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.

Illinois State Police
Clearinghouse for Missing Persons
2200 South Dirksen Parkway, Suite 238
Springfield, IL 62703-4528        
Phone: (217) 785-4341      
1-800-843-5763 (nationwide)          
Fax: (217) 557-0565


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
Chicago Field Office
2111 W. Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60608
Phone: (312) 421-6700
Fax: (312) 829-5732/38

State Patrol
Illinois State Police
General Questions -

Department of Public Safety
Illinois Health & Safety

Port Authorities

Illinois International Port District
Phone: (773) 646-4400
Fax: (773) 221-7678

Seneca Port Authority
Phone: (815) 357-6794
Fax: (815) 434-0270

Mid-America Intermodal Authority Port District
Phone: (217) 222-3111

Tri-City Regional Port District
Phone: (618) 877-8444

Hammond Port Authority
Phone: (219) 659-7678

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. 

Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Chicago (ORD)
Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA): 1-773-686-2200
Airport Security
Phone: (773) 894-8760
Chicago Police at O’Hare: (773) 686-2385

Chicago Midway International Airport, Chicago (MDW)
Chicago Midway Customer Service
Phone: (773) 838 0600
Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA): (773)-686-2200
Airport Security
Chicago Police: (773) 838-3003
TSA: (773) 498-1308

Quad City International Airport, Moline (MLI)
Phone: (309) 764-9621
Administration: (309) 764-9621
Public Safety Department: (309) 757-1739
Moline Police Department: (309) 797-0401

General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport, Peoria (PIE)
Phone: (309) 697-8272
Fax: (309) 697-8132
Operations Department: (309) 697-8272 Ext. 110
Peoria Police Department
Phone: (309) 673-4521
Administration: (309) 494-8318

Chicago Rockford International Airport, Rockford (RFD)
Phone: (815) 969-4000
Fax: (815) 969-4001
Operations: (815) 969-4011
Rockford Police Department
Administration: (815) 987-5839
Non-Emergency: (815) 966-2900


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.

Illinois Family Law

Illinois Legislative Branch

Illinois Supreme Court

Bibliography of Family Law Materials

Illinois Judicial Branch

Illinois State Bar Association

Illinois Attorney General

Compensation Program for Crime Victims
Crime Victims Compensation Bureau
Office of the Attorney General
100 West Randolph, 13th Floor
Chicago, IL 60601-3397
Phone: (312) 814-2581
1-800-228-3368, from the home page
click on the “Helping Crime Victims” link

Locator Service
Phone: 1-800-447-4278

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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