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.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation                    
Intelligence Unit                                                            
P.O. Box 370808                        
Decatur, GA 30037
Street Address:
3121 Panthersville Road
Decatur, GA  30034
Phone: (404) 244-2554
1-800-282-6564 (nationwide)
Fax: (404) 270-8851


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
Atlanta Field Office
2635 Century Parkway N.E.,
Suite 400
Atlanta, GA 30345
Phone: (404) 679-9000

Department of Public Safety
Georgia Department of Public Safety
Phone: (404) 624-7000
TDD: 1-800-443-6077

State Patrol
Georgia State Patrol
Field Operations Phone:  (404) 624-7451,2094,5635600_53423890,00.html

Department of Transportation
Georgia Department of Transportation
Phone: (404) 631-1990   
Fax: (404) 631-1844

Port Authorities

Georgia Ports Authority
Port of Savannah (Corporate Headquarters) Administration Building
Phone: (912) 964-3811
Port of Brunswick (Mayor’s Point Terminal) Administration Building
Phone: (912) 264-7295

Georgia Airports Association
Phone: (478) 746-1588
Fax: (478) 743-8278

Georgia Bureau of Investigation
Please note: You must contact your local law enforcement agency or district attorney to request an investigation.

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. 

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Atlanta (ATL) (*principal port of entry)
Phone: (404) 530-6600
Police Direct Line: (404) 530-6630
Police Fax: (404) 209-2537
Security Direct Line: (404) 530-6667
Security Fax: (404) 305-2424

Atlanta Police Department – Airport Precinct
Office: (404) 530-6630
Fax: (404) 530-6806

Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, Savannah (SAV)
Tel: (912) 964-0514
Fax: (912) 964-0877

Savannah Airport Police and Badge Office
Phone: (912) 964-7501 ext 4424 - 4425
Fax: (912) 965-2727


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.

Judicial Branch of Georgia
Self Help Resources
Administrative Office of the Courts of Georgia
Phone: (404) 656-5171
TDD/TDY: (404) 463-6788

Georgia General Assembly

Supreme Court of Georgia
Phone: (404) 656-3470
Fax: (404) 656-2253

State Bar of Georgia
Phone: (404) 527-8700
Fax: (404) 527-8717

Office of Attorney General of Georgia
40 Capital Square, SW
Atlanta, GA 30334
Phone: (404) 656-3300

Locator Service
Office of Child Support Services
Georgia Department of Human Resources
PO Box 38450
Atlanta, GA 30334-0450
Phone: (404) 657-3851;jsessionid=cf0d1e9e75a08ffffffffc5d3c9e28e6400d:ymHt

Compensation Program for Crime Victims
Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
104 Marietta Street, Suite 440
Atlanta, GA 30303-2743
Phone: (404) 657-2222
1-800-547-0060 (victims only)
Fax: (404) 657-1957,2478,43676881,00.html

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)

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