Parental Child Abduction
In Canada, the most common form of child abduction is by a parent or guardian. The term parental child abduction refers to when a parent/guardian takes, detains, or conceals a child from the other parent/guardian. It is not uncommon for other family members to assist the abducting parent/guardian with removing or concealing the child.
If your child is abducted by their other parent/guardian, it is important to act quickly in order to recover your child safely as soon as possible. While most parental child abductions are resolved with the searching parent/guardian and the abducted child reunited quickly, parental child abduction is a serious matter that may have lifelong impacts on those involved.
Indicators of Risk
What to pay attention to when assessing the risk of your child being abducted by their other parent/guardian.
What to do to help reduce the risk of your child being abducted by their other parent/guardian.
What to do immediately if your child has been abducted by their other parent/guardian.
The information provided above is intended for information purposes only. It is not intended as legal advice. Readers should assess all information in light of their own circumstances, the age and maturity level of the child they wish to protect, and any other relevant factors.