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We consult with parents of abducted children in both U.S. and abroad and assist in strategy and bringing your child home.

Interstate and International Parental Abduction Support

International Parental Child Abduction from the U.S.: Reuniting with your Child


Reuniting with Your Child

Reuniting with your child can be a powerful and emotional event, especially if the reunification takes place after a prolonged period of time. You and your child will no doubt be experiencing a wide range of emotions around this important occasion. Your case officer can provide you advice about reunification, and can help coordinate U.S.and foreign government authorities’ involvement.

Reunification Funds

The financial costs of reunification to left-behind parents can be substantial. The Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) has established a fund called The Federal Crime Victim Assistance Fund. When no other resources are available, this fund has at times been used to assist left-behind parents with travel costs associated with reunification. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children administers the OVC funds for left-behind parents. To learn about whether you might qualify for such assistance, contact your case officer.

Immediate Steps

If this is an urgent situation, call 911.


IMPORTANT: If you have any reason to suspect that:

  1.   Your child is at risk of being taken outside the country

  2.   Your child is at risk of harm (e.g. your ex-partner has a history of violence, mental illness, etc.)


You must tell law enforcement your concerns so they can take immediate action.

  1.   Attempt to get a hold of the other parent or your child. Call all of their telephone numbers that are available to you. Document any conversations you have, messages you receive, or even document when there began a complete lack of communication.

  2.   Report your child missing to law enforcement. This report can be made over the phone or in person at your nearest detachment. The search for your child must begin quickly. Decisions regarding criminal charges against the abducting parent can be made later.

  3.   You do not have to wait to report your child missing.

  4.   If you have a custody order or written custody agreement, it is helpful for you to have it on hand when you call the police as it is one of the things they will ask you about. Do not worry if you do not have a custody order or written custody agreement in place — this will not impact your ability to report the situation to police. You can take action later to get an order in place once you have had time to consult with a lawyer about the particulars of your situation.

  5.   When you call the police it will be helpful to have on hand identification numbers (e.g. birth certificate, passport, etc.) and descriptive information about your child, as well as information about the abducting parent.

  6.   Tell the police if your child has a medical condition that will require attention.

  7.   Make sure you get the following information from law enforcement:

  8.   An incident number

  9.   The name of the officer taking the report

  10.    A phone number to call for follow-up

If you think your child may already be outside the country, and you have an idea where they may be, contact the Central Authority within your province to determine if you can commence a Hague Application.


Working with Police

The job of the police is to help you in the event that your child is missing. They play a very important role in the efforts to find your child. It is important that you work with law enforcement to the best of your ability, remain patient, and be understanding. Law enforcement will do the best they can; however, working with them may not always seem easy. They may have significant limitations in terms of what they can do. For a criminal case, an investigation must take place and police must gather evidence to support a charge.

You Can Expect Law Enforcement to...

Take your report immediately; if you believe your child has been abducted by their other parent you must be persistent with police as time is of the essence.


When you first contact the police, make sure you receive:

1. An incident number

2. The name of the officer taking the report

3. A phone number for you to call for follow-up

If you have difficulty making a report to the police, please contact IPA.org immediately.

Police will most likely send a responding officer to your location to gather more information and details.

The police have some discretion on how to proceed. Your child’s safety is their number one priority and supercedes any custody arrangement.

 

Tips for Working With The Police

The police may ask you questions with regard to your child, the abducting parent and the history of your relationship. It is absolutely critical that you be honest with them. Given the nature of these types of cases it is tempting for a searching parent to be self-protective and restrict information that might place them in a negative light. When your child has been abducted, the police are a resource to you. If you are not honest with them they may waste valuable time questioning the accuracy of your information. In order to ensure their cooperation you, too, must cooperate fully. No parent is perfect, and what is most important is having your child safely located.

When the police are actively investigating your case, consult with them on any individual search efforts you plan to make. They may have information that you are unaware of.

Build a relationship as quickly as possible with the lead investigator on your case and/or work with a non-profit agency that can help you bridge this connection.

You might have to put a great deal of trust in the police and their efforts even though they might not be sharing a lot of information with you. Consider that there may be a very good reason for the officers to protect the investigation.

If you are concerned that your case is not being investigated properly, please consult with your us caseworker about the best way to deal with this issue.

Remember that all facts will come to light eventually and it is best if they are explained to police right away and directly from you, not from a third party.

 

Questions to Ask Police:

Amber Alerts are rarely used in parental abduction cases, however, if you feel that your child’s life is in danger ask the police about the use of this tool.

If the criteria for an Amber Alert are not met, talk to law enforcement about whether or not any release of information to the media/public is being considered. In many cases, it may not be helpful to have such a release and this determination will need to be carefully made on a case-by-case basis.

Ask the police whether or not you should be contacting the friends and/or family of the abducting parent to try and locate or gather information, and whether or not there are other steps they would like you to take.

It is important to note that police may lay a charge of parental abduction when there is a court order in place that has been knowingly violated. In circumstances where there is no order of custody, charges may still be laid against the abducting parent, provided the Attorney General of the province involved has approved the charges.


We can help you liaise with police services, and can advocate on behalf of you to the police if needed.

We can also help you prioritize the steps you need to take based on the unique circumstances of your situation.

 

Remember:


We can help you liaise with police services, and can advocate on behalf of you to the police if needed.

We can also help you prioritize the steps you need to take based on the unique circumstances of your situation.


Consider calling us to request additional support and assistance.


Child Recovery


Our intelligence and investigative capabilities combined with our ability to dispatch personnel to most locations in the world offer a safe and strategic solution to protecting what is most important to you, your child(ren.)

Unfortunately in the present climate, parental kidnapping occurs all too frequently and we are here to help you through what can be an extremely traumatic period.

We are aware that parental child abduction can be difficult to resolve, but through the use of professional operatives with the skills and expertise necessary we work to find a resolution. We are here to help you.

Our successful recovery and reunification strategies rely on the use of all the means available  including, but not limited to:

- Electronic Forensic Foot printing Investigations

- Intelligence Gathering 

- Information Specialists/Skip Tracing 

- Evidence Procurement 

- Interview/Evaluation 

- Surveillance Special Ops 

- Non-Combatant Evacuation Ops 

- Domestic Support 

- International Operations 

- Maritime/Land/Air transport

  1. -GPS Tracking


We understand your pain.


Searching For and Locating your Missing Child

In order to take advantage of the many legal tools available to help bring your child home, your child’s general whereabouts must be known. You will need help with this. Law enforcement needs to be engaged in the search for your child. Additionally, we can also be a significant resource for you at this time.

We also advocating for you with stakeholders, both nationally and internationally, in the search for your child (i.e. with police, media, and other related systems). These steps are taken in order to elicit tips and information to be used in locating your child.

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