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.

Virginia State Police Department
Missing Children's Clearinghouse
P. O. Box 27472
Richmond, VA 23261
Phone: 1 (804) 674-2196
(804) 674-2026 (24/7 Emergencies only)


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

Norfolk Field Office
509 Resource Row
Chesapeake, VA 23320
Phone: (757) 455-0100
Fax: (757) 609-2647

Richmond Field Office
1970 East Parham Road
Richmond, VA 23228
Phone: (804) 261-1044
Fax: (804) 627-4494

State Patrol
Virginia State Police
Phone: (804) 674-2000
Fax: (804) 674-2936

Department of Public Safety
Virginia Office of Public Safety
Phone: (804) 786-5351
Fax Line: (804) 371-6381

Department of Transportation
Virginia Department of Transportation
Phone: 1-800-367-7623

Port Authorities
Virginia Port Authority
Phone: 1-800-446-8098

Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
Phone: (703) 417-8600
Dulles Airport (703) 572-2950
Dulles Airport Police (703) 572-2400
Reagan National Airport (703) 417-8560
Reagan Airport Police (703) 417-2400

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. 

Newport News/ Williamsburg International Airport, Newport News (PHF)
900 Bland Blvd., Suite G
Newport News, VA 23602
Phone:  (757) 877-0221
Fax: (757) 877-6369
Newport News Police Department
Phone: (757) 928-4100

Norfolk International Airport, Norfolk (ORF)
Phone: (757) 857-3351
Airport Police: (757) 857-3344
Norfolk Police Department
Phone: (757) 664-3277
(757) 441-5610

Richmond International Airport, Richmond (RIC)
Main Switchboard (804) 226-3000
Lost and Found (804) 226-8585
TTY (804) 226-1437
Henrico County Police
Phone: (804) 501-5000

Washington Dulles International Airport, Washington, D.C. (Chantilly/ Dulles) (IAD) (*Principal port of entry)
Phone: (703) 572-2700
Lost and Found: (703) 572-8479
Airport Police: (703) 572-2400


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.

Virginia General Assembly

Virginia’s Judicial System
Supreme Court
Phone: (804) 786-2251

Virginia State Bar
Phone: (804) 775-0500
TDD/Voice Line (Hearing-Impaired): (804) 775-0502

Attorney General of Virginia
900 East Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 786-2071

Locator Service
Division of Child Support Enforcement
Virginia Department of Social Services
7 North Eighth Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3301
Phone: 1-800-468-8894, from the home page respectively click on the
“Children” and “Child Support Enforcement” links

Compensation Program for Crime Victims
Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund
PO Box 26927
Richmond, VA 23261-6900
Phone: 1-800-552-4007
Fax: (804) 367-1021
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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