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International Parental Child Abduction

International Parental Child Abduction


International Parental Child Abduction

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    "Desiring to protect children internationally from the harmful effects of their wrongful removal or retention…as well as to secure protection for rights of access.” 

    --Hague Abduction Convention, Preamble


International Parental Child Abduction

International parental child abduction is when a child is removed from or retained outside of their country of habitual residence, and the removal or retention violates another parent or guardian’s custody rights. The Department of State’s Office of Children’s Issues is a leader in U.S. government efforts to prevent international parental child abduction. This includes abductions both from the United States and to the United States. The Office of Children’s Issues helps children and families in abduction cases. It also promotes the goals of the Hague Abduction Convention.

If you believe your child is in the process of being abducted by a parent, legal guardian, or someone acting on their behalf, contact us: 1-888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444 or by e-mail at

Preventing Abduction

Prevention Tips on International Parental Child Abduction