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.

Montana Department of Justice
Missing Persons Clearinghouse
P.O. Box 201402
303 N. Roberts Street, Room 471
Helena, MT  59620-1402
Phone: (406) 444-1526
Fax: (406) 444-4453


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
Montana falls under the purview of FBI Salt Lake
Salt Lake City Field Office
5425 West Amelia Earhart Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84116
Phone: (801) 579-1400
Fax: (801) 579-6000

Montana Department of Justice
Phone: (406) 444-2026
Fax: (406) 444-3549
Division of Criminal Investigation

State Patrol
Montana Highway Patrol
Phone: (406) 444-3780
Fax: (406) 444-4169

Department of Transportation
Montana Department of Transportation
Phone: (406) 444-6200   
TTY: 800-335-7592

Department of Public Safety
Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services
Phone: (406) 444-7374
Fax: (406) 444-6943

Port Authorities

Two Rivers Authority
406 N. Cheyenne Ave.
Hardin, MT 59034
Phone: (406) 665-9274
Fax: (406) 665-2719

Pondera Regional Port Authority
311 South Main, Suite D
Conrad, MT 59425
Phone: (406) 271-7237

Port of Northern Montana
112 1st Street South
Shelby, Montana 59474
Phone: (406) 434-5203
Fax: (406) 434-2761

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. 

Montana International Airports and Proper Authorities
Billings Logan International Airport, Billings (BIL)
1901 Terminal Circle
Billings, MT 59105
Phone: (406) 657-8495
Airport Police Department Personnel: (406) 657-8498
Billings Police Department
Phone: (406) 657-8460

Great Falls International Airport, Great Falls (GTF)
2800 Terminal Drive
Great Falls, Montana 59404
Phone: (406) 727-3404
Fax: (406) 727-6929
Great Falls Police Department
Phone: (406) 771-1180

Glacier Park International Airport, Kalispell (GPI)
4170 Highway 2 East
Kalispell, Montana 59901
Phone: (406) 257-5994
Fax: (406) 257-5960
Flathead County Sheriff’s Office
Phone: (406) 758-5585
Fax: (406) 758-5862

Missoula International Airport, Missoula (MSO)
5225 Highway 10 West
Missoula, Montana 59808
Phone: (406) 728-4381
Fax: (406) 549-6103
Airport Public Safety Dept: (406) 728-4381
Missoula Police Department
Normal Hours Ph: (406) 552-6303
24-Hour Desk Ph: (406) 552-6300
Fax: (406) 728-6690


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.

State Law Library of Montana

Montana Legislature

Montana’s Judicial Branch

Montana Supreme Court
Phone: (406) 444-5490
Fax: (406) 444-3274

State Bar of Montana
Phone: (406) 442-7660
Fax: (406) 442-7763

Montana Department of Justice

Locator Service
Child Support Enforcement Division
Department of Public Health & Human Services
3075 North Montana Avenue
PO Box 202943
Helena, MT 59620-2943
Phone: (406) 444-9855
Fax: (406) 444-1370

Compensation Program For Crime Victims
Crime Victim Compensation Program
Office of Victim Services and Restorative Justice
2225 11th Avenue
PO Box 201410
Helena, MT 59620-1410
Phone: (406) 444-3653

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)

Last Updated: October 16, 2018