International Parental Child Abduction





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.

Pennsylvania State Police
Bureau of Criminal Investigation
1800 Elmerton Avenue
Harrisburg, PA  17110
Phone: (717) 783-0960
Fax: (717) 705-2306


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

Philadelphia Field Office
William J. Green, Jr. Building
600 Arch Street, 8th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: (215) 418-4000

Pittsburgh Field Office
3311 East Carson Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Phone: (412) 432-4000
Fax: (412) 432-4188

State Patrol
Pennsylvania State Police
Phone: (717) 783-5599

Criminal Investigation Assessment /Missing Persons Unit
Pennsylvania State Police
Bureau of Criminal Investigation
Phone: (717) 783-0960
Cell: (717) 943-2477
Fax: (717) 705-2306

Department of Transportation
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
Phone: (717) 787-2838

Port Authorities
Port Authority of Allegheny County

Philadelphia Regional Port Authority
Phone: (215) 426-2600
Fax: (215) 426-6800

Port Erie
Phone: (814) 455-7557
Fax: (814) 455-8070

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. 

Lehigh Valley International Airport, Allentown (ABE)
Communication Center Phone # (24hrs): (610) -266-6000
1- 800-FLY-LVIA (800-359-5842)
Administrative Offices: (610) 266-6001 (M-F 8am-4:30pm)
Administrative Fax: (610) 264-0115
Customer Service: (610) 231-5224
Lost & Found:
Police Department
Phone: (610) 266-6000

Erie International Airport (Tom Ridge Field), Erie (ERI)
Airport Authority: (814) 833-4258
Airport Fax: (814) 833-0393
Fire/Police: (814) 833-4258
Police and Public Safety

Harrisburg International Airport, Harrisburg/ Middletown (MDT)
Phone: (717) 948-3900
Toll-free: (888) 2-FLY-HIA (888 235-9442)
Lower Swatara Township Police Department
Administration: (717) 939-0463
Non-emergencies: (717) 558-6900

Philadelphia International Airport, Philadelphia (PHL)
Phone: (215) 937-6937
TDD (215) 937-6755
Airport Police:  (215) 937-6918
Philadelphia Police Department

Pittsburgh International Airport, Pittsburgh (PIT)
Phone: (412) 472-3525
Fax: (412) 472-3636
Lost and found: (412) 472-5526
Airport police: (412) 472-5510
Allegheny County Police
Phone: (412) 473-1200

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport, Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton (AVP)
Phone: 1-877-2-FLYAVP
Pittston Township Police Department
Phone: (570) 655-6350


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.

Jenkins Law Library
Family Law Resources In Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania General Assembly

The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Supreme Court
Phone: (717) 787-6181
Family Division
Clerk of Courts: (215) 686-3805

Pennsylvania Bar Association
Phone: 1- 800-932-0311

Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General

Locator Service
Bureau of Child Support Enforcement
Department of Public Welfare
PO Box 8018
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8018
Phone: 1-800-932-0211

Compensation Program For Crime Victims
Victims Compensation Assistance Program
PO Box 1167
Harrisburg, PA 17108-1167
Phone: (717) 783-5153

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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