North Dakota


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 Dakota Bureau of Investigation
P.O. Box 5511
Bismarck, ND  58506-5511
Phone: 1 (701) 328-8100
1 (866) 885-8295


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
North Dakota is under the purview of FBI Minneapolis
FBI Minneapolis
1501 Freeway Boulevard
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
Phone: (763) 569-8000
Fax: (763) 569-8567

State Patrol
North Dakota State Highway Patrol
Phone: (701) 328-2455
Fax: (701) 328-1717

Department of Public Safety
North Dakota Department of Public Safety

Department of Transportation
North Dakota Department of Transportation
Phone: (701) 328-2500
toll free 1-855-637-6237
TTY: 1-800-366-6888
Language Interpreter Services: (701) 328-2978
Fax: (701) 328-0310

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. 

Grand Forks International Airport, Grand Forks (GFK) (*principal port of entry)
Administration Office Telephone (701)795-6981
Airport Police Contact Number: (701) 772-3301
Airport Police Contact Number After-hours phone: (701) 772-6377
Grand Forks Police Department
Phone: (701) 787-8000
Fax: (701) 780-8253

Minot International Airport, Minot (MOT)
Airport Administration Office Phone: (701) 857-4724
City of Minot Police
Phone: (701) 852-0111
Fax: (701) 839-4804


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 Dakota Child Protection Program

North Dakota Legislative Branch

North Dakota Judicial System

North Dakota Supreme Court

North Dakota Attorney General 

State Bar Association of North Dakota
504 North Washington Street
Bismarck, ND 58501-3482
Phone: (701) 255-1404
1-800-472-2685 (In State Only)

Locator Service
Child Support Enforcement Division
North Dakota Department of Human Services
PO Box 7190
Bismarck, ND 58507-7190
Phone: (701) 328-3582
toll free 1-800-231-4255
TTY: (701) 328-5425
Fax: (701) 328-5425

Compensation Program for Crime Victims
Crime Victims Compensation Program
Division of Adult Services
ND Department of Corrections 
PO Box 1898
Bismarck, ND 58502-1898
Phone: (701) 328-6195
1-800-445-2322 (in-state only)
Fax: (701) 328-6651
ND Relay TDD: 1-800-366-6888

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 11, 2018