International Parental Child Abduction



North Carolina


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.

North Carolina Center for Missing Persons
4706 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC  27699-4706
Phone: 1-800-522-5437 (nationwide)
Fax: (919) 715-1682,000014,000081


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
Charlotte Field Office
7915 Microsoft Way
Charlotte, NC 28273
Phone: (704) 672-6100
Fax: (704) 672-6595

Department of Public Safety
North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety,000014

State Patrol
North Carolina Highway Patrol
Phone: (919) 733-7952,000014

Department of Transportation
North Carolina Department of Transportation
Phone: 1-877-DOT-4YOU (368-4968)

Port Authority

North Carolina State Ports Authority
Phone: (910) 763-1621
Fax: (910) 763-1621

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. 

Charlotte/Douglas International Airport, Charlotte (CLT)
5501 Josh Birmingham Parkway
Charlotte, NC 28208
Phone: (704) 359-4000
Airport Law Enforcement & Emergency: (704) 359-4012

Piedmont Triad International Airport, Greensboro (GSO)
1000 A Ted Johnson Parkway
Greensboro, NC 27409
Greensboro: (336) 665-5600
High Point: (336) 454-3213
Winston-Salem: (336) 721-0088
24 Hour Info (336) 665-5666
Piedmont Triad International Airport Police
Dept Phone: (336) 665-5635
Fax: (336) 665-5643

Raleigh-Durham International Airport, Raleigh (RDU) (*principal port of entry)
2400 John Brantley Blvd
Morrisville, NC 27560
Airport Information: (919) 840-2123
Airport Authority Administration: (919) 840-7700
Airport Authority Fax: (919) 840-0175
Police: (919) 840-7550 or 7551 (non-emergency)
RDU International Airport Police Department
Non-Emergency Police Assistance: (919) 840-7510

Wilmington International Airport, Wilmington (ILM)
1740 Airport Blvd., Suite 12
Wilmington, NC 28405
Phone: (910) 341-4125
Administration Phone: (910) 341-4333
Fax: (910) 341-4365
Aiport Police: (910) 341-4336
New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office
Phone: (910) 798-4200
Fax: (910) 798-4212


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.

North Carolina Department of Justice
Attorney General’s Office
9001 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-9001
Phone: (919) 716-6400
Fax: (919) 716-6750

State Bureau of Investigation
Post Office Box 29500
Raleigh, NC 27626
Phone: (919) 662-4500
Fax: (919) 662-4523

North Carolina General Assembly
Legislative Building
16 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: (919) 733-7928

North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts
P.O. Box 2448
Raleigh, NC 27602-2448
Administrative Office of the Courts: (919) 890-1000

Supreme Court of North Carolina
Clerk’s Phone: (919) 831-5700

North Carolina State Bar
Phone: (919) 828-4620

Locator Service
Child Support Enforcement
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
PO Box 20800
Raleigh, NC 27619-0800
Phone: (252) 789-5225

Compensation Program for Crime Victims
Crime Victims Compensation Commission
4703 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-4703
Phone: (919) 733-7974
1-800-826-6200 (in-state only victims’ line)

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)

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