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    Learn about warning signs and preventative measures you can take.

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Office of Children's Issues at the U.S. Department of State

Country officers are available to speak with you Monday - Friday, 8:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  For assistance with an abduction in progress or any emergency situation that occurs after normal business hours, on weekends, or federal holidays, please call toll free at 1-888-407-4747. See all contact information.



Abduction in Progress

24 Hours a day, contact us at 1-888-407-4747 or via e-mail at

If you have reason to believe that your child is in the process of being abducted by a parent, legal guardian, or someone acting on their behalf, there are steps that can be taken to prevent the abduction. Click here to learn more about the immediate steps you can take.