International Parental Child Abduction

The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, Overseas Citizens Services, views the protection of children as one of our highest priorities. Overseas Citizens Services is actively engaged in many matters relating to children and families as they cross international borders. The Office of Children’s Issues, a division within Overseas Citizens Services, provides specific services to parents in intercountry adoption and international family abductions.  Please note the Embassy cannot be involved in general custody disputes.

We are fully committed to protecting the welfare and interests of children, our most vulnerable citizens, and their parents. For more information about how Overseas Citizens Services can help you, please follow the links below.