Al Jazeera, The Stream on International Parental Child Abduction and Child Recovery Services


September 10, 2013

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International Parental Child Abduction – Stephen Watkins Story – CAN YOU HELP?


September 2, 2013

Source: Stephen Watkins (Left Behind Father)

CAN YOU HELP?

Please post some comments below – I am seriously thinking of riding my bike from Toronto to Ottawa to raise funds and deliver our first Law Resolution proposal from up to 8 law proposals.

Stephen Watkins

I am doing this to help raise funds for the enormous legal costs associated with Parental Child Abductions which there is NO financial assistance provided to families by the Canadian government and to help bring my two sons, Alexander and Christopher Watkins, home who were internationally abducted to Poland in 2009.

This is a big thing for me to accomplish as I am a big guy and not exactly fit. Its not the sort of thing you would expect of a parent who is fighting to return home their abducted children. Poland may have broken up to 5 International treaties between Canada in not returning my Canadian sons and our Canadian government is doing nothing about it to enforce the treaties against other countries that have signed but that are not following the international treaties and conventions.

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It feels like the Canadian government believes that its the responsibility its own Canadian citizens to uphold our international agreements that our own previous Canadian governments have signed throughout the years. It feels that it is left upon the shoulders of a regular Canadian parent to take other countries to courts themselves to prove that other countries are in breach of not following international treaties and conventions rather then the Canadian government’s responsibility to get involved themselves and enforce our agreements to bring home our abducted children.

I plan to take the country of Poland to the EU courts to show evidence that the Polish justice system failed to follow up to 5 international treaties and conventions to get and “Order for Return” of my two abducted sons who are “Wards” of the country of Poland as the Polish Courts have removed the parental rights of the abducting mother due to child protection concerns prior to notifying Canadian authorities of the boys location.

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Canada’s Foreign Affairs have communicated that abducted Canadian children have never been “Wards” of another country after an International Kidnapping. The abducting mother is on Canada’s RCMP Most Wanted list and the Canadian government has issued a world-wide Interpol “Red Notice” for her arrest. After two-and-a-half years, the Canadian Criminal courts have ruled a GUILTY verdict for the abducting mother and her father, the children’s grandfather living in Canada, was sentenced by the Canadian Courts.

This has set precedence here in Canada. Intentional Child Abductions affects so many families in Canada. A group of affected parents and myself are working together in a group formed called the iCHAPEAU Association working towards creating Canada’s iCHAPEAU Act. I have NO idea how I can accomplish this bike journey so I am learning from other events posted online, such as “The Ontario Ride to Conquer Cancer”, who have incorporated biking in their causes. Hoping to make connections with others online who know how to train, plan such a bike journey and help in this fundraising event. If you can help, contact me through the iCHAPEAU either online or on Facebook. Thanks!
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International parental child abductions rise with global migration


February 26, 2013

Source: TheStar.com

As cross-border relationships become more common, so do cases involving kids seized and taken to another country. Left-behind parents want changes to the law.
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Stephen Watkins and sons, Alexander and Christopher. Police believe the boys are in Poland.

When a grandfather was found guilty last year of helping his daughter abduct her two boys to Poland, history was made. It was Canada’s first criminal conviction involving international child abduction by a parent.

Outside the Newmarket court where 78-year-old Tadeusz Ustaszewski’s sentencing was taking place, a group of Canadian parents held up signs and photos of their missing children, hoping to draw public attention to the issue of cross-border child abductions by estranged spouses.

Frustrated by legal bureaucracy, countries indifferent to Canadian court orders, and what they say is scant support from the Canadian government, left-behind parents have launched their own advocacy group. They plan to campaign for changes in the law to better detect and prevent child abduction.

“People paint it as a custody matter, but really, these countries have signed the international treaties and do not comply with these treaties.”

STEPHEN WATKINS – FOUNDING MEMBER OF ICHAPEAU

So far, the group involves 13 families and 16 “lost” children. It is part of a growing movement in North America for stronger enforcement of the Hague Child Abduction Convention — a 32-year-old international treaty that deals with the return of children abducted by a non-custodial parent and transferred from one country to another.

“The fact is you have this melting pot of different nationalities. You date people of different nationalities, get married, have children — and they decide to go home,” said Stephen Watkins, a founding member of iCHAPEAU (International Child Harbouring & Abduction Prevention Enforcement Act Under-law).

“People paint it as a custody matter, but really, these countries have signed the international treaties and do not comply with these treaties.”

With the ease of global travel and explosion of Internet romances, the world has become smaller. Romantic relationships — and breakups — that span national borders have become more common.

These relationship breakdowns, often nasty for adults in the same locale, can be even more complicated when children and multiple government jurisdictions are involved.

A 2012 study by Nigel Lowe and Victoria Stephens at the Cardiff Law School in the United Kingdom found that the global number of Hague Convention applications to retrieve an abducted child had risen by 45 per cent since 2003.

According to a U.S. State Department report, the number of new international parental child abduction cases in the United States alone has doubled since 2006, from 642 to 1,135, with the majority of cases involving children taken to one of the convention’s 89 signatory countries.

But the child return rate is far from satisfactory. In 2009, the report said, only 436 children abducted to or wrongfully retained in other countries were returned to the U.S. Of these children, 324, or 74 per cent, were from a convention country.

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“The goal of the convention is to establish clearly defined procedures for the prompt return of children . . . to provide an effective deterrent to parents who contemplate abducting their children,” said the Report on Compliance with the Hague Convention.

“Unfortunately, current trends reflect a steady increase in the number of international parental child abduction cases and highlight the urgency of redoubling efforts to promote compliance with convention obligation and encourage additional nations to join it.”

A left-behind parent can apply through what’s known as the central authority of his or her country to have a wrongfully removed child returned to the place of “habitual residence.”

The parent must provide details of the case in the Hague Convention application, which will then be sent by the central authority to the foreign state to which the child was taken.

Once the application is received, the court in the receiving country must determine if the conditions set out for the child’s return are met and if any exceptions to the return of the child exist.

Canada does not maintain national statistics on the number of Hague Convention applications and number of child returns to the country, said Carole Saindon, a spokesperson for the Department of Justice, which oversees the central authority administration in Canada.

“It is important to note that a decision by a court not to order the return of a child does not mean that the convention is not being properly applied in that state,” Saindon said in an email.

“While a left-behind parent may not agree with the child leaving Canada, the situation does not necessarily constitute a wrongful removal or retention for the purposes of the Hague Convention.”

In instances where a left-behind parent is dissatisfied with the result, she said, the parent or the Canadian central authority can raise their concerns with the foreign central authority and attempt to resolve any issues.

However, “where a left-behind parent disagrees with the decision of a foreign court not to return his or her child, he or she needs to evaluate the matter in consultation with private legal counsel,” Saindon said.

The issue of international child abduction is not new, but it received global attention in 2008 with the case of Sean Goldman, the child at the centre of an international legal battle between his American father, David Goldman, and the family of his deceased Brazilian ex-wife, Bruna Bianchi Carneiro Ribeiro.

After winning his son back in 2009 with a favourable decision by the Brazilian Supreme Court, Sean’s father and his supporters, in the same year, established the Bring Sean Home Foundation, run by volunteers for the campaign to return internationally abducted children.

Most significantly, the foundation has been pushing for the Sean and David Goldman International Child Abduction, Prevention and Return Act (HR1940) — an inspiration for Watkins, whose sons, Christopher and Alexander, were taken to Poland in 2009 by their mother, Ustaszewski’s daughter, Edyta.

“The biggest reason the convention is largely inefficient is there are no penalties for non-compliance. There are no repercussions for not complying,” said Mark DeAngelis, the foundation’s executive director.

The bill, expected to be introduced to the U.S. Congress in 2013, proposes establishing an Office on International Child Abductions to promote measures to prevent abductions from the U.S., advocate for abducted children and assist left-behind parents in resolving their cases.

Watkins, of iCHAPEAU, said Canada should adopt a similar approach and penalize convention non-compliant nations by delaying or cancelling official visits and scientific and cultural exchanges; withdrawing Canadian development assistance; and restricting travel by their nationals.

“We need to impose sanctions against non-compliant countries,” said Watkins, adding that educating Canadian officials in child welfare and courts to flag at-risk cases is also key to abduction prevention.

Jeffery Morehouse of Bring Abducted Children Home, an advocacy group for American left-behind parents, agrees.

“We need to have an open public discussion of what’s going on,” he said from Washington. “We must step up and be vocal. Enough is enough. We are not going to condone the trafficking of children to a foreign country without recourse.”

More: The tales of four left-behind Canadian parents

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International Parental Child Abduction – Canada Fighting to Get Kidnapped Kids Back from Poland


Source: Youtube

CHARLES ADLER (Sun News Media) Interview with Stephen Watkins – International Parental Child Abduction – The non-custodial mother of Stephen Watkins’ children kidnapped the two boys from Canada and fled to Poland without custody. He’s now fighting to get them back from Poland. The Polish Courts have refused to return the Canadian Children back to Canada using a loop hole of the Hague Convention Treaty.

After being Missing and searching for two and a half years, the two little boys were located in Warsaw, Poland as a result of a Polish School taking the abducting mother, Edyta Ustaszewska (Watkins) to Court to limit her parental rights due to child protection concerns and sending a court summons to the father to appear in Polish court but delayed telling the father by 11-months.

The Polish Court taking this action had NO idea that another Polish Court Ordered Polish Police to search Poland-wide in January 2010 for these Missing / Abducted children known through social media as the “Watkins Missing Children” and that the two boys were already flagged by the Polish Police, the recognized Polish National Missing Children organization “ITAKA”, Europe’s INTERPOL and the Canadian National Police (RCMP) as internationally abducted children.

The RCMP as issued a Canada-wide alert for Edyta Watkins (Ustaszewka) and her profile appears on the RCMP’s Canada’s Most Wanted online. Canada has also issued a world-wide INTERPOL “Red Notice” for her apprehension and “Yellow Notices” for the abducted boys.

In December 2011, the Polish Hague Convention court denied returning the Canadian boys back to Canada. Stephen Watkins appealed this case and on May 29, 2012 another Polish Court dismissed the appeal and denied the return of two Missing / Abducted Canadian children back to Canada from Poland.

Even the Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper and the Prime Minister of Poland, Donald Tusk were asked a questions by the media on this high profile International Child Abduction case while both in Ottawa.
(See the RAW VIDEO of the two Prime Ministers Quotes on the Main YouTube Channel)

The father had already been granted sole custody of Alexander and Christopher Watkins, in January 2009 by the Canadian Courts prior to their kidnapping due to child protection concerns reported by a Canadian School as they realized that Edyta Ustaszewska (Watkins) was physically and mentally abusing the boys while in her care. The boys were apprehended by the Canadian Courts and by the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto and taken away from the mother and the two boys had already been living with the father since 2007.

The two Canadian boys which were 4 years and 7 years old when abducted from Canada in March 2009 by their non-custodial mother, Edyta Ustaszewska ( Watkins ), using a Canceled Canadian Passport and the children’s Canadian Passports which were repeatedly Ordered by the Ontario Courts to be handed over in what Canada’s National Police ( RCMP ) stated in 2010 as one of Canada’s worst International Child Abduction from Canada.

The father of the abducting mother has been arrested and charged for assisting in the abduction which is still before the criminal courts in Ontario, Canada.

The father plans to appeal this case in the European Union Courts.

FIGHTING TO GET KIDNAPPED KIDS BACK
SUN NEWS NETWORK with CHARLES ADLER: Parental Kidnapping
Reported by CHARLES ADLER on June 4, 2012 21:11
“Watkins Missing Children” – International Child Abduction case

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Thank you for SHARING this news interview so more people are aware of the injustice the Polish Courts are continuing to pursue which are breaking not only multiple treaties between Canada and Poland but also infringing on the Human Rights and the Rights of the Child as outlined in the UNITED NATIONS rights of the Child (CRC) which both Canada and Poland are signatories.

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Parental abduction : Children in a Legal Vacuum: International Child Abduction


Source: Huffington Post / Natasha Kuilak Mellersh

Many of us take on work or studies in a foreign country, and some of us end up having a family with someone of a different nationality. All great for international understanding? Well usually. But if the relationship breaks down, this type of globally mobile lifestyle brings new challenges for the family courts. Where do you file for a divorce? What about custody and visitation? What if the custody battle turns acrimonious?

With the increase in transnational marriages, international parental child abduction has become a serious problem that affects both individual states and the international community.  Parents who feel unfairly treated by the family courts may  “forum shop” taking the kids into a new legal jurisdiction that will be more likely to rule in their favour, thus sparking a re-run of their custody case. The Hague Convention on International Child Abduction is designed specifically to prevent this border-hopping between nations; signatory countries agree to accept decisions already made in another jurisdiction and to promptly return abducted children to their place of habitual residence.

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child also obliges states to ensure that national borders are not used to prevent children from having contact with their family. Signatory states commit to ensuring the continuity of a child’s life when a substantial part of it resides in another country.

Yet it is one thing to accept that is in the child’s best interests to maintain contact with their family and promptly return home; it is another to actually carry this out.

While international legal conventions are designed to regulate cross-border disputes and harmonise legal proceedings, these are not always enforced with appropriate urgency and are frequently evaded or blatantly disregarded. Although parental abduction has been defined as amounting to child abuse, the rights of the child are sadly often ignored in international abduction cases, with nationalistic posturing taking precedence.

Families living abroad are away from the steadying influences of friends and extended family, and may also slip through society’s safety nets of schools, doctors, social workers and counsellors. Who is going to follow up on a family that has moved abroad? Who will bother to find out the background of a family newly arrived in a country? If you don’t speak the language, how can you seek advice and counselling? National laws governing family issues must be adapted to the changing international culture and to reflect the ease of international travel and the transnational nature of many modern families.

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The recent case of the Grin/McIlwrath children highlights the numerous failings of the Russian authorities to work together with their Italian counterparts to protect the children involved. Grin, a Russian-born US citizen who was living in Italy, abducted her four children from their American custodial father in Florence. She travelled to Russia with the children despite Italian court rulings which removed her custody rights and indicated that the children were at risk if they remained with her. Her children have since been placed in Chabad-Lubavitch institutes/orphanages in St Petersburg at her request “for their own safety”.

The plight of the children, who are fluent in both English and Italian, has not even been acknowledged by the Russian authorities. It appears that the obligation of the state to ensure their safety and well being, and contact with their family and friends in Italy in the US, has been completely overlooked since they have been moved into a new jurisdiction, despite the fact that Italy, the US and Russia are all signatories to the Hague Convention.

Russian authorities have similarly done nothing to end the children’s isolation from family and friends, nor ensured they are safe from the risks identified in the Italian court proceedings.

Canada-Poland

In a parallel case two Canadian boys, Alexander and Christopher Watkins, were abducted by their Polish mother after her custody was revoked due to child-neglect. The boys were taken via the US and into Germany where the trail went cold. The Canadian authorities voiced serious concerns about the safety of the children and the ability of the mother to care for them, an Interpol red notice was issued and the mother was put on Canada’s most wanted list. When the children were finally located in Poland, the father immediately applied to have the boys returned home. At the December hearing in Poland the judge ruled that the children are now settled in Poland and should not be returned to Canada. This is despite the boys’ school in Poland independently suing the mother for child neglect. The appeal will be heard on 16 May 2012.

Leaving the children in the care of a demonstrably neglectful and potentially abusive parent is a clear breach of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Refusing to return the children to the custodial parent is a violation of the Hague Convention. That Poland as an EU member state is not being held accountable for the misapplication of these laws and agreements as well as blatantly ignoring Interpol red and yellow notices raises concerns for the quality of European law.

Although both cases have a non European element they both involve EU borders. The issues of cross-border problems arising from divorce or family problems should be tackled more effectively within the EU. While there is often talk of the unification of laws in the EU there is a clear lack of co-operation when it comes to family law. In a region in which members of EU states can move freely between and within numerous jurisdictions the legal tools must exist to deal with the resulting problems of this freedom of movement.

It’s not clear why the Hague Convention is largely ignored in many states, possibly it is perceived by the national judiciary as meddling from outside, maybe it’s just a sign of the general distrust of and reluctance to co-operate with another country’s legal systems, or it could just be plain nationalism: siding with the parent of the same nationality.

If the unification of laws in the corporate sector is moving ahead, why are the laws governing our private lives being left behind? The creation of networks such as Interpol, Europol and various UN initiatives have offered little assistance in addressing problems arising from transnational familial relationships, especially those involving children. While numerous national and international legal measures have been created to uphold the rights of the child, their application has been limited. The enforcement of existing laws and international agreements has not been enough to protect children from the dangers of international child abduction.

Immediate action is essential in cases of child abduction because of the age and vulnerability of the children compounded by the volatility of a parent who is putting their own child through the trauma of abduction. Yet both Poland and Russia have failed to act on these cases, posing a serious risk to the children involved. The person posing the greatest danger to an abducted child is the abductor.

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Will missing kids be discussed when Polish PM comes to Ottawa?


Source: KJ Mullins from Newz4u.net .

On May 12 Polish Prime Minister, Mr. Donald Tusk will arrive in Canada for the first time. Families with missing children located in Poland are hoping that Prime Minister Stephen Harper will work on their behalf with Tusk while he’s in Ottawa.

Tusk will be in Canada to discuss with Prime Minister Harper the possibility of expanding trade with Poland.

Tusk’s arrival in Canada takes place the same day as the arrival of Canadian Stephen Watkins in Poland. Watkins will be in the Polish Hague Appeal Court, fighting for the return of his sons Alexander and Christopher.

Poland is one of the nations that have ignores international obligations when it comes to international parental child abductions. For two Toronto fathers caught in the battle of trying to bring their Canadian children home this refusal of Poland to carry through with Hague Court orders has been a costly nightmare.

Watkins has been well documented in his search for his sons Christopher and Alexander. In 2011 the boys’ mother was given limited parental rights by Polish Courts after she was reported by the children’s school. This took place prior to Canadian Authorities knowing of the “Watkins Missing Children” whereabouts.

Watkins was in Poland during December for the Polish Hague Convention Trial. It should have been a clear-cut case. Watkins had sole custody of the children prior to his ex-wife’s alleged abduction of them on March 8, 2009. Instead Polish courts ignored the International Hague Order.

Watkins will be arriving in Poland with two letters from Canadian officials already sent to Polish officials dealing with his case. The National Recognized Missing Children Organization of Poland, ITAKA, will also be addressing the court during his appeal trial.

Watkins said in an email of the situation, “The Polish Hague Convention Trial, which ended in December 15, 2011, refused to return my abducted Canadian sons, who were born in Canada and had never traveled to Poland before. I had been granted sole custody by the Ontario Courts after living with me full time since 2007 prior to their abduction by their non-custodial mother.”

Watkins is not alone. Grzegorz Nowacki, a Polish Canadian father from Toronto, is also trying to bring home his child, Aleksander Nowacki, from Poland since May 2011 when he was abducted to Poland by his wife. The Polish judicial system is treating this case as domestic case rather than a Hague Convention case and they are not honoring or respecting Ontario Court Orders. Mr. Nowacki applied for access visitation for his son in Poland during The Hague Court proceedings, but the Polish Judge rejected visitation which is in contravention of The Hague Convention Treaty. Mr. Nowacki also agrees that it is a struggle and injustice to get Poland to follow The Hague Convention Treaty.

Children caught in this battle deal with parental alienation, a form of child abuse. They are ripped out of the world they know and placed in situations that can be dangerous as the parent who abducted them tries to evade capture.

“Poland has a long proven history of being a non-compliant signatory of the Hague Convention Treaty and failing not only ordering the return children but also NOT enforcing the return of children all together. Is this a responsible Canadian decision by the Prime Minister of Canada to work with Poland knowing all this information in advance?,” asks Stephen Watkins, “If the Prime Minister of Canada won’t do anything… who will fight for the human rights for our Canadian citizens let alone for our Canadian Businesses?

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Abducted to Poland: Stephen Watkins at rally for his sons at Polish embassy in Toronto


Source: Bring home Watkins missing children support group and yorkregion.com

Stephen Watkins children was illegally abducted to Poland, The black hole of child abduction – A non co-operating member of the Hague convention.

Stephen Watkins at rally for his sons at Polish embassy in Toronto

A Polish court has denied a Newmarket man’s bid to bring home his two children, according to the man’s Facebook page.
Stephen Watkins accuses his ex-wife Edyta Watkins (Ustaszewski) of abducting their two boys, Alexander and Christopher, in 2009.


Mr. Watkins wrote in a Facebook post last night he is not feeling well in the aftermath of yesterday’s ruling.
“I am frustrated along with being very sad. I don’t know what to say except that I am not giving up on my sons.” he wrote, adding he plans to appeal the ruling.

In advance of the ruling, Mr. Watkins acknowledged his uphill climb to secure custody of the boys was far from over.
“One thing is finding your kids, it’s another thing bringing them home,” Mr. Watkins said by telephone Wednesday from Warsaw, Poland, where has been since Nov. 23.
Mr. Watkins has seen Alexander and Christopher at an apartment building in the eastern European country, but has been unable to hug them, he said.
They seem confused and Mr. Watkins believes they have been brainwashed.
The long road from family difficulties. which began 2-1/2 years ago, to receiving word about the children through Polish court documents last summer has been emotionally taxing and financially burdensome, he admits.
“The Polish courts have known where my kids are for about a year,” he charged. “It took them a year to contact me.”
After his children disappeared, his ex-wife attempted to enrol them at a Polish school. But with no documentation about their boys’ background, Polish authorities apparently became suspicious and launched an investigation, which landed in the courts, Mr. Watkins believes.
Then, the Polish courts sent Mr. Watkins a summons.
“That was our first lead,” he said.
He was glad to know where his sons were, but his research had taught him not to get too excited, he added.


The boys were reported missing the Monday following a scheduled weekend visit with their mother.
After Mr. Watkins was granted custody of the boys, United States Homeland Security confirmed a woman and two boys took a flight from Rochester, N.Y. to Detroit, Mich. March 8, 2009 before departing for Frankfurt, Germany.
From there, the trio apparently entered Poland.


Mrs. Watkins is a native of Poland and has family there. The boys could also be recognized as Polish citizens, Canadian authorities said.
Because Canada has no extradition treaty with Poland, Mr. Watkins has faced an uphill battle.
He thanked several local support agencies, York Regional Police and Canadian officials in Poland for their help and acknowledged members of Parliament have spoken on his behalf.

Earlier this week, Newmarket-Aurora Conservative MP Lois Brown issued a news release stating she had discussed Mr. Watkins’ efforts in the House of Commons during discussion about a government initiative to help protect Canadian children travelling abroad.
However, Mr. Watkins believes only pressure from the highest levels of the Canadian government — the Prime Minister’s Office — will help pressure the Polish government.
“My fingers are crossed that (Prime Minister) Stephen Harper will stand up and say something,” he said. “I need some of that political clout.”
In advance of the court ruling, Mr. Watkins didn’t hold his hopes high and was skeptical of a major change in the situation.
“My ex has gone to great lengths to travel around the world … and hide the children,” he said.

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“I would like to thank the Canadian politicians LOIS BROWN, MP (Newmarket-Aurora) and JINNY SIMS, NDP PM (Newton-North Delta BC) for raising awareness to the Canadian government of my sons International Child Abduction case, known world-wide as ‘ Watkins Missing Children ‘, in Canada’s House of Commons and also raising awareness to the issues of International Parental Child Abductions from Canada.

I am hopping and my ‘Christmas Wish’ is that our Canadian Prime Minister, STEPHEN HARPER, also send an equally strong message and statement denouncing the actions of Poland with my two Canadian children, illegally kidnapped from Canada and now stuck in Poland.

I believe it will take a strong statement from our Canadian political leader seeking the return of my sons, similarly to what the United States – Secretary HILLARY CLINTON has done denouncing the inactions of Brazil and Japan in similar child abduction cases, so that the country of Poland understands that International Child Abductions will not be tolerated by any nation.” says Stephen Watkins, the father of Missing / Abducted Alexander & Christopher Watkins.”

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Abducted to Poland: Stephen Watkins at rally for his sons at Polish embassy in Toronto


Source: Bring home Watkins missing children support group and yorkregion.com

Stephen Watkins children was illegally abducted to Poland, The black hole of child abduction – A non co-operating member of the Hague convention.

Stephen Watkins at rally for his sons at Polish embassy in Toronto

A Polish court has denied a Newmarket man’s bid to bring home his two children, according to the man’s Facebook page.
Stephen Watkins accuses his ex-wife Edyta Watkins (Ustaszewski) of abducting their two boys, Alexander and Christopher, in 2009.


Mr. Watkins wrote in a Facebook post last night he is not feeling well in the aftermath of yesterday’s ruling.
“I am frustrated along with being very sad. I don’t know what to say except that I am not giving up on my sons.” he wrote, adding he plans to appeal the ruling.

In advance of the ruling, Mr. Watkins acknowledged his uphill climb to secure custody of the boys was far from over.
“One thing is finding your kids, it’s another thing bringing them home,” Mr. Watkins said by telephone Wednesday from Warsaw, Poland, where has been since Nov. 23.
Mr. Watkins has seen Alexander and Christopher at an apartment building in the eastern European country, but has been unable to hug them, he said.
They seem confused and Mr. Watkins believes they have been brainwashed.
The long road from family difficulties. which began 2-1/2 years ago, to receiving word about the children through Polish court documents last summer has been emotionally taxing and financially burdensome, he admits.
“The Polish courts have known where my kids are for about a year,” he charged. “It took them a year to contact me.”
After his children disappeared, his ex-wife attempted to enrol them at a Polish school. But with no documentation about their boys’ background, Polish authorities apparently became suspicious and launched an investigation, which landed in the courts, Mr. Watkins believes.
Then, the Polish courts sent Mr. Watkins a summons.
“That was our first lead,” he said.
He was glad to know where his sons were, but his research had taught him not to get too excited, he added.


The boys were reported missing the Monday following a scheduled weekend visit with their mother.
After Mr. Watkins was granted custody of the boys, United States Homeland Security confirmed a woman and two boys took a flight from Rochester, N.Y. to Detroit, Mich. March 8, 2009 before departing for Frankfurt, Germany.
From there, the trio apparently entered Poland.


Mrs. Watkins is a native of Poland and has family there. The boys could also be recognized as Polish citizens, Canadian authorities said.
Because Canada has no extradition treaty with Poland, Mr. Watkins has faced an uphill battle.
He thanked several local support agencies, York Regional Police and Canadian officials in Poland for their help and acknowledged members of Parliament have spoken on his behalf.

Earlier this week, Newmarket-Aurora Conservative MP Lois Brown issued a news release stating she had discussed Mr. Watkins’ efforts in the House of Commons during discussion about a government initiative to help protect Canadian children travelling abroad.
However, Mr. Watkins believes only pressure from the highest levels of the Canadian government — the Prime Minister’s Office — will help pressure the Polish government.
“My fingers are crossed that (Prime Minister) Stephen Harper will stand up and say something,” he said. “I need some of that political clout.”
In advance of the court ruling, Mr. Watkins didn’t hold his hopes high and was skeptical of a major change in the situation.
“My ex has gone to great lengths to travel around the world … and hide the children,” he said.

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“I would like to thank the Canadian politicians LOIS BROWN, MP (Newmarket-Aurora) and JINNY SIMS, NDP PM (Newton-North Delta BC) for raising awareness to the Canadian government of my sons International Child Abduction case, known world-wide as ‘ Watkins Missing Children ‘, in Canada’s House of Commons and also raising awareness to the issues of International Parental Child Abductions from Canada.

I am hopping and my ‘Christmas Wish’ is that our Canadian Prime Minister, STEPHEN HARPER, also send an equally strong message and statement denouncing the actions of Poland with my two Canadian children, illegally kidnapped from Canada and now stuck in Poland.

I believe it will take a strong statement from our Canadian political leader seeking the return of my sons, similarly to what the United States – Secretary HILLARY CLINTON has done denouncing the inactions of Brazil and Japan in similar child abduction cases, so that the country of Poland understands that International Child Abductions will not be tolerated by any nation.” says Stephen Watkins, the father of Missing / Abducted Alexander & Christopher Watkins.”

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Poland – The Black Hole of Child Abduction


The Stephen Watkins case is just one of many IPCA cases in Poland, where the polish courts rule in the criminal abductors favor. Poland protects their own,and doesn’t respect international laws or the Hague convention. A legal process in Poland is a total waste of time and money. – Martin Waage, ABP World Group

Source: Digital Journal

Polish judge rules that Watkins boys to remain with their mother

A judge in Poland is defying arrest warrants from Canada allowing a mother who is accused of parental abduction to retain custody of her two sons, Christopher and Alexander Watkins.

Earlier this month it was reported that Toronto born Christopher and Alexander Watkins had been found in Poland. Their father Stephen Watkins was on hand to finally see his two young sons after two and a half years.

In Canada a warrant had already been issued for the capture of Edyta (Ustaszewski) Watkins. She is also featured on RCMP’s Canada’s Most Wanted list after leaving Canada for the United States with Christopher and Nicholas. It is alleged she used a suspended passport to travel into Europe disappearing until this year.

On Thursday a Polish judge recommended that the boys remain in Poland with their mother. The court also recommends that the mother’s parental authority be limited and that a Court Guardian be appointed to the boys.

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Canadian Dad in Poland Trying for Return of Abducted Sons


Source: Fathers and Families

December 12th, 2011 by Robert Franklin, Esq.

The more we see of international child abduction by parents, the less effective the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction seems. 

The Convention is supposed to require signatory countries to return children to their non-abducting parent within 60 days of apprehension.  But the simple fact is that it seldom seems to work.

This may well be another example (Toronto Star, 12/10/11).

Stephen Watkins of Ontario lost his two sons – Alexander, 10 and Christopher, 7 – back in March of 2009.  They were abducted by their non-custodial mother, Edyta Watkins.  Stephen and Edyta were divorced and he had gained primary custody.

Stephen Watkins contends his ex-wife was suffering from post-partum depression and became abusive toward him six months after giving birth to their first child. After a court battle, a judge granted him custody of the children with his ex-wife having access to the boys on weekends.

Then, one Monday morning, his sons’ school called to say the boys hadn’t shown up for class.

A Canada-wide arrest warrant for abduction was issued for their mother, and her name appeared on the RCMP’s most wanted list. York Regional Police allege the mother and children drove into the U.S. and then flew to Germany.

After that, the trail went cold.

So, his first child is now 10 years old.  He was abducted by the mother at age eight.  Her emotional/psychological abuse of Stephen began six months after Alexander was born.

After over two years, he’s finally located them in his ex-wife’s native Poland.  He traveled to Warsaw and visited briefly with his two boys who looked much the same, but behaved very differently than before.

The short encounter was bittersweet.

“When I see my kids, they don’t call me daddy,” said Watkins. “They call me by my first name.” He accused his ex of brainwashing them.

Another article reports it this way (CTV, 12/10/11).

“They looked the same after two-and-a-half years,” Watkins told CTV News Saturday in an interview from Poland. “But they looked very stressed out and they seemed very angry…I can understand it would be very confusing for children.”

In short, the mother, who emotionally abused Watkins badly enough to lose custody and then abducted the children, seems now to be alienating them as well.

Canadian authorities issued an arrest warrant for Edyta Watkins when she first abducted the boys, but Canada and Poland have no extradition treaty, so her criminal wrongdoing will go unpunished as long as she remains in Poland.

That leaves the Hague Convention as Stephen’s only recourse to get his children back and away from their mother who appears to be willing to abuse anyone in her family in order to deprive her ex-husband of his children.  Mental health professionals long ago identified parental child abduction as child abuse, and so it seems here.  After only a few minutes with his boys, Watkins could tell their abduction, separation from him and possible alienation were causing the boys emotional/psychological harm.

But the more we see of the Hague Convention, the more frail a reed it appears on which to rely to protect children from exactly the type of abuse the Watkins boys have experienced.  The Watkins case is a perfect example of one in which the Polish court should immediately order the children returned to their father.  He’s the parent with primary custody and there’s evidence that the mother is less than fit.  Into the bargain, she obviously wants to deny the children a father.

So the case is a slam-dunk win for Stephen Watkins, right?  After all, his is exactly the type of case the Convention is supposed to address.

Not so fast.  In the first place, even if the court issues the right order this Thursday when it hears the case, it’s so far taken no action to prevent the mother from absconding with the children again.  You’d think that would be an obvious thing to do given the known facts of the case, but so far no order has been issued.

And when the court does hear the case, it can always decide that the children have gotten used to their new surroundings and it would therefore not be in their best interests to re-place them in their father’s care.  We’ve seen British courts do that more than once recently under circumstances that made clear that the words “best interests of the child” were just a proxy for pro-mother bias.

What’s to prevent that in the Watkins case?  Nothing that I can see.  Maybe that’s why the title of the CTV article says the children are “in legal limbo.”  Face it, the Convention is clear and Stephen Watkins’ rights are clear; so are his children’s.  The only “legal limbo” is whether the Polish court will enforce those rights.  Or will it fall back on the excuse that the boys have been in Poland for two of their 10 and 7 years and so, in some way, they need to remain there rather than returning to the country in which they’ve spent almost their entire lives?

You wouldn’t think a court could ignore all the obvious reasons to return the children to their father and to their home country, but we’ve seen it done too many times to hold out a lot of hope for Stephen Watkins and his boys.

We’ll see.  So far, the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction seems to be violated by judges almost as often as by parents.

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