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Abductions from the U.S.

If your child was taken abroad from the United States by the other parent, we can help.

Abductions to the U.S.

If your child was taken from another country into the United States by the other parent, we can help.

“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

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Emergency Assistance

 

Office of Children's Issues at the U.S. Department of State

Country officers are available to speak with you Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m.  - 5:00p.m.  For assistance with an abduction in progress or any emergency situation that occurs after normal business hours, on weekends or federal holidays, please call the toll-free number below.

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  • From the U.S. & Canada1-888-407-4747
  • From Overseas +1 202-501-4444
  • For Attorneys & Judges

    Locate resources for learning about international parental child abduction. Join our attorney network.

  • Preventing Abduction

    View our list of Prevention Tips. Learn about the Passport Issuance Alert Program. Check out Passport Requirements for Children.