CI To Handle Incoming Hague Abduction Cases Beginning April 2008
Beginning April 1, 2008, the Office of Children's Issues will assume the handling of all "incoming" cases under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of Parental Child Abduction - that is, abductions of children from foreign countries to the United States. Incoming cases were previously handled by the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).
The Department of State has greatly appreciated the excellent service that NCMEC has provided in these cases to parents and children. The Office of Children's Issues aims to continue this high level of service.
Effective April 1, 2008, parents in Convention countries whose children have been wrongfully removed to the United States-or wrongfully retained in the United States-should file an application for return or access with our office. Contact our office for more information.