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What to Do if...

You Believe Your Child has Been Parentally Abducted

The first priority is to locate your child. At this point you may have no idea where your child is, have a general idea where your child is, or know exactly where your child is (but still be unable to talk to them, see them or regain access to them). This knowledge will have a significant impact on how the police and legal system approach your case.

Note: If you do not have any leads about where your child may have been taken, you will likely need to rely upon the information law enforcement is able to learn through its investigation, and anything you learn on your own, before you can fully utilize many of the tools described in this section.

Depending on your circumstances, criminal charges may be laid, civil enforcement proceedings may be started, or both processes may be initiated at the same time. In many cases, it is wise to proceed with all options available to you. To do this effectively, you will need to learn about your rights and get advice from a lawyer. You may have to be persistent. There are many professionals that you can be connected with so that you are not alone, but you will need to advocate for yourself and on behalf of your child.

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