By: Jake Morphonios
If you suspect that your child is at risk of parental kidnapping, now is the time to prepare. Here is what to do first.
Parental child abduction is the unlawful kidnapping of a child by one parent which deprives the other parent of his or her lawful custodial rights. This kind of child snatching not only victimizes the other parent, but it is also a serious form of child abuse.
When the abducting parent chooses to go underground or flees the state or country, recovery of the child becomes exceptionally difficult – and sometimes impossible. Because of this, if you suspect that your child is at risk of abduction you must act now. There are steps you can take to reduce the risk of abduction, as well as actions designed to make the recovery of your child far more likely.
It takes time, time that you don’t have, to assemble sufficient documentation to provide to authorities following the abduction of your child. To complicate matters, should your child be kidnapped you will most certainly not be in a calm state of mind. Focusing well enough to collect necessary materials will be difficult. Therefore, preassemble two sets of the following documents:
On the Children
- Several recent color photos of each of your children
- Two sets of your children’s fingerprints
- A list of your children’s social security numbers
- Copies of medical insurance cards
- A list of the child’s scars or other distinguishing physical marks
- Any passport numbers or drivers license numbers
- A list of your children’s bank account numbers
- A copy of any court order regarding child custody
- All your child’s email addresses or networking sites such as MySpace
- Your children’s cell phone number(s)
On the Other Parent
- Several recent color photos of the other parent or potential family abductor
- A list of the other parent’s scars or other distinguishing physical marks
- Two sets of the other parent’s fingerprints, if available
- Any passport or drivers license numbers
- A list of the other parent’s email addresses or social networking sites such as MySpace
- The other parent’s telephone number(s) and all known addresses
- The names and contact information of the other parent’s close friends and family
- A list of all credit cards, bank accounts or other financial data
- Car information including, registrations, serial numbers makes, models, descriptions
- A list of any bank or retirement accounts, negotiable instruments and brokerage accounts
- A list of any other assets which could quickly be liquidated for cash
The purpose in creating two sets of materials is so that the materials can be kept in two separate “safe” spots. If the abductor takes your set from your home, you will still be able to obtain the other set. Leave this other set somewhere you can access quickly, such as in the home of a local family member or friend. Do not leave the information in a safe deposit box because if the abduction takes place after banking hours you won’t be able to obtain your file.
Should your child be kidnapped, it is vital to quickly locate their whereabouts. Having materials gathered and well-organized will assist both you and the authorities in launching a quick and effective search for your children.
Published by: ABP World Group International Child Recovery Service
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