International Parental Child Abduction





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.

Colorado Bureau of Investigation
710 Kipling Street, Suite 200
Denver, CO 80215
Phone: (303) 239-4201


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
Denver Field Office
8000 East 36th Avenue

Denver, CO 80238

Phone: (303) 629-7171


State Patrol
Colorado State Patrol

Department of Public Safety
Colorado Department of Public Safety (CDPS)
700 Kipling, Ste 1000

Lakewood, CO 80215

Phone: (303) 239-4400
Fax: (303) 239-4670

Department of Transportation
Colorado Department of Public Safety

4201 E Arkansas Ave

Denver, CO 80222
Phone: (303) 757-9011

Fax: (303) 757-9201

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. 


Denver International Airport, Denver (DEN)

General Airport Information: 

8500 Pena Blvd

Denver, CO 80249-6340

Phone: (303) 342-2000



Airport Police: 

Phone: (303) 342-4211


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.

Colorado Divorce and Family Law Guide

Colorado State Judicial Branch
Phone: (303) 861-1111
Colorado Supreme Court
Phone: (303) 837-3790
Self-Help Forms

Colorado Bar Association
Phone: (303) 860-1115

Colorado State Attorney General
Phone: (303) 866-4500
Fax: (303) 866-5691

Locator Service
Division of Child Support Enforcement
Colorado Department of Human Services
1575 Sherman Street, 5th Floor
Denver, CO 80203-1702
Phone: (303) 866-4300
Fax: (303) 866-4360

Compensation Program For Crime Victims
Office for Victims Programs
Division of Criminal Justice
700 Kipling Street, Suite 1000
Denver, CO 80215-5897
Phone: (303) 239-5719
1-888-282-1080 (toll free within Colorado)

Non-Profit Organizations

Missing Children Task Force
5596 S. Sycamore St. Suite C
Littleton, CO 80120
Phone: (720) 641-6432


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)

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