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.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement
Missing Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse
P.O. Box 1489
Tallahassee, FL 32302
Phone: (850) 410-8585
1-888-356-4774 (nationwide)
Fax: (850) 410-8744


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 Offices

Jacksonville Field Office
6061 Gate Parkway
Jacksonville, Florida 32256
Phone: (904) 248-7000
Fax: (904) 248-7404

Miami Field Office
16320 NW 2nd Avenue
North Miami Beach, FL 33169
Phone: (305) 944-9101
Fax: (305) 787-6538

Tampa Field Office
5525 West Gray Street
Tampa, FL 33609
Phone: (813) 253-1000

State Patrol
Florida Highway Patrol
Phone: (850) 617-2000

Department of Public Safety
Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
Customer Service Center: (850) 617-2000

Department of Transportation

South Florida Regional Transportation Authority
Phone: (954) 942-7245
TDD: 1-800-273-7545

Northwest Florida Transportation Corridor Authority
Phone: (850) 429-8905

Port Authorities

Jacksonville Port Authority
2831 Talleyrand Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32206-0005
Phone: (904) 357-3000
Fax: (904) 357-3060
If you need general information, call the JAXPORT Security information line at (904) 357-3023.

Tampa Port Authority
1101 Channelside Drive
Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: (813) 905-7678
Fax: (813) 905-5109

Canaveral Port Authority
445 Challenger Road, Suite 301
Cape Canaveral, FL 32920
Phone: (321) 783.7831
Fax: (321) 783.4651

Port Manatee Port Authority
13604 Reeder Rd.
Palmetto, FL 34221
Main Phone: (941) 722-6621
Security Department: (941) 722-6455

Port of Miami
1015 N. America Way, 2nd floor
Miami, FL 33132
Main Phone: (305) 347-4800
Security: (305) 347-4901

Port Everglades, Broward County
1850 Eller Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Phone: (954) 523-3404
Port Security: (954) 765-4511

Port St. Joe Port Authority
206 Monument Ave.
Port St. Joe, FL 32456
Phone: (850) 229-5240
Fax: (850) 227-7430

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. 

Daytona Beach International Airport, Daytona Beach (DAB)
Sergeant-On-Duty: (386) 547-1880
Airport Security Coordinator: (386) 248-8069 ext.8328
Staff Assistant/Security: (386) 249-8069 ext. 8373
Daytona Beach Police Department: (386) 671-5102

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Fort Lauderdale (FLL) (*principal port of entry)
100 Terminal Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315
1-866-I-FLY-FLL (1-866-435-9355)
Broward County Sheriff’s Office
Airport Police Contact Number : (305) 527-7298
                                              (954) 359-1246
Non-Emergencies: (954) 765-4321

Fort Lauderdale Police Department:
Phone: (954) 828-5700

Southwest Florida International Airport, Fort Myers (RSW)
11000 Terminal Access Road, Suite 8671
Fort Myers, FL 33913
Phone: (239) 590-4800
Police Administration: (239) 590-4771

Fort Myers Police Department
Phone: (239) 321-7700

Jacksonville International Airport, Jacksonville (JAX)
 2400 Yankee Clipper Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32218
Phone: (904) 741-4902
Fax: (904) 741-2224
Airport lost & found: (904) 741-2022

Jackson Aviation Authority Police Department:
Phone: (904)741-2040

Key West International Airport, Key West (EYW)
3491 South Roosevelt Boulevard, Key West, FL 33040-5260
Phone: (305) 296-5439
Monroe County Sheriff’s Airport Police: (305) 292-4625

Key West City Police Department:
Phone: (305) 809-1111

Melbourne International Airport, Melbourne (MLB)
One Air Terminal Pkwy. Suite 220
Melbourne, FL 32901
Phone: (321) 723-6227
Airport Police: (321) 723-6227 x 221 or (321) 288-0147.
Transportation Security Administration (U.S. Department of Homeland Security)
Phone: (321) 674-5775
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (U.S. Department of Homeland Security)
Phone: (321) 674-5798
Melbourne Police Department: (321) 409-2200

Miami International Airport, Miami (MIA) (*principal port of entry)
2100 NW 42nd Ave.
Miami, Fl 33142
Phone: (305) 876-7000
Lost & Found: (305) 876-7377
Miami-Dade Police – Airport District Station
Phone: (305) 876-7373
Fax: (305) 869-1056

Orlando International Airport, Orlando (MCO)
One Jeff Fuqua Blvd
Orlando, Florida 32827-4399
Phone: (407) 825-2001
Lost & Found: (407) 825-2111
Orlando Police Department – Airport Division
Phone: (407) 825-2075 or (407) 825-2065

Orlando Sanford International Airport, Orlando (SFB)
1200 Red Cleveland Blvd.
Sanford, FL 32773
Sanford Airport Authority: (407) 585-4000
TBI Airport Management: (407) 585-4500
Sanford Airport Authority: (407) 585-4045
TBI Airport Management: (407) 585-4545
Orlando Police Department – Airport Division: (407) 825-2075
Information Desk: (407) 246-2470

Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, Panama City (ECP)
6300 West Bay Parkway
Panama City Beach, FL 32409
Phone: (850) 763-6751
Airport Authority
Panama City Police Department
Phone: (850) 872-3100

Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, Sarasota/ Bradenton (SRQ)
Airport Information: (941) FLY-2-SRQ (359-2777)
Airport Authority Administrative Office: (941) 359-5200
Airport Police Department: (941) 359-2770 x4279
Sarasota Police Department
Phone: (941) 366-8000 or (941) 316-1199

St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport, St. Petersburg (PIE)
14700 Terminal Blvd.
Clearwater, FL 33762
Phone: (727) 453-7800
Airport Operations (727) 453-7816 (Daytime)
Pinellas County Sheriffs Deputies - Airport (727) 453-7818

Tampa International Airport, Tampa (TPA)
Airport Information: (813) 870-8700
Airport Police: (813) 870-8760
Security Information:

Palm Beach International Airport, West Palm Beach (PBI)
1000 Turnage Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Phone: (561) 471-7420
West Palm Beach Police Department: (561) 822-1600
Palm Beach County Sheriff: (561) 688-3000


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.

Florida Family Law Self-Help Center

Florida Legislature

Florida State Courts
Florida Supreme Court

The Florida Bar
Phone: (850) 561-5600
Family Law Section

Office of the Attorney General
State of Florida
The Capitol PL-01
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Phone: (850) 414-3300

Locator Service
Child Support Enforcement
The Florida Department of Revenue
PO Box 8030
Tallahassee, FL 32314-8030
Phone: (850) 717-7000
1-800-622-KIDS (5437)

Compensation Program for Crime Victims
Compensation Program for Crime Victims
Division of Victim Services
Office of the Attorney General
The Capitol, PL-01
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1050
Phone: (850) 414-3300
1-800-226-6667 (victims only)

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

A Child Is Missing
500 Southeast 17th Street, Room 101
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316-2547
Phone: (954) 763-1288
1-888-US5-ACIM (875-2246)

Child Protection Education of America, Inc.
3439 Brook Crossing Dr.
Brandon, FL 33511
Phone: (813) 626-3001
1-866-USA-CHILD (872-2445)


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)