International Parental Child Abduction

If you have reason to believe that your child is in the process of being abducted by a parent, legal guardian, or someone acting on their behalf, you can speak with a country officer in the Office of Children’s Issues at the Department of State.

Call 1-888-407-4747 from the U.S. & Canada

1-202-501-4444 from abroad

Email us at

Visit the International-Parental-Child-Abduction page to learn more about abductions from and to the U.S.

To learn more about the warning signs and preventative measures you can take, please see the Department of State website for Preventing Abduction. Parents may enroll their U.S. citizen children under the age of 18 in the Children’s Passport Issuance Alert Program (CPIAP), one of the Department of State’s most important tools for preventing international parental child abduction.