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.

Minnesota State Clearinghouse                        
MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension                
1430 Maryland Ave. E     
St. Paul, MN  55106
Phone: 651-793-7000   


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
Minneapolis Field Office
1501 Freeway Boulevard
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
Phone: 763-569-8000
Email: minneapolis@ic.fbi.gov 

State Patrol
Minnesota State Patrol
Phone: 651-201-7100

Department of Public Safety
Minnesota Department of Public Safety
Phone: 651-215-1328

Department of Transportation
Minnesota Department of Transportation
Phone: 651-296-3000 or 00-657-3774
TTY, Voice, or ACSII:  800-627-3529

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.

Minnesota State Legislature

Minnesota Judicial Branch
Phone: 651-297-7650
Self-Help Center: Divorce, Custody, and Family Law

Minnesota State Bar Association
Phone: 612-333-1183 or 800-882-6722

Office of Minnesota Attorney General

Locator Service
Child Support Enforcement Division
PO Box 64946
Saint Paul, MN 55164-0946
Phone: 651-431-4400
www.dhs.state.mn.us, from the home page respectively click on the “A-Z topics” and “Child Support” links

Compensation Program for Crime Victims
Crime Victims Reparations Board
445 Minnesota Street, Suite 2300
St. Paul, MN 55101-1515
Phone: 651-201-7300 or 888-622-8799


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