International Child Abduction

The Central Authority for The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, is the Office of Children's Issues, within the Bureau of Counselor Affairs, in the U.S. Department of State. Under cooperative agreement between the Department of State and The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.The NCMEC handles all "incoming" cases, children abducted into the United States, and the Office of Children's Issues handles all "outgoing" cases, children abducted from the U.S. to another country. Office of Children's Issues "The Office of Children's Issues formulates, develops, and coordinates policies and programs and provides direction to foreign service posts on international parental child abduction. It fulfills U.S. treaty obligations relating to the abduction of children". This is the office within the U.S. Department of State that acts as the Central Authority. This site will allow you to better understand the role of Children's Issues as it relates to international child abduction.

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Child Support Enforcement Abroad

The Common Law Conference on International Custody: Judges representing six delegations...proposed the following "Best Practices" to improve operation of the Hague Convention.

Consular Information Sheets:

Antigua and Barbuda
British overseas territories

Dominican Republic
Hong Kong SAR

The Netherlands
New Zealand
The Philippines
Saudi Arabia
South Korea

St. Lucia
Trinidad & Tobago
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom

The Epidemic of Parental Child-Snatching: An Overview: Attempts to Prevent Parental Child Abduction, Applicable United States Laws, and the Hague Convention, By Hon. William Rigler. "This article analyzes several facets of the tragedy of child-snatching: ways to curb it, applicable legislation, and judicial responses."

Executive Summary: Common law Judicial Conference on International Child Custody: A Report on the Conference. The delegations "exchanged information and opinions about how courts are, and should be, handling international abduction cases, and in particular cases involving the Child Abduction Convention" (Hague).

GAO Report: Federal Response to International Parental Child Abductions.

GAO Report: Specific Action Plan Needed to Improve Response to Parental Child Abductions.

GAO Report: Foreign Affairs: Status of U.S. Parental Child Abductions to Germany, Sweden, and Austria.

GAO Report: Changes to Germany's Implementation of the Hague Child Abduction Convention

How Judges Can Support the Operation of the Child Abduction Convention: By the Rt Hon Lord Justice Thrope, given at the Common Law Judicial Conference, September 17-21, 2000, Washington, D.C.

International Child Abduction

International Child Abduction Agreement Is Signed: between the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the United States Department of State.

International Child Abduction Remedies Act: (ICARA)

International Child Custody: A Common Law Judicial Conference, September 18-21, 2000. Issues surrounding a safe return of the child. By the Delegation from the Commonwealth of Australia.

International Parental Child Abduction Home Page The Office of Children's Issues at the State Department assists in cases of international parental child abduction. We place the highest priority on the welfare of children who have been victimized in such cases. We are prepared to assist you as you pursue recovery of your abducted child

Legal Solutions When the Hague Convention Does Not Apply

List of countries that have signed the Hague Treaty: From the Office of Childrens Issues.

National Report of the United States of America: For the Common Law Judicial Conference on International Child Custody, Washington, D.C. September 17-21, 2000. Organization of the Courts of the United States of America.

PASSPORTS: Important Notice: All Minors must Appear in Person

PASSPORTS: Special Passport Requirements for Children Under Age 14 As required by Public Law 106-113. Effective July 2, 2001. Each Minor Child Applying for a Passport Shall Appear in Person

PASSPORTS: The Children's Passport Issuance Alert Program (CPIAP) is a service for the parents and legal guardians of minor children. It enables the Department of State's Office of Children's Issues to notify a parent or court ordered legal guardian before issuing a U.S. passport for his or her child.

Privacy Act Waiver Form: In accordance with the Privacy Act (PL 93-579) passed by Congress in 1974, U.S. Department of State personnel are not permitted to release any information not deemed to be in the public domain, regarding private individuals, without the express written consent of the concerned citizen(s).It is therefore requested that you complete the attached authorization, specifying those persons and/or organizations the Office of Childrenís Issues (CA/OCS/CI) may contact, and to whom the Office of Childrenís Issues may release information regarding your case.

Reports on Compliance with the Hague Abduction Convention Each year, the Department of State Office of Children's Issues is required under Public Law 105-277, Section 2803 to submit to Congress a report on compliance by treaty partner countries with the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Parental Child Abduction (Hague Abduction Convention).

Testimony of Maura Harty 6/22/2004: Maura Harty, Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs - Before the House Committee on International Relations: Child Abduction

Testimony of Maura Harty 7/9/2003: Maura Harty, Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs - Before the Subcommittee on Human Rights and Wellness, House Committee on Government Reform, on International Parental Child Abduction

Testimony of Maura Harty 6/26/2003: Maura Harty, Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs - Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on International Child Abduction and International Adoption

What We're Doing New About Child Abduction: By Barbara Greig: Recently, the State Department has greatly increased the attention given to the problem, though the effort is not often recognized.

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