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.

Vermont State Police
103 S. Main St. 
Waterbury, VT 05671
Phone: (802) 241-5000


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
Vermont is under the purview of FBI Albany
Albany Division
200 McCarty Avenue
Albany, NY 12209
Phone: (518) 465-7551
Fax: (518) 431-7463

State Patrol
Vermont State Police
Phone: (802) 241-5000
Criminal Division

Department of Public Safety
State of Vermont Department of Public Safety

Department of Transportation
Phone: (802) 828-2657

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. 

Burlington International Airport, Burlington (BTV)
Phone: (802) 863-2874

Burlington Police Department
Phone: (802) 658-2704


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.

The State of Vermont Legislature

Vermont Judiciary
Court Information
Phone: (802) 828-3278

Vermont Supreme Court
Phone: (802) 828-3278
Family Division
Phone: (802) 388-7741

Vermont Bar Association
Phone: (802) 223-2020
Fax: (802) 223-1573

Office of the Attorney General of Vermont
Phone: (802) 828-3171

Locator Service
Office of Child Support
Agency of Human Services
Department of Children and Families
103 South Main Street
Waterbury, VT 05671-1901
Phone: 1-800-786-3214

Compensation Program for Crime Victims
Victims Compensation Program
58 South Main Street, Suite 1
Waterbury, VT 05676-1599
Phone: (802) 241-1250
1-800-750-1213 (in-state only)

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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