The Department of Homeland Security Prevent Departure Program was created to stop non-U.S. citizens from departing the country. This program may be an effective tool to stop an international parental abduction in progress. It is important to note, however, that the program only applies to aliens. it is not available to stop U.S. citizens or dual U.S./foreign citizens from leaving the country.
Parents should note that there is a strict protocol to follow in requesting entry of a child or children into the Prevent Departure Program.