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.

Delaware State Police
State Bureau of Identification
1407 N. DuPont Hwy.
Dover, DE  19903
Phone: (302) 739-5883


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
Delaware is under the purview of FBI Baltimore

FBI Baltimore
2600 Lord Baltimore Drive
Baltimore, MD 21244
Phone: (410) 265-8080
Fax: (410) 277-6677

State Patrol
Delaware State Police
Phone: (302) 739-5901

Department of Public Safety
Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security
Phone: (302) 744-2680
Fax: (302) 739-4874

Department of Transportation
Delaware Department of Transportation
Phone: (302) 760-2080
1-800-652-5600 or

Port Authorities
Delaware River Port Authority
Public Safety: (856) 968-3384 or (215) 218-3750 ext. 3384

Delaware River and Bay Authority
General Administration: (302) 571-6300
Police: (302) 571-6342
Airport Administration: (302) 325-5124
DRBA Airports:

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 Delaware.


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.

Delaware Department of Justice

Family Law Commission
Phone: (302) 744-4039

Delaware State Courts
Delaware Supreme Court
Family Court of Delaware
Delaware State Bar Association
Phone: (302) 658-5279
1-800-292-7869 (from Kent & Sussex Counties)
Fax: (302) 658-5212

Locator Service
Service Division of Child Support Enforcement
Delaware Health and Social Services
84A Christiana Road
New Castle, DE 19720-3118
Phone: (302) 395-6500

Compensation Program for Crime Victims
Victims’ Compensation Assistance Program
900 N. King Street, Suite 4
Wilmington, DE 19801
Phone: (302) 255-1770
1-800-464-4357 (in-state only)
Fax: (302) 577-1326

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)