Information about the Sean and David Goldman International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act

The Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection set up a program to prevent abductions. They did so in coordination with the State Department and other federal agencies. When a child is enrolled, it could prevent their departure from the United States. To enroll a child, the parent must have a custody order. The order must prohibit the child’s removal from the United States. 

If you have concerns about your child being abducted or have questions about the International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act and other abduction prevention measures, you can contact the Department of State’s Office of Children’s Issues, Prevention Branch. The phone number is 1-888-407-4747 and the e-mail is

To learn about the Prevent Abduction Program from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, click here.

Last Updated: June 24, 2024