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.

Idaho State Police
Missing Persons Clearinghouse
700 S. Stratford Dr. Ste.120
Meridian, ID 83642
Phone: (208) 884-7137
Fax: (208) 884-7193


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
Idaho falls under the purview of FBI Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City Field Office
257 East 200 South, Suite 1200
Salt Lake City, UT 84111-2048
Phone: (801) 579-1400
Fax: (801) 579-4500

State Patrol
Idaho State Police
Phone: (208) 884-7000

Department of Transportation
Idaho Transportation Department
Phone: (208) 334-8000

Port Authorities
Port of Lewiston
1626 6th Ave. N
Lewiston, Idaho 83501
Phone: (208) 743-5531
Fax: (208) 743-4243

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 Idaho


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.

Idaho State Judiciary
Phone: (208) 334-2246
Fax: (208) 947-7590

Self-Help Center, Idaho Supreme Court

Idaho State bar
Phone: (208) 334-4500
Fax: (208) 334-4515

Idaho Office of the Attorney General
700 W. Jefferson Street
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720
Phone: (208) 334-2400
Fax: (208) 854-8071

Locator Service
Bureau of Child Support Services
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
Phone: 1-800-356-9868

Compensation Program For Crime Victims
Idaho Industrial Commission
Crime Victims Compensation Program
PO Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0041
Phone: (208) 334-6080
Fax: (208) 332-7559

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)