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International Parental Child Abduction

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Prevention

Ohio

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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.

Missing Children Clearinghouse
Attorney General's Office
Office of Victims Services Section
150 E. Gay Street, 25th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215-4231
Phone: (614) 466-3552
1-800-325-5604 (nationwide)
http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/MissingKids

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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 Offices

Cincinnati Field Office
2012 Ronald Regan Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45236
Phone: (513) 421-4310
Fax: (513) 979-8450
Email: Cincinnati@ic.fbi.gov
http://cincinnati.fbi.gov/

Cleveland Field Office
1501 Lakeside Avenue Cleveland, OH 44114
Phone: (216) 522-1400
Fax: (216) 622-6717
E-mail: cleveland.cv@ic.fbi.gov
http://cleveland.fbi.gov/

State Patrol
Ohio State Highway Patrol
http://statepatrol.ohio.gov/

Department of Public Safety
Ohio Department of Public Safety
Director’s Office: (614) 466-3383
Fax: (614) 466-0433
http://publicsafety.ohio.gov/index.stm

Port Authorities

Southeastern Ohio Port Authority
Phone: (740) 568-1958
Fax: (740) 373-7496
http://www.pioneerspirit.us/

Belmont County Ohio Port Authority
Phone: (740) 695-4397
Fax: (740) 695-4064
http://www.bcoportauthority.com/

Lorain Port Authority
Phone: (440) 204-2269
http://www.lorainportauthority.com/

Columbus Regional Airport Authority
Airport Administration: (614) 239-4000
Lost and Found: (614) 239-5035
http://www.columbusairports.com/default.asp

Summit County Port Authority
Phone: (330) 762-4776
Fax: (330) 762-5178
http://www.summitportauthority.org/

Conneaut Port Authority
Phone: (440) 593-1300
http://www.conneautportauthority.com/

West Central Ohio Port Authority
Phone: (937) 521-2136
http://www.westcopa.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 PreventAbduction@state.gov or by calling 888-407-4747. 

FBI Field Offices

Cincinnati Field Office
2012 Ronald Regan Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45236
Phone: (513) 421-4310
Fax: (513) 979-8450
Email: Cincinnati@ic.fbi.gov
http://cincinnati.fbi.gov/

Cleveland Field Office
1501 Lakeside Avenue Cleveland, OH 44114
Phone: (216) 522-1400
Fax: (216) 622-6717
E-mail: cleveland.cv@ic.fbi.gov
http://cleveland.fbi.gov/

State Patrol
Ohio State Highway Patrol
http://statepatrol.ohio.gov/

Department of Public Safety
Ohio Department of Public Safety
Director’s Office: (614) 466-3383
Fax: (614) 466-0433
http://publicsafety.ohio.gov/index.stm

Port Authorities

Southeastern Ohio Port Authority
Phone: (740) 568-1958
Fax: (740) 373-7496
http://www.pioneerspirit.us/

Belmont County Ohio Port Authority
Phone: (740) 695-4397
Fax: (740) 695-4064
http://www.bcoportauthority.com/

Lorain Port Authority
Phone: (440) 204-2269
http://www.lorainportauthority.com/

Columbus Regional Airport Authority
Airport Administration: (614) 239-4000
Lost and Found: (614) 239-5035
http://www.columbusairports.com/default.asp

Summit County Port Authority
Phone: (330) 762-4776
Fax: (330) 762-5178
http://www.summitportauthority.org/

Conneaut Port Authority
Phone: (440) 593-1300
http://www.conneautportauthority.com/

West Central Ohio Port Authority
Phone: (937) 521-2136
http://www.westcopa.org/

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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.


Ohio Attorney General
http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/

Ohio Legal Services
http://www.ohiolegalservices.org/public/legal_problem

The Supreme Court of Ohio and the Ohio Judicial System
General Information: (614) 387-9000
Office of the Clerk: (614) 387-9530
http://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/

Ohio State Bar Association
Phone: (614) 487-2050
Fax: (614) 487-1008
E-mail: osba@ohiobar.org
http://www.ohiobar.org

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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