This is what The U.S Department of State recommend parents of abducted children. We disagree. Recover your child as quick as possible, before they get alienated or worse.
Source: U.S Department of State
We strongly discourage taking desperate and possibly illegal measures to return your child to the United States. Attempts to re-abduct your child back into the United States may:
- Endanger your child and others;
- Prejudice any future judicial efforts you might wish to make in that country to stabilize the situation; and
- Result in your arrest and imprisonment in that country — If you are arrested, the foreign court will not necessarily give weight to the fact that you might have custody of your child in the United States, nor will the United States Embassy be able to secure your release.
If you do succeed in leaving the foreign country with your child, you and anyone who assisted you may be the target of arrest warrants and extradition requests in the U.S. or any other country where you are found.
Finally, there is no guarantee that the chain of abductions would end with the one committed by you. A parent who has re-abducted a child may have to go to extraordinary lengths to conceal his or her whereabouts, living in permanent fear that the child may be re-abducted again.
IMPORTANT NOTE: United States Consular officers cannot take possession of a child abducted by a parent or aid parents attempting to act in violation of the laws of a foreign country. Consular officers must act in accordance with the laws of the country to which they are assigned.
Emotional Consequences for Your Child:
If you are contemplating such desperate measures, we advise you to consider the emotional trauma inflicted on a child who is a victim of abduction and re-abduction. We discourage re-abduction not only because it is illegal, but also because of possible psychological harm to the child.
ABP World Group Ltd. can help you if your children are abducted or kidnapped. Our skilled operators can locate and recover your child from any country or region in the world.
Published by: ABP World Group International Child Recovery Services
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One thought on “International Parental Child Abduction – Re-Kidnap / Re-Abduction”
Some times laws, policies and SOP corner parents into re-kidnapping. We should fight to criminalize parental child kidnapping. At the very least, we should empower law enforcement officers with the tools they need to effectively deal with these cases in a timely manner.