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.
Maine State Police
Missing Children Clearinghouse
1 Game Farm Road
Gray, ME 04039
Phone: (207) 657-5714
Fax: (207) 657-5748
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
Maine is under the purview of FBI Boston
One Center Plaza
Boston, MA 02108
Phone: (617) 742-5533
Department of Public Safety
Phone: (207) 626-3800
Fax: (207) 287-3042
TTY: (207) 287-3659
Maine State Bureau of Identification
Department of Transportation
Phone: (207) 624-3000
Maine Port Authority
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: http://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field
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 PreventAbduction1@state.gov or by calling 888-407-4747.
Bangor International Airport, Bangor (BRG)
Phone: (207) 992-4600
Bangor Police Police Department phone number: (207) 947-7382
Portland International Jetport, Portland (PWM)
Phone: (207) 874-8877
Portland Police Department phone number: (207) 874-8479
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.
Pine Tree Legal Assistance-Family Law
Maine State Legislature
Maine Judicial Branch
Maine Supreme Court
Phone: (207) 822-4146
Maine State Bar Association
Phone: (207) 622-7523
Fax: (207) 623-0083
Office of the Maine Attorney General
Division of Support Enforcement & Recovery
Office of Integrated Access and Support
Department of Health and Human Services
11 State House Station, 19 Union St.
Augusta, ME 04333-0993
Phone: (207) 624-4100
Compensation Program For Crime Victims
Victims’ Compensation Program
Office of the Attorney General
6 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04330-0006
Phone: (207) 624-7882
1-800-903-7882 (in-state victims only)
www.maine.gov/ag, from the home page respectively click on the “Crime and
Victims” and “Victims’ Compensation Program” links
Contact Association of Missing and Exploited Children’s Organizations (AMECO) toll-free at 1-877-263-2620 for a referral
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).