Fraud, consiracy, and heartbreaking schemes intended to destroy the family bond, and on many occassions, see a targeted parent arrested, are all part of the bizarre world of international parental child abduction. And while the evil schemes of an abductor unfolds, often in front of the blind eye of a parent, law enforcement, or the courts, children's lives are at stake, including the real threat of parent child murder at the hands of scheming child abductors, as shared this past week by the Department of Justice.
I have previously written that during the summer school break children are at the highest risk of being a victim of international parental child abduction. Often, cases of international child abduction that occurs during this time of year is when a parent initially travels with their child abroad with consent from the child's other parent. Often, the other parent (typically unsuspecting of any acts of abduction) will travel with scheming parent who is in reality, in the process of fraudulently planning an international child abduction. Once the scheming parent arrives in the country they are visiting, they unleash their abduction scheme, which can include legal petitions stating that the other parent had in fact consented to a relocation before they left the child's country of original jurisdiciton, or had subsequently agreed to relocate while in the new country.
This is a very serious matter, and I know many parents who were victimized by abduction under The Hague Convention's Article 13 - Consent or Acquiescense Defense.
During the coming summer ... parents traveling abroad really need to understand some of the do's and do not's!
1. Authorization To Travel.
For more information on International Parental Child Abduction in the United States, please visit the Department of State's Office of Children's Issues website. In Canada, please visit the Ministry of Justice. You may also visit the I CARE Foundation or the official website of Peter Thomas Senese's Chasing The Cyclone for extensive information on abduction.
Remember, each of us can help protect children by raising awareness of IPCA. I invite you to read just how important it is to stop abduction by reading 'Testimonial letters about Peter Thomas Senese and the I CARE Foundation', a diverse group of sworn letters concerning how a series of children were rescued from abduction or how their kidnapping was prevented.
And remember, each of our own individual voices does matter. We can all make a positive difference in the life of one another. Miracles do happen!