There are important resources available for parents who have complicated marital or post-divorce situations to help them prevent international parental abductions, stop abductions in progress, locate children who have been abducted or who are wrongfully being retained in another country, bring an abductor to justice, recover children who have been abducted or are wrongfully retained in another country, and help them gain access to children being retained in another country. Needless to say, this will only work where the foreign country involved is not only a signatory to the Hague Convention but is also a country (not Brazil, not Japan, not Mexico, not Honduras, for example) that has a history of honoring the convention rather than trashing it.
One of the best resources is “A Family Resource Guide on International Parental Kidnapping,” Revised January 2007, Report, J. Robert Flores, Administrator, Revised January 2007, from the US Justice Department, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Some of the important issues this resource will help parents and their lawyers identify and deal with are these:
- How do you convince a trial court of the importance of recognizing the risk of international abduction?
- How can parents avoid the legal complications and unpredictable outcomes associated with recovery efforts in another country?
- What are the “red flags” or warning signs that your child may be at risk of international parental kidnapping
- What are the personality profiles of parents who may pose an abduction risk?
The Department of Justice identifies six profiles that are associated with risk of parental abduction. Bringing this to your trial court's attention is one of the first steps in putting a parental abduction prevention order in place.
Access “A Family Resource Guide on International Parental Kidnapping,” Report, J. Robert Flores, Administrator, Revised January 2007, from the US Justice Department, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
You'll find many other valuable resources on my website http://parental-kidnapping.com. If your child is missing, please contact me to see if I can assist you or your attorney in recovery. I've consulted in many interstate parental kidnappings -- 7 in the past 12 months alone -- and can walk your attorney through the process even if Michigan is not one of the states involved. You can email me firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 231-223-7864 or 231-649-2140.