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.  

Connecticut State Police 
Missing Persons 
P.O. Box 2794 
Middletown, CT  06457-9294 
Phone:  860-685-8190 or 800-367-5678


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 New Haven
600 State Street
New Haven, CT 06511-6505
Phone: 203-777-6311

State Patrol
Connecticut State Police
Office of Field Operations Telephone: 860-685-8190

Department of Public Safety
Phone: 860-685-8190

Department of Transportation

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.

Self-Help Materials

Connecticut General Assembly

Connecticut Judicial Branch

Connecticut Supreme Court

Connecticut Bar Association

Connecticut Office of the Attorney General

Locator Service
Bureau of Child Support Enforcement
State of Connecticut Department of Social Services
3580 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06120-1187
Phone: 860-723-1000

Compensation Program for Crime Victims
Office of Victim Services
225 Spring Street, 4th Floor
Wethersfield, CT 06109-3418
Phone: 860-263-2761 or 888-286-7347


Resource 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 4, 2024