A Family Resource Guide on International Parental Kidnapping – Published by the US Department of Justice – 2nd Edition

This is the second edition of A Family Resource Guide on International Parental Kidnapping. It covers important developments in policy and practice since the publication of the first edition in February 2002, including:

  • Establishment of the AMBER Alert program by the PROTECT Act
  • Amendment of the International Parental Kidnapping Crime Act to make “attempted international abduction” a federal offense
  • Use of child abduction (CA) and AMBER Alert (AA) flags on missing children records in National Crime Information Center
  • Widespread enactment of the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, which addresses jurisdiction and enforcement in child custody, visitation, and abduction cases. Many states have included provisions authorizing prosecutors, and law enforcement acting at their request, to assist civilly in the location, recovery, and return of abducted children, and in civil enforcement of custody and visitation orders
  • Creation of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) after 9/11. DHS assumed responsibility for border protection, including a role in the recovery of missing and exploited children. This work used to be handled by the U.S. Customs Service and the Immigration and Naturalization Service
  • Online access to many useful resources via the Internet
  • Steady growth of the number of U.S. treaty partners under the Hague Child Abduction Convention
  • Development of uniform child abduction prevention legislation by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws

Table of Contents

  • Preventing International Parental Kidnapping
  • Urgent Cases: Stopping an Abduction in Progress
  • Searching for Your Child
  • Civil Remedies in International Parental Kidnapping Cases
  • The Crime of International Parental Kidnapping
  • Other Resources To Help Resolve International Parental Kidnapping Cases
  • Reunification
  • Recommended Reading
  • Directory of Resources
  • Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction
  • Application for Assistance Under the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction
  • Abduction Checklist for Parents
  • Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) Chart
  • Index of Frequently Asked Questions
  • About the Contributors