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We have specific information on international parental child abduction that may be helpful to judges, attorneys, and law enforcement.  Please click on the appropriate links below to learn more.

We also have information on the following topics:

  • Reports and Data: The International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act (ICAPRA) requires the Department to submit annual reports to Congress on international parental child abductions. This report discusses cases outgoing from the United States to another country. Our website also has data regarding cases incoming to the United States located here.
  • Laws and Regulations: Click on the link to learn more about:
               the Hague Abduction Convention
               Explanatory Report and Legal Analysis
               Federal Laws
               Uniform State Laws
               Criminal Laws
               Missing Children Laws
               Passport Issuance
               U.S. Visas
               Additional Resources
  • Hague Convention Attorney Network: The Department of State administers an all-volunteer network of attorneys called the Hague Convention Attorney Network.  The attorneys within the Hague Convention Attorney Network provide pro bono and reduced-fee legal representation to qualified low-income applicants in international parental child abduction cases to the United States from Hague Convention countries.