The I CARE Foundation is a leading global non-profit organization dedicated to preventing international parental child abduction. The I CARE Foundation’s groundbreaking International Travel Child Consent Form has been hailed as a landmark global child abduction prevention tool by the international legal community including Hague Permanent Bureau Senior Officers. Since our inception in 2009, the reported U.S. outbound child abduction rate has decline by 38%.
Department of Justice: Parental Child Abduction: Threat Of Violence and Death Are Real
Children Parentally Abducted Are At Risk Of Violene or Murder At Hand of Parent Abductor
“Unfortunately, the threat of violence—and death—in these cases is all too real,” said Ashli-Jade Douglas, an FBI analyst in our Violent Crimes Against Children Intelligence Unit who specializes in child abduction matters. "Most non-custodial parental abductors want retaliation. They feel that if they can’t have the child full time—or any amount of time—then the other parent shouldn’t have the child, either.”
The following statement shared on the DOJ's official website should cause great concern for society as we try to protect our children from brutal crimes connected with abduction, including murder. This is something the I CARE Foundation has been sharing for some time: children of international parental child abduction are at risk of murder.. Truth is child abductors put children in grave risk. Parental child abductors are willing to break rules of law they are expected to obey as well as the orders of a court. Parental child abductors have no concern with perjury or contempt. Parental child abductors kidnap children in order to cause the targeted parent serious suffering. The aggressive act of kidnapping - using a child to cause harm - is the reality of parental child abduction. It is imperative that every social services program, every child welfare organization and every family protective service agency charged with investigating any claims of child abuse carefully analyze any allegations of abuse. Critically, these organizations must carefully scrutinize any claims made by a parent who was previously charged with child abduction, especially if a court determined that parent had committed a criminal act of child kidnapping, or in Hague cases during international parental child abduction that uses a civil procedure for the return of a child despite the federal act of kidnapping being committed, it is imperative that all social service personnel charged with investigating any claims of abuse or neglect made by a child abductor against their previous targeted parent be cautiously examined. Critically, all social service agencies acting on a complaint against a child made by a parent child abductor must commence their investigation with the hard reality that the child was a victim of kidnapping along with other forms of serious abuse, and carefully review the sociopath tendencies of abductors. As published on the United States Department of State's website, "When non-custodial parents resort to kidnapping, they believe they are acting in the best interests of their children. Although a minority of parenta1 kidnappers may actually save their children by taking them out of the reach of the other parent, the motives of most parents who steal their children are not at all altruistic. Parents find a myriad of reasons or self-justification for stealing a child from another parent Some abductors will find fault with the other parent for nonsensical transgressions; others will steal a child for revenge." The State Department's report includes, "[A] profile [of] the parent who shows signs of flagrant paranoid beliefs or psychotic delusions. In this situation, the intervention must focus on the child and his or her safety and well-being . . . Unfortunately, the other parent and the child must be informed about a safety plan at all times." Continuing, the Department of State's report specifically states, "[The] profile [of an international parental child abductor] is the sociopathic personality." Again, nobody wants to think about a parent killing their child. However, we must take into heavy consideration the statement by the United States Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) concerning the sociopathic behavior of abductors. Grave concern was expressed, "As with paranoid and delusional parents, sociopathic parents are unable to
perceive their children as having separate needs or rights. Consequently, they
often use their children blatantly as instruments of revenge or punishment or as
trophies in their fight with the ex-partner. Hence, the sociopathic parent
believes that domestic violence and child abduction can be perpetrated with
impunity. Like paranoia, a diagnosis of severe sociopathy is rare (4 percent of
the studies’ samples).
Filicide. It’s not a term that I like to talk about, but the reality is, we need to talk about it more. For those that are not aware, the term filicide refers to the deliberate act of a parent killing his or her own child. In the United States, hundreds of children are murdered by their parents each and every year. Proportionately, filicide occurs everywhere. It is not a phenomenon isolated within American borders: parents do kill children. And we can't put our head in the sand and think this does not exist.
According to a recent statement released by the FBI, there is a trend that I find incredibly disturbing coming from non-custodial parents - and that is the rate in which they are abducting and threatening to harm their own children... all with the intent of retaliation against the parent who has been given legal custody.
These facts share something that the I CARE Foundation has been saying for some time: Children that are parentally abducted are being murdered. As much as this isn't a surprise to hear, I am deeply troubled by this.
In the FBI report there were some recent cases of filicide that occurred at the hands of non-custodial parents:
In 2009, a non-custodial mother abducted her 8-month-old son from his custodial father in Texas. She told the father she killed the boy to prevent the father from employing his custodial rights and in retaliation for his alleged involvement with other women.
In 2011, a 2-year-old girl was abducted by her non-custodial father in California. A week later, both were found dead. The father committed suicide after shooting his daughter.
In 2012, a non-custodial father in Utah abducted and killed his 7- and 5-year-old sons and then committed suicide. He was angry over not being afforded sole custody of the children.
Ashli-Jade Douglasoffers up this advice to help keep children safe: “Custodial parents should inform schools, after-care facilities, babysitters, and others who may at times be responsible for their children about what custody agreements are in place so that kids are not mistakenly released to non-custodial parents.”
Parental child abduction is a serious crime. The act of abduction leads to ongoing forms of absue toward a child.
When a child is abducted they should immediately be considered to be in great danger! Law enforcement agencies need to act quickly to ensure that these innocent children are not going to be harmed. The sociopathic behaviors that a kidnapping parent exhibits has them believing in their own mind what they are doing is in the best interest of the child. When we think again about the fact that many of these cases revolve around revenge or retaliation, you can see it’s not out of the question to have the ultimate revenge be at the expense of the innocent child… with the act of filicide.
This is all very disconcerting, but one thing is for certain: raising awareness and stewarding the message about the warning signs of international parental child abduction is the key. This awareness has played a role in reducing the number of reported outbound child kidnapping cases originating in the United States by 15% during the last two consecutive years after nearly 30 years of continued growth. It is important to note that while the vast majority of international parental child abductions occur due to sociopathic behavior of a parent-kidnapper, there are times when a parent abducts in order to liberate themsleves and their child from abuse. We acknowledge this issue, and strongly cite that there is no room for any form of abuse in society. In analyzing the I CARE Foundation's casse load, we recognize that both men and women who have abducted their child have cited abuse as a way to have a court sanction their behavior. We also have concluded that the vast majority of these claims of abuse are false, and have been made by the abductor in order to avoid prosecution.
If I may ask you to please share the warning signs of international abduction – you may very well be getting this information out to a family that needs it… ultimately possibly saving the life of an innocent child. It is that desire, that is so ingrained in me, that I continue my fight each and every day!