When Vacation Turns to Kidnapping
Almost five out of every 1,000 marriages end in divorce. The institution of marriage has become a sentence that people wish to receive independence from. And it's taking its toll, the ease at which people move from one relation to another has adversely impacted the stability of the family unit.
The amount of children being born out of wedlock also furthers the demise of the family unit. The lack of relationship ties and blurred roles have caused the courts to be entrenched in heated custody battles.
Once a ruling is determined, the implication doesn't end there. Some parents do the unthinkable, they take the law into their own hands and often abduct their child from the court appointed parent. The return rate is so low for children that are taken to foreign countries, that a call to action must be sounded.
This type of abduction has crossed our borders and become an international problem. The act of abducting children isn't new and is systematically covered regularly on America's Most Wanted, now being aired on Lifetime, Friday's 9pm/8c. This often emotionally violent act is selfish and reckless. It beseeches for the question to be answered, is the law in our land upheld elsewhere? The resounding answer is that these children are not protected from their parents.
A hand is extended and the child takes it. The parent takes their child’s trust, and hand and slowly navigates them to another country. The number of International Abductions is on the rise because the laws in foreign countries fail to heed the advice of the American Court System. There is an increased need for all countries to sign the Hague Convention On The Civil Aspects Of International Child Abduction to prevent parents from taking their children out of this country.
The time to insure that children are protected and cared for is now. In the summer months a large number of abductions occur because parents take their children away on summer break. They often use the excuse of visiting family abroad to navigate their children outside of the jurisdiction of the law. It is important to note that if parents threaten this action, they have most likely started to plan their kidnapping.
There are other signs that should be considered. The Warning Signs Of A Planned Abduction are easy to recognize in hindsight so it is important to review this to keep them in your mind..
This sense of entitlement and lack of regard for the law clearly demonstrates why these children were placed with the other parent to begin with. It is my hope that the children who have been abducted will be safely returned to the parent they belong with immediately.
Do you think a parent has the right to run when they disagree?
Important Contacts in The United States:
The United States Department of State’s Office of Children’s Issues in Washington, D.C.: (202.736-9090 or 202.736.7000) or their 24 hour emergency telephone number: (888.407.4747).
Local Police can be reached by dialing 911 from any phone.
The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) can be reached at: (1-800- THE-LOST).
Team HOPE: (866.305.HOPE).
Child Quest International: (408.287.HOPE).
The Vanished Children Alliance: (800–826–4743)