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.  

Louisiana Department of Social Services
Clearinghouse for Missing & Exploited Children
Louisiana State Police
LA-SAFE Hotline 800-434-8007
Phone: 337-262-3320


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
New Orleans Field Office
2901 Leon C. Simon Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70126
Phone: 504-816-3000
E-mail: Neworleans@ic.fbi.gov

State Patrol
Louisiana State Police

Department of Public Safety
Louisiana Department of Public Safety

Port Authorities

Port of South Louisiana
E-Mail Address: info@portsl.com

Port of New Orleans
Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development
Phone: 504-522-2551
Harbor Police Department

Port of Greater Baton Rouge 
Emergency Phone/Main Gate Security: 225-342-5378 

Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development 

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: http://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field



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 PreventAbduction@state.gov 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.

Louisiana General Assembly

Office of the Louisiana Attorney General

Louisiana Supreme Court
Clerk of Court's Office 504-310-2300
Judicial Administrator's Office 504-310-2550
Law Library of Louisiana 504-310-2400

Children and Families

Louisiana State Bar Association
Phone: 504-566-1600 or 800 421-LSBA (5722)

Locator Service
Office of Family Support
Support Enforcement Services Division
Louisiana Department of Social Services
PO Box 94065
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9065
Phone: 225-342-4780
www.dss.state.la.us, from the home page click on the “Child Support” link

Compensation Program for Crime Victims
Crime Victims Reparations Board
Commission on Law Enforcement
1885 Wooddale Boulevard, Suite 708
Baton Rouge, LA 70806-1550
Phone: 225-342-1749 or 888-6-VICTIM (684-2846/in-state only)
https://www.ldaa.org/victim-services, from the home page respectively click on the “Our Programs”
and “Crime Victim Reparations” links


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 15, 2024