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.

Utah Department of Public Safety
Bureau of Criminal Identification
3888 West 5400 South     
South Taylorsville, UT 84129
Phone: (801) 965-4445
1-888- 770-6477 (nationwide)


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
Salt Lake City Field Office
5425 West Amelia Earhart Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84116
Phone: (801) 579-1400
Fax: (801) 579-6000

Department of Public Safety
Utah Department of Public Safety
Administration: (801) 965-4461
Utah Highway Patrol
Phone: (801) 965-4518
Investigations Bureau
Phone: (801) 532-2168

Department of Transportation
Utah Department of Transportation
Phone: (801) 965-4000

Port Authority
Port 15 Utah
Phone: (435) 868-8248
           (435) 865-0050
Fax: (435) 865-0054

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. 

Salt Lake City International Airport, Salt Lake City (SLC)
776 North Terminal Drive
Salt Lake City, Utah 84116
Phone: (801) 575-2400
Toll free: (800) 595-2442
Lost & Found: (801) 575-2427

Salt Lake City Police Department
Phone: (801) 799-3000


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.

Utah Legal Services
Phone: (801) 328-8891 (within S.L. county)  
1-800- 662-4245 (outside S.L. County)  
Fax: (801) 328-8898
Domestic Law Handbook

Utah Family Law

Utah State Legislature

Utah State Courts
Administrative Office of the Courts
450 South State
P. O. Box 140241
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-0241
Phone: (801) 578-3800
Fax: (801) 578-3843

Utah Supreme Court
Phone: (801) 578-3900
Fax: (801) 578-3999
Self-Help Resources
Family and Children Resources

Utah State Bar
Phone: (801) 531-9077
Fax: (801) 531-0660

Utah Attorney General
General Office Numbers: (801) 366-0260, (801) 538-9600, (801) 366-0300
Toll Free within the State of Utah: (800) AG4 INFO (244-4636)

Locator Service
Office of Recovery Services
Child Support Services
Utah Department of Human Services
PO Box 45033
Salt Lake City, UT 84145-0033
Phone: (801) 536-8500
1-800-662-8525 (in-state only)

Compensation Program For Crime Victims
Office of Crime Victim Reparations
350 East 500 South, Suite 200
Salt Lake City, UT 84111-3347
Phone: (801) 238-2360
Fax: 801-533-4127

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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