Accession Number : ADA375323


Title :   Foreign Affairs: Specific Action Plan Needed to Improve Response to Parental Child Abductions


Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS DIV


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a375323.pdf


Report Date : Mar 2000


Pagination or Media Count : 37


Abstract : When international parental child abduction occurs, left-behind parents can seek the help of the federal government in two ways: (1) through a civil process as part of an international effort to gain access to or the return of the abducted child and (2) through a criminal process to bring the abducting parent to justice. The State Department's Office of Children's Issues is responsible for helping left-behind parents locate and visit their abducted children and for reporting on their general welfare. The Department is also responsible for providing left-behind parents with a point of contact to provide information on the status of judicial and administrative proceedings in other countries and to make contacts on behalf of left-behind parents with local officials in foreign countries. Most cases are handled under civil procedures established by the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of international Child Abduction, which covers 54 countries. See appendix I for a list of the participating countries.


Descriptors :   *INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS , *CHILDREN , *KIDNAPPINGS , GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN) , CIVIL AFFAIRS , COOPERATION , FEDERAL LAW , SOCIAL WELFARE , CRIMINOLOGY


Subject Categories : Sociology and Law
      Government and Political Science


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE