International Parental Child Abduction

Emergencies:  If your child is in the process of being abducted internationally by a family member, and is NOT yet abroad, contact the State Department’s Office of Children’s Issues immediately:

Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM EST – Call at 202-736-9090

Evenings, Holidays, and Weekends – Call 1-888-407-4747

How the Office of Children’s Issues can help:

  • We can work with law enforcement to try to stop the departure of children being abducted from the United States.
  • If the abductor is transiting a country that is party to the Hague Abduction Convention, we will contact authorities of that country who can attempt to stop the abduction as it is in progress.
  • If your child has already been abducted to another country, please visit our possible solutions page for more information, and then contact us for assistance.