Dateline NBC aired the most remarkable and incredibly moving hour long interview on Friday, April 27, 2012. Meredith Viera interviewed Sean Goldman--the center of a high-profile international abduction case that ended with Sean's return from Brazil with his father on Christmas Eve in 2009. I've read the studies about the harm that parental abduction can and does do to children. What could be more devastating to a child that being taken and then being told "Your Mom/Dad doesn't want you" or "Your Mom/Dad died" or, as in Sean's case: "This is your new father?"
Dateline NBC has made the hour-long interview available to the public. I am grateful to be able to make it part of my blog post and archives. It is my greatest hope that Viera's interview will change people's minds about parental abduction being "not harmful." I urge you to view the 1-hour program and then to contact your senator in Washington and to urge passage of "The Sean and David Goldman International Child Abduction, Prevention and Return Act" introduced by Senator Chris Smith. This legislation could result in many, many more happy endings for left-behind parents and their children.
Due to the length of the program, it must be embedded in this blog in segments.
Dateline MSNBC Sean's Story: Part 1
Dateline MSNBC Sean's Story: Part 2
Dateline MSNBC Sean's Story: Part 3
Dateline MSNBC Sean's Story: Part 4
Dateline MSNBC Sean's Story: Part 5
Dateline MSNBC Sean's Story: Part 6
Dateline MSNBC Sean's Story: Life for Sean Goldman Today
Dateline MSNBC Sean's Story: Best Friend Reconnects with Sean Goldman
David Goldman is the the author of "A Father's Love: One Man's Unrelenting Battle to Bring His Abducted Son Home." This memoir shares Goldman's heart-wrenching and inspiring story of his relentless and determined efforts to recover Sean after the child's abduction by his mother in 2004. You may read an excerpt here.
Visit http://bringseanhome.org to learn how you can help other left-behind parents recover their children who are wrongfully detained in another country.