Child Abduction Section - How The DA Can Help You
We Can Help:
Did you know that the District Attorney may be able
you find your child? The District Attorney's Child Abduction
investigators have the responsibility of locating and recovering
children taken or held in violation of a custody order. If you are a
resident of Los Angeles County and you have
a legal right, pursuant to a valid court order, to custody of a child and
another person denies you that right, the District Attorney may be
able to help you locate and return your child.
It doesn't matter if the child is taken to
another part of California or even to another state or country, the
District Attorney's Office will take measures to help obtain the return
of your child.
If you have filed for custody, or have filed to
modify an existing custody order, and do not know where the other
parent and your child are, we may also be able to assist in locating the other
parent to serve him or her with notice of the upcoming court date.
These services are available to you whether or
not you have contacted the police or filed a police report.
However, although our direct assistance may ultimately lead to the recovery
of your child, contacting the police about your
situation is the only way that an abductor can be arrested,
prosecuted, and convicted for violating criminal child abduction laws.
How to Obtain our Assistance:
You will need to come to our office. The Child
Abduction Section is located in downtown Los Angeles, at 320 West
Temple St., Room 780, Los Angeles, California 90012. You can make an
appointment to speak to one of our investigators by calling (213)
974-7424. You can also simply walk in to our office Monday through
Friday, between 9:00 a.m and 4:00 p.m. A Child Abduction
Investigator is always on duty to address your concerns.
What You Will Need to Bring With You:
Bring with you a currently valid
custody order that specifies that you have primary physical
custody of your child or children. If you do not currently have a
custody order, you must begin the process of obtaining one before
the District Attorney’s Office can assist you. You can, for example,
file for custody, at which time you will be given a future date for
the hearing on custody. This document is sometimes called an
Order to Show Cause (OSC). This OSC would then need to be served
on the abducting parent. Our office would then assist you in
locating the abducting parent and serving him or her with this
If you have a current custody order, but it only
provides you with visitation (and gives primary physical custody to
the other parent) you must go to court and obtain at least an order
to show cause to modify your visitation, so that we can then serve
the abducting parent with this order.
Once you arrive at our office, you will be asked
to fill out a Child Abduction Questionnaire. This
questionnaire is also available here
on the website so that you can print it out and fill it out in
advance, if you wish. Your answers to these questions will provide
leads to our investigators who will then begin to search for your
missing child or children. In the questionnaire, you will also be
asked to state truthfully that your child has been abducted, and
that you do not currently know the location of your child and
The questionnaire also requests that you provide
us with photographs of your child and the abductor, if
You will meet with one of our investigators who
will review the information you provide to us. A case will then be
opened, and the search for your child will begin.
What We Will Do:
The District Attorney’s Office will then take all
steps necessary to locate and recover your child. These steps can
include going back to court to obtain additional orders
and/or traveling to other states to
physically recover your child and return him or her to you. You will
be notified of our progress in our investigation.