Program Manager National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Every year children in the United States are wrongfully removed or retained by a parent or family member. When a child is abducted by a family member, the parent who has been left behind faces seemingly insurmountable obstacles. The emotional, legal, and financial difficulties precipitated by the abduction can be among the hardest challenges a parent will ever encounter. For parents whose children are taken to, or retained in foreign countries, these hardships can be particularly overwhelming. Despite these obstacles, however, searching family members can mobilize an effective response. NCMEC provides technical assistance and support to families, law enforcement and attorneys in the prevention of family abductions and assists in locating and recovering missing children. This presentation will offer descriptions of available civil and criminal remedies, identify resources and strategies to help searching parents and law enforcement locate missing children, and highlight the wide range of support services for victims and their families including crisis intervention, emotional support, referrals to appropriate community agencies and mental health professionals, peer connection, and reunification assistance.
Identify the unique characteristics of family abductions and the risk factors associated.
Recognize the differences between recovery and reunification, and how to appropriately prepare for both.
Learn about the resources that NCMEC offers to families, law enforcement, and mental health professionals, and how to utilize them within your agency.