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International Travel with Children: Preventing International Child Abduction

The best way to handle international child abduction is to prevent it before it occurs, although that is often far easier said than done. International child abduction has become increasingly prevalent as greater international mobility has spawned a concomitant increase in international personal relationships. Most abductions are committed by a family member, usually by a parent. Frequently, when international relationships end, parents want to “go home” to their country of origin and take their children with them, or they want to move to their new partners’ country of origin. In some such situations the children are removed covertly, but often the removal is couched as a mere “family visit home.”

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