State Clearinghouse on Missing Children

Reason to Contact:
A state clearinghouse is usually run by law enforcement. It provides help in cases of parental child abduction.  For abductions from another country to the United States, they can help locate a child.  For abductions from the United States to another country, they can help parents in filing missing person reports.  

Kentucky State Police 
KY State Clearinghouse 
1266 Louisville Road 
Frankfort KY 40601 
Phone:  502-564-1020 or 800-543-7723


Law Enforcement

Reason to Contact:
Contact your local police to file a missing person's report. Ask them to enter your child's name into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database. 

FBI Field Office
Louisville Division
12401 Sycamore Station Place
Louisville, KY 40299-6198
Phone: 502-263-6000

State Patrol
Kentucky State Police Headquarters
919 Versailles Road
Frankfort, KY 40601
Phone: 502-782-1800

Department of Public Safety
Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet
Office of the Secretary
125 Holmes Street
Frankfort, KY 40601-2108
Phone: 502-564-7554

Department of Transportation
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
Phone: 502-564-4890

Port Authorities
Kentucky Association of River ports

Louisville Regional Airport Authority

Nationwide resources:
Taking a child from the United States, or attempting to, is a federal crime. So is keeping a child outside of the United States to block parental rights. These acts are crimes under the International Parental Kidnapping Crime Act (18 U.S.C. 1204). The FBI has jurisdictional authority to investigate federal crimes. If you have questions or believe someone has abducted your child outside of the United States or is planning to do so, contact a FBI field office in the United States. To find the FBI field office nearest to you, use this link:



Reason to Contact:
If you know your child is being taken to the airport as part of possible abduction, contact the airport for help. 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 with this process. You can reach them at or by calling 888-407-4747. 


Legal Assistance

Reason to Contact:
If you are involved in an international parental child abduction case in the United States or abroad, a legal aid group may be able to help you with your legal representation. Legal aid organizations provide free legal help or help at a low cost to eligible individuals. Eligibility is mainly based on income and resource limits. There are also rules 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.

Kentucky Office of the Attorney General
Phone: 502-696-5300      

Department of Criminal Investigations

Kentucky Legislature
Legislative Message Line: 800-372-7181 or 800-896-0305
En Español: 866-840-6574

Kentucky Court of Justice
Phone: 502-573-2350

Family Court

Kentucky State Bar Association
Phone: 502-564-3795

Locator Service
Child Support Enforcement
Department of Income Support
PO Box 2150
Frankfort, KY 40602-2150
Phone: 800-248-1163

Compensation Program for Crime Victims
Crime Victims Compensation Board
130 Brighton Park Boulevard
Frankfort, KY 40601-3714
Phone: 502-573-2290 or 800-469-2120


Resources for State Statutes

Reason to Contact:
The resource below may help you determine your state custody laws and if your state has laws on abduction prevention. You may also want to consult the Attorney General’s Office website of your state or contact an attorney licensed to practice law in your state. Please note: the resource below may not be current and may change at any time. This resource is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. 

Non-Profit Organization

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC)
333 John Carlyle Street, Suite 125
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 703-224-2150  

Last Updated: April 10, 2024