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International Parental Child Abduction

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Prevention

New Jersey

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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.

New Jersey State Police
Missing Persons Unit
P. O. Box 7068
W. Trenton, NJ 08628
Phone: (609) 882-2000 ext. 2554
1-800-709-7090 (nationwide)
Fax: (609) 882-2719
Email: missingp@gw.njsp.org
http://www.njsp.org/divorg/invest/mpce-unit.html

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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
FBI Newark
11 Centre Place
Newark, NJ 07102-9889
Phone: (973) 792-3000
newark.fbi.gov

State Patrol
New Jersey State Police
Phone: (609) 882-2000
http://www.state.nj.us/njsp/

Department of Public Safety
Office of the Attorney General
Phone: (609) 292-4925
http://www.nj.gov/lps/

Department of Transportation
http://www.state.nj.us/transportation  

Port Authorities
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Phone: (212) 435-7000
http://www.panynj.gov/port-authority-ny-nj.html
Port Authority Police Department
Phone: (201) 239-3500
http://www.panynj.gov/police/

Delaware River Port Authority
Public Safety: (856) 968-3384    
(215) 218-3750 ext. 3384
http://www.drpa.org/

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

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Airports

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 PreventAbduction1@state.gov or by calling 888-407-4747. 

Atlantic City International Airport, Atlantic City (ACY)
Airport Information: (609) 645-7895
Airport Administration: (609) 641-3833
http://www.sjta.com/acairport/
New Jersey State Police
Phone: (609) 882-2000
http://www.state.nj.us/njsp/
Atlantic City Police Department
Phone: (609) 347-5787
http://www.acpolice.org/

Newark Liberty International Airport, Newark (EWR)
Phone: (973) 961-6000
http://www.panynj.gov/airports/newark-liberty.html

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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.


Rutgers Law Library
Guide to New Jersey Family Law
http://law-library.rutgers.edu/guide-new-jersey-family-law

New Jersey Legislature
Phone: (609) 847-3905
1-800-792-8630
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/

New Jersey Judiciary
http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/
New Jersey Supreme Court
http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/supreme/index.htm

New Jersey State Bar Association
Phone (732) 249-5000
Fax (732) 249-2815
http://www.njsba.com/

New Jersey Office of the Attorney General
http://www.state.nj.us/lps/

Locator Service
Office of Child Support
Department of Human Services
PO Box 716
Trenton, NJ 08625-0716
Phone: (609) 588-2915
1-877-NJ KIDS 1 (655-4371)
www.njchildsupport.org

Compensation Program for Crime Victims
Victims of Crime Compensation Office
Address 1: 50 Park Place, Newark, NJ 07102
Address 2: 25 Market Street, 7th Floor West Wing, Trenton, NJ 08625
Phone: 1-877-658-2221
http://www.nj.gov/oag/njvictims/contact.html

Non-Profit Organizations
Contact Association of Missing and Exploited Children’s Organizations (AMECO) toll-free at 1-877-263-2620 for a referral

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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)


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