supreme Court of California 
Phone: 415-865-7000

California Courts Self-Help Center 
The State Bar of California 
Locator Service 
Department of Child Support Services 
PO Box 419064 
Rancho Cordova, CA 95741-9064 
Phone: 866-249-0773 (Recorded Messages) 
Compensation Program For Crime Victims 
Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board 
PO Box 3036 
Sacramento, CA 95812-3036 
Phone: 800-777-9929 


Resources for State Statutes

Reason to Contact:
The resources 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 resources below may not be current and may change at any time. These materials are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice.

Non-Profit Organizations 
Child Quest International Inc. 
1060 North 4th Street, Suite 200 
San Jose, CA 95112-4941 
Phone: 408-287-HOPE (4673) 
Interstate Association for Stolen Children 
Phone: 916-965-5959  

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

Polly Klaas® Foundation 
PO Box 800 
Petaluma, CA 94953-0800 
Phone: 800-587-4357 (24 hour hotline)



Last Updated: April 4, 2024