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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), signed into law on August 8, 2014, requires the Department to submit annual reports to Congress on the issue of international parental child abductions.
  • 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.